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Anti-Bullying Bill Filed for Texas Legislature
San Antonio lawmakers open pre-filing season with David's Law today
DAILY News  November 14, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...With harassment swelling in the wake of the presidential election, Texas Democratic lawmakers are taking the bull by the horns. Two San Antonio legislators have announced they intend to file an anti-bullying bill, David's Law, today, the opening day of pre-filing for the 85th Legislature...."

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
News Story  January 12, 2017, by the News Staff
"...If any moment captured the underlying conflict leading into the 85th Texas Legislature, it came on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 5..."

Sen. Kirk Watson on the 86th Texas Legislature
“In Texas, we don’t focus on what our needs are; we focus on what we want to pay”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Michael King
"...KW: Unfortunately, I don’t feel as optimistic there. I don’t think the Legislature is thinking about health care from the perspective of what we need, instead of what we are willing to pay..."

83rd Texas Legislature Opening
January 8, 2013. 39 Photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  January 9, 2013
"...Opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature..."

Ralph Nader's Open Letter to the Legislature
News Column  June 20, 2003
"...May 20, 2003 Members of the Texas Legislature Capitol Building Austin, Texas, 78701..."

Lege Lines: Only 139 Days to Go for the 86th Texas Legislature
House, Senate gavel in with new leadership
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Mary Tuma
"...It was nothing but jovial, halcyon times at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the first day of the 86th Texas Legislature..."

Rep. Vikki Goodwin on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I worry when people talk about property tax caps [and not] where the revenue is going to come from instead”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...I'm not in favor of the A-F [accountability] rating system. It hasn't been around long enough [for the Legislature] to make the decision on whether or not it's good for districts, but I personally am not in favor...."

Rep. John Bucy III on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve got to do everything we can to keep attention on Medicaid expansion”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Michael King
"...JB: We’ve got to stand in the way of infringing on local control, when it comes to taxes. That’s why we have local elections; the people pick local officials to make those decisions, and it shouldn’t be our job at the Legislature...."

It's Time to Hold the Legislature Accountable
Postmarks  August 19, 2005
"...Dear Editor, If the Legislature had focused on their assignment during the regular and special sessions, they might have had a better chance of accomplishing their mission. But they did not, and they did not. When Judge John Dietz declared the current system of public school finance unconstitutional, he didn't say a thing about “reforming” the current public education system..."

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I’ll be working against issues that will unfairly treat Latinos in the state”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Mary Tuma
"...ER:I’ve been at the Legislature for 16 years and served with Dennis. We’ve gone head to head on several issues, but we’ve also worked together on bills..."

Rep. Donna Howard on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Let’s target some new money toward childhood literacy, toward high school success, toward teacher quality – the kind of things that research shows make a difference”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...I think that should encourage a move toward the middle from the right. There might be more willingness to look at what we can do that would be acceptable to the more conservative members of the Legislature...."

Rep. Erin Zwiener on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We were always very clear that being progressive and being tribalist weren’t the same thing”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...A lot of folks often don’t really know anything about Hays County politics, or were just new voters in general, or very infrequent voters. And we talked to a lot of folks who were unlikely to turn out, and the main issue we would talk about is the connection between their property taxes and the legislature’s funding for public schools..."

Lege Lines – The Texas Legislature: Not Enron
Passing a state budget when one side’s “cooking the books”
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...If such a complicated piece of double-entry bookkeeping doesn't make sense, that's because it shouldn't, and Straus has not refrained from saying so. "This is the Texas Legislature," he told reporters last week through gritted teeth, just as the Senate Finance Committee approved the trick..."

Texas Legislature: A Beacon of Light?
Postmarks  May 5, 2005
"...Dear Editor, I just wanted to express the pure joy I felt when I heard about the Legislature's latest bill on cheerleading routines [“Naked City,” News, May 6]. I mean, they must have gotten a lot accomplished this session..."

Texas Comptroller Gives Legislature More Money to Spend
But don’t go crazy y’all
News Story  January 10, 2019, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...But don't go buy a new school system just yet! Hegar, as usual, sounded notes of caution in his BRE release, which for previous comptrollers has been an occasion for major grandstanding. "The Legislature will again face some difficult choices in balancing this budget," he said, citing both the need to close expected (Medicaid) and surprise (Harvey) shortfalls in the current biennium, as well as the inexorable pressure for "a potentially large boost in education spending to reduce the property tax burden and reform school finance."..."

Rep. Celia Israel on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Pandering to 3% of the electorate is not in anyone's best interest”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...My political sensibilities tell me it's all about timing. The Legislature keeps shedding its responsibility [on] property taxes and support for public schools, [and] the timing is right for us in the House to make a statement about that No..."

Rep. Gina Hinojosa on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We need to have the state pay its fair share into the school finance system”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Mary Tuma

Rep. James Talarico on the 86th Texas Legislature
“There isn’t a blue or red way to fix public education – there’s only a right way”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Austin Sanders
"...AC: What about that experience prepared you for the 86th Legislature?..."

Rep. Sheryl Cole on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve always been on defense, and we’ve got to learn how to play offense”
News Story  January 3, 2019, by Nina Hernandez

Joe Straus, Voice of Moderation in Texas Legislature, Won't Seek Re-Election
House speaker doesn't rule out future run for governor
DAILY News  October 25, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...His departure means the Texas Legislature has lost a much needed and increasingly rare voice of moderation in a leadership role amid growing conservative fanaticism. [image-1-right]..."

Texas Legislature Media Panel Tonight
Abortion, education, and more discussed by lege watchers
DAILY News  July 2, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Organized by the Texas Observer, the Texas Legislature Very Special Session Panel will talk about how the 83rd session and the resulting special sessions have gone/are going. Expect a lot of talk about the ongoing abortion fight, education funding, the rise of Democratic Sen..."

House Calls for Statewide Broadcasts of Legislature
Letter signed by 97 members goes out to cable companies
DAILY News  February 2, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Earlier today, a bi-partisan group of 97 House members, led by State Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), sent a letter to Texas cable and satellite providers asking them to cooperate with the legislature to televise the Texas legislative sessions across the state...."

How to Get the Legislature to Work
Postmarks  July 25, 2005
"...Editor: The aging process could be slowed down if it had to work its way through the Texas Legislature. School finance should be the only thing the latest special session finishes..."

Thinks State Legislature Should Be Required to Record Votes
Postmarks  June 29, 2004
"...Austin Chronicle editors, I hope that you will get on board supporting the call for a resolution to get our state legislature to require recorded votes. You can find out more about the push and see all the newspapers and organizations already on board at then click on the "Let the Sun Shine" editorial. A sample resolution is here I know you support more open government, so lets keep them from hiding their votes in secret...."

What Does the Legislature Have Against Austin?
Postmarks  February 23, 2004
"...Dear Editor, Ever since I moved to Austin I have been shocked by how badly the Legislature treats the town that hosts it. Usually the capital gets more goodies because the Legislators work there..."

Legislature Gets It Together
News Story  January 24, 2003, by Michael King
"...The 78th Legislature's first week was brief and mostly unremarkable. Lt..."

Bad Science Marches at the Legislature
Anti-vaxxers turn out for Public Health meeting, promise more action
DAILY News  March 6, 2015, by Richard Whittaker

Legislature Hearing More Small Farm/Local Food Bills
Bipartisan efforts in support of local food continue
DAILY Food  March 19, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood

Texas Legislature Passes Bad Legislation
Postmarks  June 15, 2011

Quick Election Round-Up: Legislature
Tea Party challenges falter, but a few big names fall
DAILY News  March 3, 2010, by Richard Whittaker

The Official Beer of the 81st Legislature
Actually, the Republicans probably wouldn't vote for it
DAILY News  May 31, 2009, by Lee Nichols

The Legislature's Top 10 Alternatives to Abortion
News Story  January 5, 2007

The 78th Legislature: Dates to Watch
News Story  April 11, 2003

78th Legislature: Work Accomplished as of April 9*
News Story  April 11, 2003

1997 Texas Legislature Press Bills
News Column  August 15, 1997

In Search of a New Agenda
What to look for in the 80th session of the Texas Legislature
News Story  January 12, 2007
"...Before Tom Craddick tried to reinvent himself two weeks ago as a kinder, gentler leader for 2007, most House members on both sides of the aisle had already determined that – with or without Craddick as speaker – bipartisanship would be making some semblance of a comeback in the new, 80th Texas Legislature...."

Judge: Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional
Now what? Legislators, education advocates and think tanks respond
DAILY News  February 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's been months in the coming, but when Judge John Dietz finally released his ruling yesterday on the Texas public school finance system, it was no surprise to anyone: The current system of "Robin Hood" recapture is unconstitutional on multiple levels, create a de facto statewide property tax, and is underfunded by the legislature...."

Capitol Chronicle
Always count on the Texas Legislature to remember: The gold rules
News Column  May 9, 2003, by Michael King
"...That would explain why, in these very difficult times, the governor and Legislature have needed to devote so much precious time and energy to helping the truly helpless: insurance companies, housing manufacturers, pharmaceutical giants, HMOs, hospital and nursing home chains, and other destitute corporate persons whom tort reform will save from the poorhouse. That would also explain why the governor declared the rising cost of homeowners insurance an official state emergency, while the inability of more than a million Texas children to acquire health insurance is not even an inconvenience..."

Jumping the Shark on Women's Health
For the sake of anti-abortion politics, the governor and the Legislature turned their backs on women's health care – with disastrous consequences. Is there any way to fix this mess?
News Story  January 18, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In that political context, women's health advocates aren't optimistic about the new Legislature. Will lawmakers comprehend how recent policies have led to the destruction of the health care safety net, or will they continue to push a social agenda wrapped in regulations and budget cuts, despite its disastrous effects on the state's most vulnerable women and families? "It is irrefutable, the public health damage that has been done," says Wheat..."

Point Austin: The Gavel Descends
The 86th Texas Legislature: Hoping for the Best ...
News Column  January 3, 2019, by Michael King
"...In a few days (Tuesday, Jan. 8, to be exact), the caverns of the Capitol will once again host a celebratory gathering of legislators, families, and supporters with the formal opening of the 86th Texas Legislature..."

The Return of the Lege
State’s 85th Legislature already a battle of House and Senate
News Story  January 5, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The 85th Texas Legislature is imminent, but don't expect a simple fight between Democrats and Republicans. In a re-run of 2015, the bitterest disputes look set to be between House and Senate. [inset-1-right]..."

How Long Is 140 Days?
As the 81st Legislature departs, does it leave a footprint?
News Story  June 12, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Early in the 81st Legislature, many lawmakers half-joked that if they got the budget passed, they'd call it a win. Considering how little major legislation passed and how the budget was bailed out by federal stimulus dollars, they may have aimed too high...."

Ooh! Ooh! Mr. Kotter!
Will Dewhurst veto the ability to override vetoes?
DAILY News  May 23, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Wentworth is the Senate sponsor of House Joint Resolution 29, which (if approved by voters) would change the Texas Constitution to allow the Legislature to briefly reconvene after the regular session to consider whether to override the governor’s vetoes...."

Another 'Special Session'
Political series returns to PBS in February.
DAILY News  January 24, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...It would work wonders for the pledge drive.) Anywho, each week Special Session devotes its half-hour to a new issue, with Stekler and his creekbed-dry wit querying his quests. According to the SS episode guide, upcoming shows touch on the new legislature, John Sharp, Ann Richards, and social services, like CHIP..."

Adiós! Don't Let the Door ...
A Quick Roundup of the Best and the Worst of the 78th Lege
News Story  June 6, 2003
"...The final weekend was even more chaotic than usual, and several major bills passed (or failed to pass) in the final hours. All bills enacted by the Legislature remain subject to Gov..."

Point Austin: The Definition of Insanity
Waiting for the Legislature to finally do its duty on school finance
News Column  January 17, 2019, by Michael King
"...Fresh from reviewing the News staff's upbeat interviews with the incoming Central Texas legislative delegation – Democrats all – I began the year ready to believe that the 86th Legislature was indeed going to be different. Reactionaries would retreat, open misogyny would return to the shadows, racism would be kept at arm's length, and the Capitol might actually accomplish some progress on school funding, health care, transportation ......"

Last Day at the Lege
Sine die arrives as threat of a special session looms
DAILY News  May 29, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Texas Legislature has only one job: to pass a budget for the upcoming biennium. More realistically, it has to at least pass the budget and Sunset legislation extending the lives of state agencies..."

Coleman: Perry Slow on State Schools
Legislative Study Group chair asks why governor has left fixing state residential facilities to legislature
DAILY News  February 5, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...While Coleman said he is "glad that the Governor has realized the importance of this pressing policy issue," he questions Perry for not acting already, since the Legislative Study Group Committee on State Schools sent him a report demanding urgent action. "The sad fact," he wrote, "is that these issues could have been addressed by administrative action during the interim instead of waiting for the Legislature to change statutes."..."

Bills, Bills, Bills ... and Bonnen!
Nearly 400 bills filed already for the 86th Texas Legislature
News Story  November 15, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...It's that time of (every two) year(s) again; Monday, Nov. 12, was the first frenzied day of bill filing for the 86th Texas Legislature..."

Point Austin: Shoot First
Boys and their toys, at the Legislature and elsewhere
News Column  June 1, 2017, by Michael King
"...The dust – or should we say the gunpowder? – has hardly settled on the 85th Texas Legislature, and by the time you read this, Gov. Greg Abbott will likely have announced a Very Special Session, since we apparently haven't done enough to purify public bathrooms of the suspicion of lurking transgenderism..."

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