• October 21, 2020

Tags : Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Senate won’t pass bill

Less than 24 hours after the Texas House gave preliminary approval to a bill reducing the criminal penalties for Texans found to possess small amounts of marijuana, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick declared the measure dead in the Senate. House Bill 63 by state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, would lower possession of 1 ounce or less from a Class B to […]Read More

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, other top leaders, propose raising the

Texas’ top three political leaders — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen — threw their support Wednesday behind a proposal to increase the sales tax by one percentage point in order to lower property taxes across the state. But that’s only if lawmakers agree to limit future local property tax increases. The proposal would […]Read More

Texas Lawmakers Punt on Setting a Spending Cap for 2019

Some of the state’s political leaders, including House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, took the unusual step Friday afternoon of declining to set the state’s spending cap after calling a meeting to do just that. Straus and Patrick met Friday meeting in their role as part of the 10-member Legislative Budget Board, […]Read More

Will Texas School Finance Panel tell Schools to do More

A state panel responsible for proposing improvements to Texas’ embattled public school finance system is facing criticism from an unexpected source: some of its own members, who say the panel’s hearings seem geared toward a predetermined outcome of making schools do more with their current funding. Texas school districts have repeatedly sued the state over […]Read More

Lt. Gov. Patrick Asks Senate Panel to Study Free Speech

A little more than two weeks after a conservative state lawmaker had his speech at Texas Southern University disrupted by protestors and canceled, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked members of the state Senate to spend the coming months studying whether students’ free-speech rights were being infringed at state universities. Patrick’s mandate, announced Tuesday, was included in a list of […]Read More

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposes Millions for Teacher Bonuses and

With less than a week before the start of a special session of the Texas Legislature, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick laid out a proposal Thursday to give teachers bonuses and increase their retirement benefits, with plans to pay for both long-term using money from the Texas lottery. Patrick called a press conference to roll out his own priorities […]Read More

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Fires Back at Critics of “Bathroom

Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called “bathroom bill” he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called “bathroom bill” he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same […]Read More