"...(Speaking of rough patches, anti-immigrant backbencher Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, threw sand on State Affairs Chairman David Swinford's moment of glory he was roundly applauded Monday after surviving the grueling process of negotiating the homeland security bill through the House..."
"...Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso. has gotten little traction on his bill for universal health care in Texas, which continues to languish in the Senate State Affairs Committee..."
"...Two competing versions of the Anti-Gay-Marriage Amendment HJR 6 and HJR 19 have already been referred to the Texas House Committee on State Affairs. These proposed amendments would write discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans into our Constitution by banning marriage for same-sex couples..."
"...When Craddick handed down assignments two weeks later, Rodriguez, to his own surprise, was assigned seats on two of the committees he requested Pensions and Investments, and Urban Affairs. Neither is highly sought by most members, but Rodriguez says he wanted committee slots where he could actually benefit people in his district retired school teachers and government employees on the first committee, and affordable-housing clients on the second..."
"...Bill Ratliff, R-Mt. Pleasant, and his State Affairs Committee will somehow manage to make the sack of bitter tort-reform lemons that is HB 4 into something approaching civil-justice lemonade..."
"...But his peers in the House don't share his enthusiasm. Even though Krusee's bill exempted everyone who was elected to the Legislature before Sept 1, 1997, his bill died in the State Affairs Committee..."
"...However, beyond filing the bills, there seems to be very little immediate energy in the Legislature to move forward with any voter ID reform. In the Senate, election bills usually go through the State Affairs committee..."
"...The state Sunset Advisory Commission says the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs should be given two years to put its programs and priorities in order, but the agency's future could be strongly affected by decisions made much sooner than that..."
"...The bill requires parental notification but not parental consent, as does similar legislation by Bay City Republican Tom Uher before a doctor may perform an abortion on a minor. The legislation, along with half a dozen other anti-abortion bills, is pending in Steve Wolens' State Affairs committee, where similar legislation has died more or less quietly in the past..."
"...TASB assistant director of intergovernmental affairs Dax Gonzalez said bills like SB 19 are "sucking the air out of the room," while any substantive fix in a single special session is unlikely. History is on his side: The last time the Legislature really took on the issue in 2003, it took two regular sessions and seven specials to produce the now widely criticized Robin Hood system...."
"...Talking of the guns-for-everyone crowd, chamber security had to intervene when Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, almost got into a fistfight with State Affairs Committee Chair Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, after the Calendars Committee, on which Cook also sits, refused to put the abortion insurance restrictions in Senate Bill 575 up for debate..."
"...What Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, begrudgingly laid out as a committee substitute to Senate State Affairs on April 16 was a shadow of its former self..."
"...At least 14 other states have already enacted similar decrim measures and two are currently considering similar bills, he said. "I think it is time for Texas to join these 16 other states," he said in his closing remarks, "and [to] make sure that we have the kind of laws that [do good and that make Texas] one of the best states in the whole union." Especially given the dismal state of fiscal affairs here, he noted, it makes absolutely no sense to lock up nonviolent pot smokers..."
"...I would like to see our Texas politicians refrain from the fifth-grade behavior exhibited with partisan politics and get to the business of handling state affairs. The aggressiveness and poor judgement demonstrated by the Republicans may turn some of us longtime Republicans into Democrats in the next election...."
"...Rick Perry may call an immediate special session next week (the regular session ends June 2) to break the deadlock. Senate State Affairs Chair Bill Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, has refused to allow a conference until his House counterpart, Civil Practices Chair Joe Nixon, R-Houston, agrees to a list of changes -- at which Nixon balks..."
"...Since he's already a state employee as a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Council Member Bill Spelman is prohibited by law from accepting his council salary. So the citizens of Austin are getting his thoughtful, logical services free of charge..."
"...Hate Crimes Act. Gilliam told the House Judicial Affairs Committee that her group opposes the bill, authored by Rep..."
"...At a recent press conference, Austin City Councilmember Gus Garcia denounced the bill, saying, "the issue is that one greedy developer doesn't want to be controlled by anybody." The new district would have sole authority to regulate water quality standards in the 8,000 acres covered by the legislation. The bill is currently in the Senate State Affairs committee...."
"...9 marathon hearing on Senate Bill 16, Houston GOP Sen. Dan Patrick's ultrasound-required-before-abortion bill: None of the middle-aged white men on the Senate's State Affairs Committee were going to let concerns about the coerciveness or intrusiveness (or the constitutionality) of Patrick's bill get in the way of passing it out of committee and on to the full Senate for consideration..."
"...Instead, like Straus, she did come up through the Bexar County Republican Party. The first female state senator from Bexar, she left the lege in 1992 to become a two-term county judge, then returned to state-level affairs when she spent a six-year stint on the UT Board of Regents..."
"...He also implied the mass shooting in Waco had no impact on the handgun open carry rules in HB 910 because (wait for it) the bill hasn't passed yet... Some slightly good news on HB 910: the Senate State Affairs Committee has sent the bill to the full Senate, but has at least stripped off a widely criticized amendment barring cops from asking people with guns if they have a license....."
"...She's down as an author on House Bill 218, HB 626, and HB 101 - three of the big voter-suppression (sorry, that should be "voter identity verification") bills currently being pushed through the Lege. HB 218 requires voters to provide a voter-registration certificate and is now on the Senate floor; HB 626 requires a citizen present a birth certificate, citizenship papers, or a passport before they can register to vote and is being heard over in the Senate State Affairs Committee..."
"..."They've served 11 women. Basically, in the same time period, we could've served over 8,000," commented Sarah Wheat, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region..."
"...Talton, who tried to sell his bill as an "affordable-housing" measure, believes that poor people would be better served in the rental market an idea supported by for-profit developers but widely disparaged among nonprofit groups. The proposal would have changed the focus of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs from home ownership to apartment leasing..."
"...Dear Editor, Two competing versions of the Anti-Gay-Marriage Amendment – HJR 6 and HJR 19 – have already been referred to the Texas House Committee on State Affairs. These proposed amendments would write discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans into our Constitution by banning marriage for same-sex couples..."
"...The following excerpts, edited for clarity, are taken from an April 22 meeting of the House Committee on State Affairs, at which Rep. Robert Talton, R-Pasadena, introduced HB 1911, which would ban gay and lesbian foster parents..."
"...For Darrell Royal, the beloved former UT football coach and the stadium's namesake, that analogy is right on the money, so to speak. Back in February, in the darkened hallway outside the Lieutenant Governor's meeting room, a congratulatory crowd gathered around Coach Royal and UT Chancellor William Cunningham, who had just won a swift victory on the stadium bill from the Senate State Affairs Committee inside..."
"...Ogden and Smith are far from alone. Ranking incumbents like Education chair Rob Eisler, State Affairs chair Burt Solomons, Redistricting chair Delwin Jones, Pensions, Investments and Financial Services chair Vicki Truitt, and House Administration chair Charlie Geren all find themselves on the receiving end of the ire of more-conservative-than-thou challengers..."
"...Legislation passed in both the House and Senate (and certain to draw the governor's veto) would place a moratorium on concession contract agreements with private equity companies, deals that promise upfront payments to the state, measured against long-term profits on toll roads. In its final version, the bill ended up tagged on to another bill concerning Harris County's toll authority, which passed through the House County Affairs Committee, rather than the more logical House Transportation chaired by Round Rock Rep..."
"...The presumption was that the Texas House would follow suit. After all, all three measures passed through Senate State Affairs on Feb..."
"...Quinzi remains unsatisfied with the state of affairs. In the first place, unless the class C charges are also dismissed, the persons arrested will not be able to have their arrest records expunged – meaning that although they were never convicted or even jailed on the more serious charges, their records will reflect that they were once arrested for the jailable offenses..."
"...Hmmm … sounds mighty familiar. Perhaps Travis County should only set up voting booths in West Austin in the next election. HB 626 will be debated on the House floor on Monday. UPDATE: The Senate State Affairs Committee is hearing testimony on HB 218 as I type this (at 10:13am Monday); HB 626 has been postponed to the end of today's House calendar..."
"...A legislative inquiry into the conditions surrounding Bland's death and jail suicides in general was led by Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, who is chair of the House Committee on County Affairs..."
"...Metcalf was crushed. "Knowing that your daughter is dying is heartbreaking," she told the House State Affairs Committee on April 10, while testifying against a bill that seeks to ban all abortions after 20 weeks...."
"...This includes, particularly, the $170,000 from July 29 through December 15, 2005 the Perrys paid to Attorney General Abbott. After the Perrys paid $100,000 of this amount on December 15, 2005, the Attorney General was sent a December 16, 2005 request from the Chairman of the House Committee on State Affairs questioning the Comptroller's Review of the TRCC..."
"...Valinda Bolton has been elected vice chair of the Legislative Study Group; Naishtat remains treasurer... Senate State Affairs is considering Senate Bill 315 by Sen..."
"...Chair Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, has left it at the bottom of the to-do list for his State Affairs Committee..."
"...Pasadena Republican Robert Talton, on the other hand, is mean, snarly, rude, and, um, incompetent. Not even the State Affairs Committee's Republican majority could go along with a bill that would have prohibited gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents..."
"...David Dewhurst announced his committee appointments, which were more bipartisan than expected, with six Democrats joining nine Republicans as chairs of Senate committees. Still, the biggest plums remain in GOP hands; Amarillo's Teel Bivins takes over the Finance Committee, Plano's Florence Shapiro will helm Education, Lewisville's Jane Nelson will lead Health and Human Services, and Mount Pleasant's Bill Ratliff -- Dewhurst's predecessor as Lite-Guv -- will chair State Affairs...."
"...Script conferences tend to be mundane affairs. They don't generally involve spending the night in a haunted crime scene in rural Iowa, but that's where Owen Egerton, satirical novelist and co-founder of movie mockers Master Pancake Theater, found himself when he signed on to write supernatural drama The Axe Murders of Villisca..."
"..."Absolutely. No question; no question," says Sarah Wheat, vice president of community affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, which operates family planning and abortion care clinics from Dallas to Austin..."
"...Much to the chagrin of education advocates, she replaces Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, on Education. Cue one more solidly reactionary ally for pro-voucher chair Dan Patrick, R-Houston. Nominations (Vice-chair), Education, Jurisprudence, Transportation, Veterans Affairs and Military Institutions..."
"...Two years ago, the scene also enjoyed a steady stream of house and block parties, plus affairs similar to the current run of Wednesday evening freestyle shows at Rosewood Park. Back then, however, nobody could have predicted the popularity of two Monday night club shows -- the "Blow Pop" series at Nasty's and the Electric Lounge -- while fewer still could have guessed the galvanizing effect they would have on the local scene despite the fact that the series eventually splintered into two separate shows with both factions claiming they had the "real" night..."
"...Phil King, R-Weatherford last session: filed as House Bill 1110, it would not actually request a convention, merely clarify the rules for selecting delegates. However, it failed to get traction in the Senate State Affairs committee, and died an ignored death...."
"...Kirk Watson, D-Austin, has filed SB 1619, extending the life of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan from 2019 to 2023, and adding more counties to the air quality initiative... Questionable integrity: On March 16, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted out SB 10, Houston Republican Sen..."
"...Garcia joined Annie's List after serving in the protocol office for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the White House, she held several positions including Deputy Director in the Office of Presidential Scheduling and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Interior Department..."
"...For the utility, this provided some insulation. "From the very beginning, Marc Ott said one thing to us over and over and over again," says Mark Dreyfus, AE director of regulatory and government affairs..."
"...31, 2009. It also dredges up old questions about James Lee's reforms at TRS, like his 2008 grilling by members of the Senate Finance and State Affairs committees over the board's decision to dump its ethics-advising fiduciary counsel in favor of a new firm with no public pension fund experience..."
"...Eddie Rodriguez introduced House Concurrent Resolution 64, requesting that DHS explore all alternatives to the detention of immigrant and asylum-seeking families. It was referred to the House Committee on State Affairs in February, and no action had been taken on it since..."
"...Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, whose HJR 6 brought out the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender troops Monday to testify against it, surprised the State Affairs Committee with a substitute that merges his bill with a separate bill authored by gay foe Robert Talton, the Pasadena Republican who riled folks in 2003 with his unsuccessful attempt to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents..."