"...The Chronicle's Robert Bryce dismissed as "almost laughable" our call for a lifetime ban on revolving-door lobbying, in part because self-serving members of the Texas Legislature are unlikely to pass such a reform anytime soon...."
"...The politics of downtown revitalization aren't the only things that bode less peace and harmony for the council in 1999. Here are more potential challenges : The 76th Texas Legislative Session: Some of the public servants who will gather as members of the Texas Legislature this session, to be called to order in a matter of days, are not only disinclined to work with the city that hosts their legislative shindig; they are its sworn antagonists..."
"...AISD Budget Director David Rastellini estimates that a nine cent increase in the current tax rate of 1.311 would be needed to fund the proposed budget, bringing the preliminary tax rate to about $1.40 per $100 property valuation. The cause of the delay, of course, was the long, protracted (and ultimately, rather fruitless) struggle at the Texas Legislature over property tax reform..."
"...1. The Texas Legislature finally deals with water..."
"...The Chronicle is a left-leaning paper; it should come as no surprise that the candidates we support for the partisan county, statewide, and federal races are left-leaning Democrats. The Texas Legislature did away with straight-ticket voting starting in 2020, but the option remains for the 2018 midterms; if you'd like to set the lever on auto, that's fine by us (as long as you then scroll through the ballot to get to the local nonpartisan races)..."
"...Paxton previously appealed the judge's opinion, which called the rule a "pretext" for restricting abortion access. A similar rule is found in anti-choice SB 8, passed by the Texas Legislature in May...."
"...She also touts her experience working with the Texas Legislature — Shea’s made property tax reform a big part of her campaign, and she holds out the promise of convening a statewide group of counties and municipalities to apply pressure to the Legislature. Eliminating loopholes that allow commercial properties to be appraised at lower than their true value, thereby raising rates for homeowners, will help make the city a more affordable place to live, she says...."
"...Mark Strama. "What is striking about the Texas Legislature this year is the sheer volume of environmental legislation considered and the surprising amount of good bills passed and signed into law," said TLCV Executive Director David Weinberg..."
"...• Just after 5pm on May 30, both chambers of the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die, ending the 82nd regular session. Then they returned at 8am the next morning for the first special session after Gov..."
"...Look at that picture: That's how the 82nd Legislature really finished. With Sen..."
"...House Joint Resolution 123, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, rescinded the 1899 application of the 26th Texas Legislature to the United States Congress to call an unrestricted convention under Article V of the United States Constitution...."
"...The Texas Civil Rights Project today criticized Gov. Perry and the Legislature for making Voter ID an "emergency" priority..."
"...If you didn't laugh, you'd cry. Every two years, the Texas Legislature is constitutionally mandated to pass a balanced budget..."
"...House Bill 81 from the 82nd Texas Legislature (2011) and House Bill 81 from the 81st Texas Legislature (2009) are the same bill filed by the same legislator. The proposed law has to do with using public funds to print some public documents in a language other than English...."
"...The 82nd session of the Texas Legislature will convene for its first day of business at noon on Jan. 11..."
"...What's more depressing? That, after bailing the current budget out with federal stimulus dollars, the Republican leadership of the Texas State Legislature will get props for today's announcement of $1.2 billion in budget cuts, or that they rejected almost exactly that amount in additional federal cash?..."
"...As part of their Week in Review email blast, released on Friday, the Republican Party of Texas made some excited and pretty bold claims about what the legislature just passed in the 2010-11 budget...."
"...A week ago, the Texas Legislature was divided along party lines. But with sine die – the final day of the 81st session – come and gone, the fate of several state agencies and billions in transportation funds hang in limbo, setting the House and Senate at each other's throats and leaving a whisper of special session in the air...."
"...As if we needed any confirmation, last week The Washington Post acquired a copy of the officially suppressed Department of Justice memorandum prepared by the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. As long suspected, the professional staff of the division unanimously recommended that the re-redistricting map forced upon the Legislature by DeLay and his cronies should be rejected, because it did not sufficiently protect the rights of minority Texans indeed, it was "retrogressive" as that term is defined in the constitutional challenges brought before the U.S..."
"...At the press conference, Mayor Will Wynn emphasized the importance of accessibility. Garnering giggles and groans by saying he "wasn't going to editorialize on the Texas Legislature," he pointed to one achievement from the Capitol crew last session: passage of HB 2819, which, taking effect Sept..."
"...So enjoy the reprieve while you can. As with most sessions, the 79th Legislature had its share of highs and lows the lowest point, the night Democratic Rep..."
"...When it appeared last week that the Texas Legislature might try to help pay for a property tax cut with a tax on performing arts events, local arts groups did not take it lying down. In fact, they showed just how quickly cultural coalitions can mobilize and how artists can make themselves heard as clearly in the back rooms of the Capitol as in the back rows of theatres..."
"...Gary Johnson has taken an unusual approach in the war against drugs by treating substance abuse as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice concern. He's sending a whole package of bills, eight in all, to the Legislature, an attempt so bold that it is unprecedented..."
"...During George W. Bush's first session as governor, the Texas Legislature was instructed to fabricate a "welfare reform" initiative that would jibe with the state's -- and the governor's -- pro-privatization, local-control-oriented, "right to work" philosophy..."
"...I had hoped to spend a lot less time on environmental issues this term and put the time into economic issues, but I'm just going to have to work real hard on both. Now that our friends up the street there came to town," he said, referring to the Texas Legislature, "thousands of more acres will be grandfathered under old, weak regulation..."
"...Noting that city council greens might block Motorola's plans with zoning requirements, Oppel countered, "But they should not use that power, because it would not be fair and would put at risk the environmental-business coalition. Pushing around Motorola in Circle C - the most controversial political taking yet - will hand pro-developer interests in the Texas Legislature a free pass to dismantle annexation." Oppel also warned that we might get into "an ugly fight..."
"...In 1966, Curtis Graves was the first African-American to be elected to the Texas Legislature since 1899. He campaigned alongside Eckhardt, who was running for Congress in a north Houston district that overlapped that of Graves..."
"...Perhaps he simply chooses to ignore the precedent of previous attorneys general, i.e., the "rule of law." Either way, hopefully a court will be quick to recognize Paxton's antics as just what they are, politically motivated antics. It is too bad that the state Legislature changed the law so that persons wrongfully sued by the attorney general cannot be awarded their attorneys' fees for having to defend a frivolous lawsuit..."
"...And now the fun begins. Speaker Joe Straus has just announced House committee appointments and membership for the 85th Legislature..."
"...However, this does raise an old specter for Republicans from the 2015 session. During the 84th Legislature, Rep..."
"...The primary goal of the lawsuit is a "level playing field" between commercial and residential properties, in theory to be assisted by "full sales disclosure" reflecting the actual market values of commercial properties – a standard repeatedly rejected by the state Legislature. Combined with the ability of commercial owners to litigate their appraisals, and to recoup their legal costs from appraisal districts (but not the reverse), the current system is heavily weighted in favor of commercial property owners...."
"...The mayor said Crigler's presence confirmed that the city and TCAD "do not see each other as adversaries in this action." He praised Crigler's work, and called the suit a collaborative effort in the interest of tax fairness. He noted that Crigler has advocated at the Legislature to allow more accurate information into the appraisal process – specifically additional property sales information expressing actual market value – and that the challenge lawsuit is another attempt to improve appraisal information...."
"...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..."
"...For those in the Texas Legislature waiting for the other shoe to drop on the special session, the footwear pours down as Gov. Rick Perry adds not one but three more items to the call: transportation, abortions, and minimum sentencing..."
"...The first called special session of the 83rd Legislature begins in earnest Thursday morning as the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting holds their first, and seemingly only, public meeting...."
"...While launching a severe overhaul of the Fort Worth Senate seats, the panel decided to leave the Travis County upper chamber as the legislature planned, split four ways. However, the panel split over the House proposals..."
"...The first special session of the 82nd Legislature is only 525 minutes old, but there has already been the micro-flurry of bills filed. The big question is, how many fill Gov..."
"...• The Texas Legislature is in budget meltdown after failing to reach an agreement on how to spread more than $4 billion in school funding cuts. Lawmakers only have until the session ends Monday to reach an agreement, or they'll be back for a special session..."
"...Simply getting lower labor costs cannot be regarded as "good economic reasons," Pittman wrote, as the effect "would be to eliminate the very protections of the employees' right to collectively bargain." Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, who sits on Cap Metro's board, said, "I want to ensure that our work force is treated well, our service remains at its highest standards and our transit agency in the best possible financial position. Any resistance to a state statute mandate should be discussed with the Texas Legislature."..."
"...Item 17: $740,000 for “representation services” and lobbying at the upcoming Texas legislature...."
"...The predicted tsunami of anti-incumbent feeling sweeping away established names turned out to be more of a drip in the March 2 primaries for the Legislature. Tea party activists, often backed by well-funded think tanks like Empower Texans, targeted insufficiently conservative Republicans like House Elections Committee Chair Todd Smith, R-Euless, and even Senate Finance Committee Chair Steve Ogden, R-Bryan – but to little effect..."
"...7) NOT SO SPECIAL With the main session chubbed to death, there was a load of pending business that the Legislature could have settled in a special session. Instead, Gov..."
"...When it comes to the Texas Legislature, more than policy nuance, more than floor politics, more than gossip and the fate of bills, the one question asked most often is, "So is there really a band made of legislators?"..."
"...Dear Editor, State Legislature: apples and oranges. The Texas Legislature may be filled with some good apples and bad apples, but it sure does look like all the apples are filled with worms. Let's recap some of the special-interest legislation that was approved and/or permitted so far this year: - deregulation of higher education tuition; - eliminate "frivolous" malpractice lawsuits to lower medical costs (ha!); - increase lawmakers retirement benefits, tied to pay raises for judges; - unconstitutional provision for longer terms for members of Regional Mobility Authorities; - lax home insurance legislation (doubled the cost of homeowners insurance); - lax health care legislation (increases in costly health care insurance); - deregulation of telecom (telephone) costs (our bills should increase shortly); - inability to approve adequate financing and learning outcomes for public education; - approves governor's and TxDOT's plans for toll roads (double taxation); - shirks away publicly from new taxes, yet adds new taxes in many areas; - promises property tax-relief, yet doesn't deliver; - religious institutions don't have to pay property taxes on land investments; - lax regulations on charter schools; - push former state costs onto local districts. So, if all the apples in the legislative barrel continue to have worms in them wouldn't it make sense to replace those apples ASAP with oranges?..."
"...What are we voting on? You're giving permission (politically, if not literally) for Capital Metro to commence with building a 52-mile light rail system, which will, according to the transit authority, take at least until 2018.Why are we voting on it? In 1997, the Texas Legislature, in response to public controversies about Capital Metro's management and accountability (and the valiant efforts of anti-rail forces), dissolved the all-citizen Cap Met board. They also gave Capital Metro the authority -- which, given the context, meant they gave Cap Met an order -- to hold an up-or-down referendum on light rail in or before November 2000..."
"..."Elected officials understand the power of an organization like IAF," said Naishtat. "And they understand the pressure brought to bear on the Texas Legislature by tens of thousands of Texans who need the Legislature to do more for them and for their families."..."
"...The history of anti-gay legislation in the Texas Legislature is as long as it is ignoble. And although odds are good that the state's sodomy statute will soon be ruled in violation of the state's constitution (see "In and Out," August 11), odds are better that Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, will be back in January with another anti-gay initiative...."
"...In many ways, the point is moot. Increasingly, lawmakers are seeking to capitalize on their experience by peddling influence in the Capitol after they retire, making the Texas Legislature little more than basic training for an army of lobbyists...."
"...Spelman said the council would like to approve a city policy on impervious cover transfers in order to allay fears that the deal would set off a fit of deal-making between the council and developers. According to City Hall insiders, the council has a fear of its own: that by taking a hard line on the Forum issue, it will be viewed as a cadre of left-wing, salamander-worshipping crazies by the members of the Texas Legislature who, when they reconvene in January, will have the power to either resume their Austin-bashing ways or to let up on us a little..."
"...But does all this philanthropy come out of the goodness of council's heart? Hardly. More like from a rational fear of not only the court system, but more importantly, the conservative 1999 Texas Legislature, which has already promised to come after Austin for its annexation actions..."