Government & Public Policy

News about politics and government.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Bexar County residents caught in possession of marijuana or accused of certain misdemeanors can receive a ticket and be let go under the county’s new Criminal Intervention Through Education program. The process is commonly referred to as cite and release.

State of the Union annotation and video begin at 8 p.m.

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party.

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans."

Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

Texas State University

Members of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee will exam this question Wednesday: Are students’ freedom of speech rights being squelched on state college campuses? The special legislative hearing at Texas State University in San Marcos follows the school's own high profile free speech conflict.


Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Republican party leaders have censured outgoing Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus. Party leaders said the formal condemnation has to do with Straus’ leadership decision during the last legislative session.

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