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Film Incentives Pass House
Lawmakers unanimously approve Travis Co. bill: Author Dukes expects quick passage
"...she coaxed the 81st legislature into actually passing a bill. "First bill of the session, first bill on the..."

March 25, 2009 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: House Committees, Revenue Estimates ... & Snacks
The Lege appoints House Committee members, offers revenue estimates, and ensures lawmakers are well fed
"...House Committees Confirmed..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bill of the Week
Legal landscape shifts in passage of 'emergency' item
"...House Bill 274Filed: March 10, 2011 Author: Rep. Brandon Creighton,..."

May 13, 2011 News Column by Richard Whittaker

Bill of the Week: A Straight Ticket to Court?
Rep. Ron Simmons wants to end straight-ticket voting
"...House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton..."

May 19, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Oh No, It's Mr. Bill!
Do Bill Bunch's Tactics Hurt the Springs He Loves?
"...It is a dilemma that environmental attorney Bill Bunch faces daily, surely when he's sitting on the..."

Oct. 18, 1996 News Feature by Alex de Marban

Needle-Exchange Bill Barely Hanging On
State Rep. Dianne White Delisi all but kills legislation that would let local health departments establish one-for-one anonymous needle-exchange programs
"...the dome last week, where, as chair of the House Public Health Committee, she single-handedly pulled a quack job..."

May 25, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Tort Deform at the House
Tort reform climbs the mountain -- and then gets pushed back down.
"...missed last week's tort reform sessions in the Texas House, the members had a special treat for you: this..."

March 28, 2003 News Feature by Michael King

Probe-Before-Abortion Bill Moves Forward
Republicans and their probes: Coming to a vagina near you
"...After two days of debate, the Texas House late March 3 voted 107-42 to pass the ultrasound-before-abortion..."

March 11, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

U.S. House of Representatives
Redistricting happens when? Not soon enough!
"...were 25 Repub­lic­ans and 11 Democrats in the state's House delegation. When the results came in on Tuesday night,..."

Nov. 11, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen
The guitarist settles in Austin but flies Transatlanticana
"...Transatlanticana, the new album from guitarist Bill Kirchen and keyboardist Austin de Lone, closes with a..."

Aug. 26, 2016 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

UPDATE: The People's Filibuster Continues
Opponents of war on women use lege rules to derail abortion ban
"...emotional testimony on highly restrictive abortion legislation last night, House State Affairs Committee Chair Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, abruptly terminated..."

June 20, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

'Let Her Speak!'
Abortion hearing erupts into an emotional match
"...It’s 12:25 in the morning in the House State Affairs committee room at the John H. Reagan..."

June 21, 2013 News Post by Dan Solomon

Never Enough Time for Ethics
House GOP leadership seems determined to pretend bipartisan reform bill quietly disappearsName(s) of subject
"...Poor Mary Denny. The Aubrey Republican, chairwoman of the House Elections Committee, is under fire from everyone – everyone..."

April 22, 2005 News Column by Amy Smith

Lege Lines: School Finance Math; Tax Plans Diverge; Veteran Benefits Restricted; and More
Is school finance dead this session?; House and Senate tax plans split; Lege restricts veterans' benefits; and more
"...School finance reform could be dead for this session. House Bill 1759 by House Pub­lic Education Committee Chair Jimmie..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Getting Film Incentives to Pay Off
Film Commission director Bob Hudgins talks about proposed reforms to the incentive program
"...needs some work," which is why she's back with House Bill 873 to fix the problems (see last issue's..."

Feb. 10, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Watson's 3/17 Speech Against Voter ID
Transcript of Austin senator's remarks
"...Whatever complaints one may have about Austin Sen. Kirk..."

March 18, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Gay Place
Gov. Greg Abbott signs discriminatory bill into law
"...Last Thursday, June 15, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3859 into law – meaning that on Sept...."

June 23, 2017 Column by Sarah Marloff

Whole Woman's Abortion Clinic To Reopen in Austin
First abortion clinic reopens since SCOTUS HB 2 ruling
"...North Austin – shuttered in the wake of anti-choice House Bill 2 – will reopen in April, clinic leaders..."

March 16, 2017 News Post by Mary Tuma

Looking at the Lege After a Flaccid Special Session
Alpha males Abbott and Patrick can't get their red meat passed
"...one 140-day regular legislative session, but can't get the House and Senate to agree on every bill he wants..."

Aug. 18, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

Nonprofits and the City's Quest for Affordable Housing
Helping usher Austin out of a quagmire of inequality
"...12% of the estimated low-income affordable housing (affordable to households with an income less than $25,000) in the entire..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

This Way to the Big Top!
From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town
"...What slowed the last session? The exit of House Speaker Tom Craddick, and his replacement by Speaker Joe..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Film Incentive Program Funding Uncertain, Anti-Choice Buffoonery, and More
Lege considers film incentive program funding and anti-choice antics take hold
"...incentives. In 2005, Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, authored Senate Bill 1142, establishing the Film Indus­try Incentive Program. But it..."

March 20, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Big Legebowski
The session will be remembered largely as an opportunity lost to partisan displays
"...power play nearly brought down the entire session, when House Dems showed that they wouldn't – as a Republican..."

June 12, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

On the Lege: A $156 Million Disaster
The Accenture scheme blows up in the state's face
"...the agency so long to cancel a nearly $1 billion contract with consulting firm Accenture is but one of..."

March 23, 2007 News Column

Small Victory, Bitter Defeats
A small win for the good guys, followed by a huge loss.
"...For reasons still somewhat mysterious, last week the House rejected HB 1554, the "virtual charter" bill that would..."

May 2, 2003 News Column by Michael King

Show Them the Need
The great GOP wave breaks on the realities of the actual cost of government
"...Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered the school finance bill. In reality, the Lege had to come back (er,..."

June 10, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Reefer Madness: Treatment Works
Bill would divert low-level drug offenders from prison and save a bundle of money
"...Texas more than $14,000 (at the low end) to house an inmate in a state jail facility for a..."

March 6, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Lege Notes
Odds and ends (mostly odds) from the 79th
"...R-Round Rock, laid out legislation this week in the House Transportation Committee, HB 2656, which would actually allow the..."

April 15, 2005 News Column

On the Lege
Byrd Bill Stalls ... Again
"...is Thursday afternoon, and senators' final deadline to consider bills in committee is Friday. The legislation, known as the..."

May 14, 1999 News Column

Lege Lines: The Score
How the 83rd did on water infrastructure, the budget, education, the environment, and transportation
"...of our ongoing coverage, here's a wrap-up of some bills that did or did not make it through the..."

June 14, 2013 News Feature by Brandon Watson

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