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Texas Lawyer previously reported that the Texas Legislature's 2017 Sunset bill made changes to the state bar. ... Also, lawmakers changed the State Bar Act to allow the state bar to increase lawyer dues, without a referendum, if the increase is less than 10 percent and occurs no more frequently than every ...
I would like to invite you to attend the seventh biennial Lone Star Legislative Summit in Nacogdoches on April 13, where we are bringing Austin and Washington, ... In 1901, the Texas Legislature adopted the bluebonnet as our state's flower and in 1930 the Highway Department, now known as the Texas ...

Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, spoke as the Texas Legislature was in the midst of a special session. ... quit today and start the machinery of a special election to replace her, or she could wait it out, putting the special election sometime after the start of the Texas legislative session's beginning early next year.
“With this legislation, the Texas legislature proudly states that we don't see race,” Gov. Greg Abbott said as he signed the bill into law. “It's what's on the inside that matters, and now our schools will reflect that.” LISD is completely at a loss on how to implement this change, with the key problem being that ...
The Texas Legislature alone has hacked 63 exceptions into the Texas Public Information Act over the last four decades. Carve-outs have been added for the dates of birth of government employees, for attorney-client privilege, for information related to executions, for a public power utility's commercial ...
Dan Patrick's and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' index fingers. The Texas Legislature unanimously passed — and the governor signed — a Senate resolution last year to create a committee to work on patches to the state's open information laws. It's supposed to be a joint committee, with members from ...

In 1901, the Texas Legislature adopted the bluebonnet as our state's flower and in 1930 the Highway Department, now known as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), began a beautification program which led to bluebonnets being grown along most major highways throughout the state.
Members of the Texas Legislature sent a resolution to Congress this past Friday to urge them to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS Act), which provides funding to counties which contain federal forest lands. The members who signed the resolution include ...
Did you see the latest House salvo at proponents of bathroom bills in the Texas Legislature? This isn't going to win anyone a Profiles in Courage award. For starters, it landed a week after the primaries, when the debate might have been raging — it wasn't, despite predictions — about whether the state ...
The law, one of the most controversial in recent Texas Legislature history, came after Abbott declared the legislation a priority item early during last year's 85th legislative session. After the governor signed the bill during a Facebook Live event in May, the city of El Cenizo and Maverick County sued to stop ...
After Tuesday's primary elections, the only Hispanic Republican incumbent who will return to the Texas Legislature in January is state Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville. That's after three Hispanic GOP lawmakers served during the 2017 legislative session. On Tuesday, Dallas Republican state Rep.
Because of Texans who fought for freedom during the last legislative session, forced annexation has been significantly curtailed to the benefit of future ... Ultimately, the Texas Legislature should eliminate the distinction between large and small counties, and prohibit forced annexation everywhere in Texas.
Abbott's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether high-quality pre-K funding will be a priority for the 2019 legislative session. Molly Spratt, the legislative director for state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, said there is no ...
During the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers decided not to fund a $118 million high-quality pre-K grant program that was created in 2015 and championed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The money had gone to 573 districts and charter schools that pledged to meet measures like setting a lower ...
... of it in the next legislative session, which Seliger said he did not know. ... and he's fighting an uphill battle with what's in Texas legislature,” ...
A 2015 law passed by the Texas Legislature requires the Texas education commissioner to close any campus or replace the elected school ...
Within the legislation, there were provisions for the Texas Higher Education ... offenses to the institution, the Texas Legislature Online site said.

Commentary: How voter ID laws keep Texas from having a true democracy ... Bill 5 during the Texas Legislature's special session in August.
Texans should be able to receive relief from unconstitutional laws ... through amendments, which are proposed by the Texas Legislature and ...
What can the moderate Republican's departure from the Texas Legislature mean for the GOP, the 2018 elections and the 2019 legislative ...
The committees will report their findings to their respective chambers of the Legislature before the next legislative session begins in January ...
With the Texas Legislature fixated on “sanctuary cities” and ... At a state legislative committee this past session, families hold up photos of their ...
Matt Shaheen posted on Facebook about his determination to file legislation to abolish the taxpayer-funded commission. “Over the past week, ...
In prior legislative sessions, this same topic has been studied, but I am committed to finding a permanent, fiscally sustainable solution that will ...
In January, ahead of the regular legislative session, Hegar gave lawmakers a ... Did the Texas Legislature boost funding for border security?
"This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for ...
... approving an amended version of a House bill on tree regulations, ... to axe during the upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature.
Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, filed legislation to protect motorists who hit demonstrators "blocking traffic in a public right-of-way" if the driver exercises ...
Greg Abbott on Sunday, the fifth bill sent to the governor's desk during the special legislative session set to end in no more than three days.
With little more than a week left in Texas' 30-day special legislative ... few powerful moderate voices in the Texas Legislature, have opposed it.
Over the past decade, the state's share of the cost of public education has dropped from about 45 percent, according to the Legislative Budget ...
Here's a look at the state-vs.-local fight over bathroom regulations, the legislative debate on the issue and how some Texans feel about the ...
With a special session of the Texas legislature set to start Tuesday, ... Legislative machinations work similarly to the regular session, but the ...
Are we done yet? The last weekend of the first-called special legislative session by Gov. Greg Abbott is upon us, and things at the Capitol are ...
AUSTIN - A handful of members of the Texas Legislature have filed bills aimed at undoing the protections put in place by the Save Our Wells bill, authored and passed by Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) with overwhelming community support in 2015.
A proposed piece of legislation regarding land usage in the W.G. Jones State Forest is garnering concern from Montgomery County residents who do not want the land to be developed.
State budget cuts to higher education aren't the only problem worrying universities. Schools are also staring down efforts to freeze tuition and slash federal funding for higher education.
Since 1984, the Texas legislature has been pulling more and more state funding. That year, 47 percent of the university's funding was coming from the state but now, UT-Austin receives slightly more than 10 percent, accounting for inflation.
Sound far-fetched? Impossible? It is not - and the unlicensed carrying of firearms is not all that unique. An organization advocating restrictive gun laws appeared before the Texas Legislature Tuesday. The group opposes legislation that would allow ...
Abel Herrero, of Robstown, have filed bills in the Texas Legislature to strike the language that says ten or more jurors must agree to answer against the death penalty, and also remove a sentence that bars judges or lawyers from telling jurors what ...
That momentum keeps building until the 60 day deadline for filing most bills (which was March 10) - and snowballs into frantic activity before sine die on May 29 - the end of the legislative session. (Here's the dates of interest for the 85th ...
AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate on Monday approved changes to the state's controversial voter ID law to bring it into line with a federal appeals court ruling that declared it discriminatory toward minorities.
The rainy day fund contains $10-plus billion at a time when slumping oil prices have left the state facing a potential $6 billion shortfall just to maintain current spending levels in the 2018-2019 budget the Legislature is now devising.
Last week, the Texas Legislature passed the halfway mark of its 85th session, leaving two months to get bills through both chambers and to the governor's desk before they leave Austin.
Members of the Texas Legislature who tout the values of free markets, lower taxes and limited government appeal to conservatives, like me, but initiatives on the agenda in the state capitol this session propose something quite different.
After little debate Thursday, the Senate Education Committee voted 7-3 to pass legislation that would create two public programs subsidizing private school tuition and homeschooling expenses.
The Texas legislature passed a law last session to make it easier for certain drunk-driving offenders to get back on the road.
Actually, it's wrong because of the way the Texas Legislature legislates. Last time they met, our lawmakers approved 1,323 laws, not counting the celebratory resolutions. Odds are good that this year's total won't stray too far from that. There are ...
AUSTIN - Sandra Bland's death in the Waller County Jail in July 2015 sparked public outrage and calls for changes to the criminal justice system.
On Monday, the Texas Senate was making moves on several pieces of legislation that could affect access to abortion. According to the Huffington Post, one of the laws would effectively ban a method of second-trimester abortions. Another would curtail a ...


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