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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

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

Jan. 9, 2013 Photo Gallery

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

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

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

Meet the Texas Lawmaker Working to Ban Conversion Therapy
Rep. Celia Israel on politics, queerness, and transportation
"...In 1992, Celia Israel had one thing holding her..."

April 2, 2019 Qmmunity Post by Lilli Hime

Beer Bill Filed With Legislature Changes Proposed Requirements for Breweries
Billionaire beer distributors are still railing against beer-to-go
"...The proposed Flow Meter bill was filed in the Texas Legislature on Friday, March 8, but as it relates..."

March 12, 2019 Food Post by Eric Puga

Will Texas Patch Up TABC Before It Bursts?
If ever an agency needed to be scorched by the state’s Sunset Act, it’s the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com­mis­sion
"...liquid fire of the state's Sunset Act, it's the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com­mis­sion. For not just years but generations,..."

Feb. 1, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Future Is in Flux for the Texas Film Incentive Program
Texas loses productions to states with bigger and better incentive programs
"...decade, the creative industries have been explaining that the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program isn't just for cinema,..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Behold the Texas Miracle!
The Texas Miracle has a very mixed record on state prosperity
"...– are familiar with the political rhetoric of the "Texas Miracle." Coined by state business boosters to describe the..."

March 20, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

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