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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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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 www.dallasmorningnews.com/opinion then click on the "Let the Sun Shine" editorial. A sample resolution is here www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/stories/121703dnedirecordedresolution.afdbf11c.html. 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..."

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..."

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."..."

Numbers Don't Lie, Film Rebates Work
Which films and TV shows quit Austin over lack of rebates?
DAILY Screens  May 25, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...With the Legislature's budget arguments almost done, the film, TV, and video-game industries nervously await the fate of the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (TMIIIP). Many fear that, having already lost TV shows like American Crime and The Leftovers, more productions will quit the state...."

Texans Protest Film Incentive Cut
Change.org petition demands special session to save program
DAILY News  May 29, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Whether it's settling the budget, education, or abortion rights, they've become commonplace. But as the Texas Legislature slashes film incentives, there's a call for Gov..."

House to Bridge the Road Funding Gap
Lower chamber meeting at 2pm today for third special session
DAILY News  August 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Day seven of the third special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature, and the House will meet today for another attempt to provide $1 billion a year extra for road construction and maintenance. The big question now: Can the House and Senate reach an agreement on how this affects the Rainy Day Fund?..."

A Sunday at the Capitol
Orange-clad abortion bill opponents witness House floor folly
DAILY News  June 24, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...After a House committee on Friday quietly approved three bills that would further demolish a woman’s right to an abortion, the Texas Legislature convened Sunday with the emphasis on Senate Bill 5 (which ultimately passed Monday morning, with the House addition of a “fetal pain” amendment)...."

State Budget Estimate Up, But Much Already Spent
Texas prepares for second half of grand bait and switch
DAILY News  January 7, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...As the Texas Legislature prepares to reconvene tomorrow, there's some good budget news from Comptroller Susan Combs with a healthier-than-expected budget revenue estimate...."

Point Austin: What Do They Conserve?
The 82nd Legislature sets a new standard for official recklessness
News Column  May 13, 2011, by Michael King
"...In short, this budget will be the ultimate disgrace of the 82nd Legislature. You could almost stomach it, if they'd only stop pretending that this reckless disregard for the actual state of the commonweal is, by any stretch of the imagination, "conservative."  ..."

Day One on the Floor
Liveblogging from the House in the 82nd Legislature
DAILY News  January 11, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...And so it begins: The 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas begins today. We'll be keeping track of events throughout the day, so check back here for regular updates...."

Rodeo 80
The 2007 Legislature in a quick-step roundup
News Column  June 8, 2007
"...Throughout the negotiation process over House Bill 1, the budget bill, the Senate Finance and the House Appropriations committees agreed on one thing: that almost every state agency has been damaged by years of underfunding. The plan was to move cash from one-off special items into the core budget, where it would be much harder for future legislatures to slash..."

About AIDS
Ohio Legislature Rejects AIDS Education Money
Columns  April 14, 2000, by Sandy Bartlett
"...The Ohio legislature has established a new record for short-sighted stupidity by instructing the state to turn down a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that included funds for AIDS education. Conservative lawmakers opposed to the grant want abstinence-only sex ed for students, without discussion of alternatives, and the proposal to be funded did not satisfy them..."

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..."

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...For Education Austin's Zarifis, those federal cuts are as worrying as whatever damage the Legislature may wreak, because those federal dollars are so targeted. "We're running on such a slim budget," he said..."

Straus Announces House Committees
Lots of seats but no chair positions for reps in Travis County
DAILY News  February 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...And now the fun begins. Speaker Joe Straus has just announced House committee appointments and membership for the 85th Legislature..."

Wiley Aims for Workman
Travis County GOP rep faces primary challenge
DAILY News  June 19, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Now that the regular session of the 84th Legislature is over, primary season is upon us. As of this morning, Travis County has its first intraparty struggle, as former District 6 Austin City Council candidate Jay Wiley will challenge three-term incumbent state Rep..."

Bonus Bill of the Week: Mandatory Gun Shows
Undue haste to tie county hands and force them to cut rates
DAILY News  May 8, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The 84th Legislature has seen ceaseless attacks on local control, from fracking to red light cameras. But the latest would force local convention centers to give sweetheart deals to gun shows, and the gun lobby seems hellbent on pushing this through as quickly and stealthily as possible...."

After the Election, the Deluge of Bills
More than 400 new pieces of legislation already filed for 2015
DAILY News  November 11, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...244 measures from the House. The 84th session of the Texas Legislature may not kick off until Jan..."

Commissioners Say No to Tax Protest
County will study, not challenge, commercial appraisal roll
DAILY News  June 10, 2014, by Amy Smith
"...Travis County Commissioners this afternoon opted against waging a protest with the appraisal district over the 2014 commercial property tax roll. Instead, commissioners voted to study the appraisal process and work with the Legislature to try to resolve property tax inequities...."

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