• May 28, 2022

Tags : texas legislature

Texas’ second special session of the year is over. Here

The Texas Legislature on Thursday adjourned its second specially called legislative session, calling it quits four days early after pushing through a controversial elections bill that Democrats said would infringe the voting rights of minorities and reinstating funding for the legislative branch. After nearly 60 days of special sessions, three quorum breaks by House Democrats […]Read More

What it means to break quorum and what you need

On July 12, Texas House Democrats packed their bags and headed for the nation’s capital in a high-profile effort to block passage of GOP-backed voting restrictions. Democrats hoped their exodus would break what’s called a quorum — the minimum number of lawmakers needed to conduct business — so Republicans couldn’t pass legislation that could ban […]Read More

Texas lawmakers send $248 billion two-year budget to Gov. Greg

The Texas Legislature’s two-year, roughly $248 billion state budget is headed to the governor’s desk after the House advanced the proposal Thursday, completing monthslong negotiations between the two chambers. The spending plan, Senate Bill 1, is “a bill that each and every one of us can be very proud of, and it represents the priorities […]Read More

Analysis: Texas legislators have a long way to go and

Maybe your job is like this, too: The Texas Legislature does most of its work on deadline. And here we are, with two weeks to go in the regular legislative session, and many of the big things that appeared on the to-do list back in January remain unfinished. The budget. New voting and election restrictions. […]Read More

Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed

As opposition to Texas Republicans’ proposed voting restrictions continues to intensify, state lawmakers’ deliberations over the GOP priority legislation could soon go behind closed doors. The House early Friday voted 81-64 to advance a pared down version of Senate Bill 7, leaving out various far-reaching voting restrictions that have prompted widespread outcry from voting rights […]Read More

Analysis: The fight over local control turns to representation –

Efforts to bar local governments from hiring outside lobbyists or joining associations that lobby the state government are gaining steam, after falling short two years ago. If Texas lawmakers go ahead with current proposals, they’ll be hurting small towns more than big cities, and rural counties more than urban ones. The bigger local governments have […]Read More