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Senate Bill Threatens Local Water Quality Standards
Armbrister attacks Austin's control over the aquifer ... again
"...its municipal ordinance, including the notable failure in House Bill 1704. It's as regular as the tides...."

May 6, 2005 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Senate Delivers First Blow to Paid Sick Leave
SB 15, the boy who cried "voter fraud!" advance, and other Lege news
"...On Feb. 28, the Senate Committee on State Affairs advanced Senate Bill 15, which..."

March 8, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Religious Refusal Bill Prepped to Grant Texans License to Discriminate
"Sincerely held" nonsense at the Senate
"...with a toilet flush, but with a whimper, the Senate Committee on State Affairs sent a sweeping religious refusal..."

March 29, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Lege Lines: School Finance Bill Passes House With Flying Colors
Stickland only holdout on ambitious “Texas Plan” finance bill
"...House Bill 3, the session's marquee school finance legislation, survived over..."

April 12, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Bathroom Bill Flushed to Senate
Despite 21 hours of testimony, SB 6 goes to chamber floor
"...told a story Tuesday night about the problems with Senate Bill 6...."

March 8, 2017 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Perry Signs Education Bill: Now What?
Gov signs off on HB5 after veto speculation
"...the comprehensive graduation and school accountability reforms in House Bill 5. Now he's done the reverse, putting his official..."

June 10, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: GOP Sharpens Its Claws for Paid Sick Leave With SB 15
“Consistent Employment Regulations Act” would dismantle city’s right to protect workers
"...Policy Foundation and National Federation of Independent Business, sees Senate Bill 15, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, as the..."

Feb. 15, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Bill of the Week: Silencing Survivors?
Joan Huffman's bill may have an adverse effect on survivor psyche
"...Senate Bill 576, Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Senate Scuppers Speed Cameras
Two bills passing through Senate last week could deter city councils from putting up speed cameras.
"...Two bills about traffic cameras skipped through the Senate last week...."

April 9, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

UPDATE: Senate Filibuster in Progress
Close to vote on SB5; clock ticking
"...For a look at what happened on the Senate floor after midnight, see “YEA OR NAY?” For a..."

June 25, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Lege Lines: Dem Lawmakers Boycott Anti-Abortion Bill Hearing
Brass ovaries vs. HB 16, and other battle lines drawn at the Capitol
"...took a stand this Monday, March 25, against a bill that would further stigmatize abortion, boycotting a committee hearing..."

March 29, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

After All-Nighter, Senate Passes Voter ID
A marathon session delivers a GOP partisan priority
"...After a marathon 24-hour session, on Wed­nesday the Senate passed Senate Bill 362, which would require voters to..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Lege Lines: The “Sanctuary Cities” Bill's Detrimental Effect
Can anybody reasonably testify in support of SB 4?
"...before the House State Affairs Committee last Wed­nes­day, March 15, and bravely pleaded for state lawmakers to vote against..."

March 24, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Bill of the Week: Down With Tests, Up With Standards?
Bipartisan starting point for school graduation reform
"...started, Speaker Joe Straus said he knew there were 150 House votes for reforming the school graduation standards: He..."

Jan. 26, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Rose's SBOE Bill Fails, Then Passes
HB 710 will but ed board under Sunset review
"...was Patrick Rose’s HB 710, one of the many bills before the 81st Legislature trying to rein in the..."

May 5, 2009 News Post by Lee Nichols

Senate Speeds Through Anti-Choice Bills
Women's health sees rare victory here in Austin
"...In an anti-choice bill frenzy over the past week, the Texas Senate passed..."

March 24, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Dems for Governor: Bill White, et al.
White stands out as Dems' best shot
"...By early afternoon Feb. 6, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill White was on his fifth meet-and-greet of the day...."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

U.S. Senate: Sharp on Sharp
John Sharp explains why he's the best man for the job of filling Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat
"...Comptroller John Sharp made his pitch for his U.S. Senate candidacy to a group of local Democratic activists last..."

June 5, 2009 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Howard's Latest Bill
SBOE can't manage their Permanent School Fund
"...The fund, which currently stands at $20 billion, is used to support public education in Texas. In..."

July 27, 2010 News Post by Jillian Richardson

Rep. Jeff Leach Plays Both Sides With Abortion Ban Bill
"...saying he could "not in good conscience" advance the bill out of committee. Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, stated the..."

April 19, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

The Battle of Small Beer vs. Big Distributors Rages on With Texas Beer-To-Go Bill
Another chippy round of political beer pong
"...overhaul for craft brewery freedoms in state history with Senate Bills 639 and 515-518. Those pieces of legislation legalized..."

Feb. 1, 2019 Food Feature by Eric Puga

News of the Day: 11/15/10
Welcome our new collection of news stories
"...it may not be enough, BP has reimbursed $518 billion for oil-spill cleanup...."

Nov. 15, 2010 News Post by Eric Pickhartz

The AggreGAYtor: August 15
Your daily dose of LGBTQ news
"...• New lesbian super PAC backs Tammy Baldwin for Senate...."

Aug. 15, 2012 Qmmunity Post by Brandon Watson

The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
"...-- Tyler incumbent Republican Leo Berman, and Democratic challenger Bill Bowen;..."

Oct. 27, 2000 News Feature by Michael King

85th Texas Legislature Preview
Can the GOP-run House and Senate get along well enough to get anything accomplished?
"...dual role as lieutenant governor and president of the Senate, Dan Patrick had prepared a bombastic press conference promoting..."

Jan. 13, 2017 News Feature by the News Staff

A Victory by the People
Filibuster, parliamentary gamesmanship kill abortion bill … for now
"...took until 2:20 in the morning for the Texas Senate to determine whether 12:02am occurs on Tuesday night or..."

June 26, 2013 News Post by Dan Solomon

Telling...
Does Parental Notification Bill Trod On Abortion Rights?
"...first kiss," pleaded Rep. Debra Danburg (D-Houston) to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Although a House member..."

March 7, 1997 News Feature by Kayte VanScoy

Perry's Veto Axe Comes Down
Democrats and Republicans of all stripes and experience hit
"...session, issuing a grand total of 28 vetoes of bills passed. He was an equal opportunity bill killer, hitting..."

June 17, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

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
"...finance reform could be dead for this session. House Bill 1759 by House Pub­lic Education Committee Chair Jimmie Don..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Qmmunity: Less Space, More Hate
Plus events to queer tech and fundraiser for QueerBomb's 10th anniversary
"...More bad bills. Last Friday, The Dallas Morning News reported that Sen...."

April 5, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

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