Government & Public Policy

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Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

New legislation filed at the state capitol aims to provide stiffer punishment for those caught targeting police and first responders.  

Following the shooting of San Antonio Police Det. Benjamin Marconi, the city’s police Chief William McManus said that it was obvious, the uniform, not the officer was the target.

Center for Immigration Studies

One of the first pieces of legislation filed ahead of the January session is a bill that would punish city and county law enforcement agencies for policies that direct officers not to ask questions about a person’s immigration status.  

They’re called sanctuary cities, the name derived from state lawmakers’ perception that these metropolitan police departments provide sanctuary to immigrants and families who may be in the country illegally.

Ryan Poppe

Members of the State Board of Education are hearing testimony and examining a report on controversial textbook submitted as an educational companion for Texas schools’ Mexican-American Heritage class.

Critics say the book paints Mexican-Americans in a negative light, referring to them as lazy and drunkards in sections of the text.

Members of the Board like San Antonio Democrat Marissa Perez asked the book’s publisher, Momentum Instruction, which is headed up by former right-wing State Board member Cynthia Dunbar to remove the book from consideration.

Ryan Poppe

The online bullying of students needs to stop. That’s the message from two San Antonio lawmakers who filed legislation in Austin today.

Nov. 14th is the first day the lawmakers can file bills for the upcoming session and they wanted to ensure David Molak’s story is a top priority.

The election of Donald Trump to president might have staved off an attempted Texas secession from the United States.

Polls before the vote said that a large majority of Texas voters would support leaving the Union if Hillary Clinton won the White House.

But Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, says Trump's election is still a step forward in his cause for Texas independence.

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