Government & Public Policy

News about politics and government.

Ryan Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott says he wants a law that will allow him to remove local officials who won’t hold criminally- charged immigrants for possible deportation.   Some state lawmakers question whether the governor could legally do that. 

It was Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez who prompted Gov. Abbott’s threat.  Hernandez says after immigrants have served their time for criminal convictions, she won’t hold them for federal agents who may want to deport them.  On Fox television, Gov. Abbott said sheriff’s following that policy could lose grant money distributed by the state.. 

Lisa Nilsson

On Friday, the biggest news in Texas and across the country will be taking place at the U.S. Capitol.  That's where Donald J. Trump will become the 45th U.S. president after placing his hand on the Lincoln Bible and repeating the oath of office administered by Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts.

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

House Speaker Joe Straus is defending the preliminary state budget his chamber has released even though it calls for spending more money than the Texas Comptroller has said will be available.   The House’s draft budget is also bigger than the Texas Senate’s. 

From Texas Standard:

The Texas House and Senate released their separate budget proposals for the next two years on Tuesday. There’s a nearly $5.3 billion difference between the two.

Kathy Couser / Texas Public Radio

As Texas lawmakers dig into their second week of the legislative session, Sen. Carlos Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat, is hoping Gov. Greg Abbott will make Child Protective Services and foster care an emergency item. That would allow lawmakers to immediately pass legislation to better protect children. 

Uresti has served 20 years in the legislature. He recently sat down with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler to talk about why child welfare is once again his top priority.