Speaking to educators ahead of a special session full of education bills, House Speaker Straus chastised the Senate for underfunding school finance reform.
At the top of an agenda is a bill to keep some state agencies from shuttering. Once that is addressed, Abbott said he’ll add another 19 items to the agenda.
In the just-ended legislative session, lawmakers mowed through a list of divisive issues that could have lasting effects on how others see our state.
San Antonio Republican Joe Straus defied threats of a special session and stood his ground on the GOP’s battles over bathroom legislation and property tax elections. Now, he’s eyeing a sixth term leading the lower chamber.
Editor’s note: This is a developing story.
Making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The “sanctuary cities” bill tested that theory.
A key deadline passed on Monday without the House “bathroom bill” getting out of committee, meaning the bill won’t make it to the House floor this session.
Texas legislators expected to lock horns over the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.
The passage of two so-called “bathroom bills” could mean an initial $411.8 million loss for the San Antonio region’s gross product each year.
You might rejoice or bewail the death of a piece of legislation, but remember: Nothing is really dead while the Texas Legislature is still in Austin.