Government & Public Policy

News about politics and government.

Ryan E. Poppe

In a statement Sen. Carlos Uresti said he was spending Thursday at the state legislature doing the people’s work.  But he was nowhere to be found.  State Rep. Tomas Uresti was there and defended his younger brother.

Ryan Poppe

The Texas Senate has approved legislation to ban sanctuary cities.  The bill heads to the Texas House once senators give it final approval.

Debate on Lubbock Republican Charles Perry’s bill was heated, ending with a vote along party lines, 20 Senate Republicans for it, 11 Democrats against. 

From Fronteras Desk and Texas Standard:

President Donald Trump says he’ll renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. That has a lot of businesses that participate in cross-border trade concerned. That includes some U.S. energy executives, even though energy was excluded from NAFTA.

 

Ryan Poppe

Law enforcement groups  don’t agree on how a bill banning sanctuary cities would affect public safety in Texas, they weighed in during a hearing in Austin that was interrupted by some protesters.

Emotions ran high in a Senate hearing as immigrant rights advocates interrupted testimony on Sen. Charles Perry’s bill that bans sanctuary cities, and security officers escorted the protesters out.

Ryan Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott has given Texas lawmakers some marching orders.  In his State of the State address Tuesday Abbott designated four issues as “emergency” items.  That enables lawmakers to vote on that legislation more quickly.

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