Joe Straus

Tea Party-Backed Turner Not Seeking Texas House Re-ElectionThe former NFL defensive end who led an unsuccessful tea party revolt against incumbent Texas House Speaker Joe Straus isn't seeking another term in office.
Texas Legislature Ends 2015 SessionTexas House Speaker Joe Straus excused his chamber just before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, shortly after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversees the Senate, adjourned the upper chamber.
Texas Legislature Opens With More Ceremony Than SubstanceTexas' 140-day legislative session is underway, with both the state Senate and House gaveling in around noon.
Republicans & Democrats Support State Border Surge OperationsDuring its newly ordered surge operations along the Texas-Mexico border, the state Department of Public Safety says it will target drug dealers, human traffickers, and gangs.
Spending For More Border Security AnnouncedThe state's Republican leadership has authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend about $1.3 million per week to fund operations to fight what they describe as a surge of illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border, the GOP leaders announced Wednesday evening.
Texas Leaders Announce New Border Security PlanTexas' top three leaders, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus are working on a plan to boost border security.
Perry Backs Storage Site For Texas Nuclear WasteGov. Rick Perry has asked lawmakers to explore establishing a location in Texas to store the state's high-level radioactive waste.
Texas Lawmakers Consider How To Attract Venture CapitalTexas lawmakers want to see what they can do to attract more venture capitalists to the state.
$2 Billion Water Funding Bill Heads To PerryThe $2 billion for a new state water fund that Gov. Rick Perry prioritized this session has finally reached his desk for approval.
State Lawmakers Get Map Of Highway NeedsTexas transportation officials are scheduled to give lawmakers a road map for the challenges the state faces in keeping up an aging highway system to move its growing population.
Straus Suggests Raising Driver's License CostHouse Speaker Joe Straus suggested possibly raising the cost of a driver's license to help the state's congested roads. Texas drivers currently pay a price of $25.
Straus Says Texas Needs More Than Tax CutsHouse Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.
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