Thousands of people may converge on the Texas State Capitol once again next week. Next Tuesday the full House is expected to vote on House Bill 2, the bill enacting harsh abortion restrictions.
Governor Rick Perry said Thursday that he will not be adding any more items to the special legislative session currently underway in Austin, disappointing lawmakers who wanted more on the agenda.
Texas lawmakers reached a deal Friday on a two-year spending plan that would restore $3.93 billion to public schools and clear the way for taking $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund for water projects, according to a state official close the negotiations.
Governor Rick Perry revved up for a presidential bid in 2011 by showing the country who’s boss in Texas: He slashed spending, tightened abortion restrictions and declared illegal immigration a state emergency. He’s not calling the shots anymore.
Texas lawmakers are advancing proposals to help sexual assault victims.
Texas lawmakers are considering whether elected officials should reimburse taxpayers for security costs related to unofficial travel.
Texas lawmakers have begun filing their bills ahead of the 2013 legislative session. Many of them familiar reruns, while others set the tone for politics next year.
The first special session of the 82nd Legislature has ended. Lawmakers met to consider two remaining bills and sent a minor judicial finance bill to the governor. But they failed to pass a bill that would have outlawed enhanced pat-downs by federal airport screeners
The Texas Legislature is expected to take up two essential items of the special session. The House and Senate are expected to make final votes on a fiscal matters bill that will maintain school funding and revamp a hurricane insurance program.
Despite needing to pass important bills during the Special Legislative Session, dozens of state lawmakers decided to start their weekend early.
The Texas Senate convened a special session Tuesday, met for 30 minutes then adjourned to start drafting new bills. One of the goals of the session – for lawmakers to take another stab at making drastic cuts to public school funding.
Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican serving House District 2 which includes Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt Counties, says he will audit his own spending habits after being questioned about his travel expenses.