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For more than a decade, the Texas Legislature has allowed these fake women's health centers to operate with no accountability and little oversight and continues to tout them as actual health care providers. This is especially disturbing, as our state grapples with addressing the rising maternal mortality rate.
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.

Rep. Jason Villalba of Dallas, left, high-fives fellow moderate GOP Rep. Sarah Davis of West University Place on the Texas House floor. Both faced challenges from candidates from far-right groups in Tuesday's primary. Davis survived, while Villalba was defeated by Lisa Ruby Ryan. RALPH ...
For the first time in history, the Texas Legislature will have three openly LGBTQ members. Attorney Jessica Gonzalez, 37, defeated incumbent Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, in Tuesday's Democratic primary. There is no Republican in the race, so Gonzalez will take over the District 104 seat in January.
The only pro-choice Republican in the Texas legislature secured her party's nomination in Tuesday night's primary, despite fierce opposition from the state's arch-conservative governor, Greg Abbott. Sarah Davis, the moderate GOP incumbent for Houston-area District 134 defeated Abbott's favored ...
The only pro-choice Republican in the Texas legislature is fighting for her political life--and Democrats might not be her biggest threat. That's because Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican known nationwide for his efforts to restrict immigration, abortion and transgender rights, is actively campaigning for ...

A panel of Texas lawmakers meets Wednesday to take a look at how the state funds higher education each year. Legislatures across the country -- who all face rising costs of higher ed and are trying to contain tuition hikes -- will be watching for portable solutions that might work in other states. Click the ...
Representative Senfronia Thompson, a Houston Democrat and the longest-serving woman in the Texas Legislature, told the Observer about her experience speaking out about sexual harassment during her first term in 1973. One explanation for the lack of records is that complaints are sometimes handled ...
Marianne Arnold: "A lot of people I know are struggling -- people you would think would be established in life, but they're working two or three jobs." Staff photo -- Rod Aydelotte. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. Marianne Arnold, 68, a retired accountant and plant-tissue researcher at Texas A&M ...
When the Texas Legislature reduces appropriations to school districts, each dollar we pay in higher local school property taxes counts for less. ... When the Texas Legislature doesn't maintain state aid, we pay higher local property taxes to yield the same amount of money to school districts, even as student ...
Jones added that while several LGBTQ candidates have been elected to the Texas Legislature, no openly LGBTQ candidate has ever been elected to represent Texas in the U.S. Congress. However, that could change this cycle. "Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, who is running in Congressional district 23, has ...
The Texas Supreme Court and a Texas district court issued rulings that raised doubts about the cost study authored by Lori Taylor, a Texas A&M University professor who had been employed by the Texas Legislature to help defend the state in a lawsuit challenging constitutionality of the Texas education ...
At the time, I had just been elected to the Texas Legislature. I was also the father of a 6-year-old who was a student at our local public school. As I drove her to school the day after the shooting, I could not help but to think of all those precious angels who lost their lives in such a violent and senseless way.
Felons are ineligible to serve in the Texas Legislature, but Uresti can keep his seat while he appeals. If he serves until the end of his current term in January 2021 his pension could grow by more than $9,000. And that money won't go away even if Uresti is finally convicted. A law passed last year renders ...
Argyle started a school marshal program four years ago after the Texas Legislature passed Rep. Jason Villalba's House Bill 1009 in 2013. The Dallas Republican's bill set up strict requirements for arming school employees, whose identities are known only to school administrators and law enforcement.
Sebree's talk at the symposium provides an unvarnished look at how the oil and gas industry uses its immense power to persuade the Texas Legislature. Though it's no secret that oil Lobbyists usually get their way at the Capitol, industry insiders rarely reveal their tactics, especially when their messaging ...
Richard Beyea, candidate for the Texas House of Representatives joined The Chad Hasty Show on Tuesday to talk about his campaign for election to represent Texas District 88. Beyea and Hasty discussed a number of issues including Beyea's history and experience, and changes he would like to see in ...

Escue says laws passed by the Texas Legislature give them the green light to bring charges. "We are given a lot of tools to prosecute people for committing these types of offenses," she said. Escue points out that it starts with the community when you see or hear about a threat you should report it. She says ...
The unclaimed money doesn't go to waste, though -- if the winner doesn't show up to claim his or her prize by Thursday, the money will be spent on programs approved by the Texas Legislature. READ MORE POPULAR STORIES FROM STATESMAN.COM: Why Austin's new H-Mart is a 'grocery shopping ...
If convicted on any counts, the two-decade veteran of the Texas Legislature would be ineligible to continue serving his district, though he could keep his seat during appeals. He also faces jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. prosecutors have argued that Uresti knew about the company's ...
The Austin City Council on Friday morning approved a new rule requiring businesses in the city to provide paid sick leave for employees, but movement is already afoot in the Texas Legislature to kill the ordinance. At a meeting where over 200 people came to testify -- a majority of them supporting the ...
Speaking at the Texas Capitol on Friday, state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, tells members of the media he will work to pass legislation that will override the Austin City Council's recently passed paid sick leave ordinance. STEPHEN SPILLMAN / For AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Story Highlights ...
Marianne Arnold: "A lot of people I know are struggling -- people you would think would be established in life, but they're working two or three jobs." Staff photo -- Rod Aydelotte. facebook · twitter · email; Print; Save. Marianne Arnold, 68, a retired accountant and plant-tissue researcher at Texas A&M ...
A mild-mannered county official told the truth about the Texas Legislature Friday, and the resulting tremor was felt from Arlington to Austin. During what is usually a snoreworthy annual speech to business leaders, County Judge Glen Whitley of Hurst said property taxes are high because the state pays less ...
Created in 2017 during a special session of the 85th Texas Legislature, the 13-member commission was established to develop and make recommendations for improvements to the current public school finance system or for new methods of financing public schools, according to the Texas education ...
The line between partisan and racial gerrymandering has become indistinguishable in the Texas Legislature. One of the main techniques Republicans in Austin have used to maximize their partisan advantage is packing African-American voters, who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, into as few districts ...
The Texas Legislature last year tried unsuccessfully to pass a bill to rely more on these risk assessments than fixed bail schedules. Harris County implemented a risk-based system after the lawsuit over its bail practices began, but it was not enough for the judge. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal said in a ...
At least 13 states have shifted the drawing of legislative district lines from their state legislatures to an independent board or commission. Bills were introduced last year in almost 30 other statehouses to create redistricting commissions. Redistricting should be taken out of the hands of the Texas Legislature.
And if convicted, Uresti would lose his long-held seat in the Texas Legislature, though he could continue to serve during the appeals process. The trial is expected to continue for about three weeks in San Antonio. Uresti is also set for a May trial in a separate bribery case. Indictments for that case, as well as ...
Donna Howard, a Democrat from Austin, aimed her sights on the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature. She ticked off a list of laws crafted by GOP lawmakers with theological underpinnings that have made it difficult for women's reproductive rights: Controls on abortion, funding cuts to women's clinics ...
Having listened to countless numbers of constituents on this topic, I firmly believe the Texas Legislature must continue to build on the ground that has been broken with respect to this issue. As a starting point, we should recognize that testing is necessary, but not to the extent that one end-of-year, be-all, ...
One never knows when a plastic bag -- from a grocery sack to a shower cap -- will fill an emergency need, and maybe that's why the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature last year outlawed local ordinances that ban single-use plastic shopping bags. As you might imagine, lawsuits ensued. The city of ...
Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the Texas Legislature is not immune. Following reporting by the Daily Beast and the Texas Tribune, stories of sexual harassment, abuse and its own cultural tolerance of it forced the Legislature to do some navel-gazing. To its credit, the Texas House quickly ...
State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, a two-decade veteran of the Texas Legislature, is heading to trial in a criminal fraud case. by Emma Platoff Jan. 18, 2018 12 hours ago. 7. State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, arrives at the federal courthouse in San Antonio on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Robin Jerstad for The ...
Plastic bag bans have also faced challenges from the Texas Legislature in the past. During the 2017 session, Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, filed a bill that would have prevented Texas cities from enforcing bag bans. In a Business and commerce Committee hearing on the bill, Hall argued that cities had ...
On Tuesday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Texas District 83 Representative Dustin Burrows joined Chad in the KFYO studio to talk about the latest in Texas news and politics. Burrows and Hasty discussed progress and expectations on property and school tax reforms, health care and insurance, ...
Over the last few months, our reporting on sexual misconduct has focused on the Texas Legislature -- where harassment often goes unchecked -- and the flawed policies that might have been contributing factors. But we know sexual harassment goes beyond the Capitol. We want to better report on the ...
Today the Health and Human Services Commission announced the release of $47.7 million to begin improving the state's inpatient psychiatric care system. The initial $47.7 million is part of $300 million approved by the 85th Texas Legislature to improve the state hospital system in the 2018-2019 biennium.
The Texas Legislature does not meet again until 2019. State health officials said even if funding is approved in 2019, the process would take at least another two to three years before Texas would be ready to start screening newborns statewide for SMA. "It is frustrating that we have to wait but that is the ...
Disappointingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the Texas Legislature is not immune. Following reporting by The Daily Beast and The Texas Tribune, stories of sexual harassment, abuse and its own cultural tolerance of it forced the Legislature to do some navel-gazing. To its credit, the Texas House quickly ...
About 110 women have signed up to run for seats in the Texas Legislature this year. There is a wave of women running for public office in Texas this year. As The Texas Tribune reported last week, about 50 women have filed to run for Congress. Patsy Woods Martin, the executive director of Annie's List, ...
There is no doubt the spotlight was on Texas politics in 2017. The action-packed session gave way to even more action during a special session and the resignation of House Speaker Joe Straus. Here are the top stories that shaped Texas politics in 2017: Straus gives up the gavel - Many shocked.
At least four bills in the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature that would have addressed an unfair law in the Lone Star State failed to go much of anywhere. The bills were related to a state law, which has been around since 2001, granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrant students.
Of all the things the 2017 Texas Legislature did -- and didn't do -- nothing was as noisy, time-consuming and downright unpredictable as the effort to regulate bathroom use by transgender Texans. In the end, the bill didn't become law, but the fight did hasten the retirement of the speaker of the House.
While the widely circulated reports have fueled outrage and prompted a review of sexual harassment policies at the Texas Legislature, not a single Texas senator has called for Uresti or Miles to resign. This week, the Observer reached out to all 31 state senators as well as Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, ...
Ted Cruz does what Texas Legislature could not: expand 'school choice' ... The U.S. Senate this month did what the conservative Texas Legislature couldn't do earlier this year: pass legislation expanding what proponents call private school choice. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tacked on to the Senate's ...
And this cycle has an unusually high number of prominent open races, with eight Texans in the U.S. House opting not to run for re-election and more than a dozen in the Texas Legislature doing the same. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, both Republicans, are up for re-election and facing primary ...
Since 2008, according to the Legislative Budget Board, the state has continually reduced its share of funding for public education. Those reductions contribute directly to increases in the tax burden on Texas property owners. Last year, the Texas Legislature passed a budget that balanced only by assuming ...
A panel of Texas lawmakers meets Wednesday to take a look at how the state funds higher education each year. Legislatures across the country -- who all face rising costs of higher ed and are trying to contain tuition hikes -- will be watching for portable solutions that might work in other states. Click the ...
Representative Senfronia Thompson, a Houston Democrat and the longest-serving woman in the Texas Legislature, told the Observer about her experience speaking out about sexual harassment during her first term in 1973. One explanation for the lack of records is that complaints are sometimes handled ...


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