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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”
"...fifth term representing most of the city in the Texas Senate. His committee posts have included Finance, Health &..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Movies or Medicaid: A False Choice at the Texas Legislature
Another tug o’ war over funding for Texas’ film, TV, and gaming industry rebate program
"...from Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Dallas, as funding for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program took its traditional biennial..."

April 12, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Texas Legislature Media Panel Tonight
Abortion, education, and more discussed by lege watchers
"...arrested, some of the best and brightest of the Texas legislative press corps will gather tonight for an open..."

July 2, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Sine Die at the 86th Texas Legislature
"...Sine die at the 86th Texas Legislature on May 27, 2019..."

May 28, 2019 Photo Gallery

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...moment captured the underlying conflict leading into the 85th Texas Legislature, it came on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan...."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Amid Chaos and Crisis, the 87th Texas Legislature Gets to Work
Can we rebuild a democracy?
"...in the face. In between these Wednesdays, the 87th Texas Legislature came into being, as happens every two years..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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

Jan. 9, 2013 Photo Gallery

Women's Health Advocates Brace for "Perfect Storm" at Texas Legislature
Republican lawmakers racing to further restrict abortion access
"...A month before the 87th Texas Legislature gaveled in, Republican lawmakers were already working on..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Lege Lines: Only 139 Days to Go for the 86th Texas Legislature
House, Senate gavel in with new leadership
"...Tuesday, Jan. 8, the first day of the 86th Texas Legislature. The halls buzzed with advocates, spectators, and kids..."

Jan. 11, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Rep. John Bucy III on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve got to do everything we can to keep attention on Medicaid expansion”
"...Austin. Bucy is the president and founder of the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League (TCSAAL), and former..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Will the Texas Legislature Take On Police Reform?
George Floyd Act, APD takeover, TCOLE all on Lege's agenda
"...The Texas Legislative Black Caucus introduced the George Floyd Act in..."

Jan. 15, 2021 News Feature by Austin Sanders

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”
"...system. It hasn't been around long enough [for the Legislature] to make the decision on whether or not it's..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Criminal Justice Goes Unreformed by a Dismal 87th Texas Legislature
High presession hopes lead to deeper disappointments now
"...Last fall, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, with encouragement from Gov. Greg Abbott,..."

June 4, 2021 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Lege Lines – The Texas Legislature: Not Enron
Passing a state budget when one side’s “cooking the books”
"...If the Republican Texas House Speaker from San Antonio can be summed up..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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”
"...Typically, the Texas economy does very well, but we do sometimes have..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Rep. Erin Zwiener on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We were always very clear that being progressive and being tribalist weren’t the same thing”
"...is the connection between their property taxes and the legislature’s funding for public schools. A lot of folks didn’t..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Anti-Bullying Bill Filed for Texas Legislature
San Antonio lawmakers open pre-filing season with David's Law today
"...harassment swelling in the wake of the presidential election, Texas Democratic lawmakers are taking the bull by the horns...."

Nov. 14, 2016 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez on the 86th Texas Legislature
“I’ll be working against issues that will unfairly treat Latinos in the state”
"...ER:I’ve been at the Legislature for 16 years and served with Dennis. We’ve gone..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Texas Legislature: A Beacon of Light?
"...pure joy I felt when I heard about the Legislature's latest bill on cheerleading routines [“Naked City,” News, May..."

May 5, 2005 Postmarks

Rep. Gina Hinojosa on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We need to have the state pay its fair share into the school finance system”
"...note: Hinojosa’s father Gilberto is the chair of the Texas Democratic Party.] That should apply to every decision we..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Rep. Sheryl Cole on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve always been on defense, and we’ve got to learn how to play offense”
"...have the profile of schools in poor areas of Texas. It doesn’t make sense to not get credit for..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Looking Back at the Good and Bad of the 86th Texas Legislature
Sine dead!
"...We were promised an earnest, meat-and-potatoes, kinda boring 86th Texas Legislature, and that's more or less what we got...."

May 31, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Joe Straus, Voice of Moderation in Texas Legislature, Won't Seek Re-Election
House speaker doesn't rule out future run for governor
"...His departure means the Texas Legislature has lost a much needed and increasingly rare..."

Oct. 25, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Texas Legislature Grants Big Win to Small Farmers
Local vendors are thrilled; SB 932 heads for Gov. Abbott’s desk
"...In hopes of alleviating some of that tension, the Texas House pushed through Senate Bill 932 on May 14...."

May 15, 2019 Food Post by Jessi Devenyns

Rep. Celia Israel on the 86th Texas Legislature
“Pandering to 3% of the electorate is not in anyone's best interest”
"...system "byzantine" … if I were the queen of Texas, I would have already called a special session. I..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

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”
"...Talarico (HD-52), one of the youngest members of the Texas House, was sworn in after his November election district..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Top 10 Hits of the 86th Texas Legislature
What antics did those state senators and representatives get up to this year?
"...1) "Bluer Than Blue." Twelve new Dems in the Texas House and two in the Senate lowered the fevered..."

Dec. 20, 2019 News Feature by the News Staff

1997 Texas Legislature Press Bills
"...Expands the amount of public information available from the Texas Health Care Information Council, as a pro-consumer measure. HB1812:..."

Aug. 15, 1997 News Column

Texas Legislature Passes Bad Legislation
"...of Health and Human Services will do to the Texas Planned Parenthood state funding ban what they did to..."

June 15, 2011 Postmarks

Six-Week Abortion Ban Leads List of Bad New Texas Laws
Parade of horribles comes courtesy of the 87th Texas Legislature
"...In odd-numbered years in Texas, Sep­tem­ber 1 – Wednesday, as the Chronicle went to..."

Sept. 3, 2021 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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