Government

Federal Government
5:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Head Of Texas Business Group Applauds Senate Immigration Passage

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Business leaders in Texas say a final passage of federal immigration legislation will help solve labor shortages for all occupations.

Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business,  said currently the state allows foreign nationals to be educated here and then tells them to go home.

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Special Session
3:22 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lawmakers May Be Looking At Third Special Session

Damage from Hurricane Ike reached into the tens of billions.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Though Gov. Rick Perry has acknowledged the need to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association ahead of a major storm, it is not one of the items being discussed in the second special session.

TWIA reform has been been on lawmaker's radar since the start of the regular session but they only got as close as holding a hearing on the current status of the program.

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Government
2:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

New Braunfels To Be Pulled Into Bexar Metro Planning Organization, Other Rural Areas Weigh Options

Billy Hathorn cc

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is expanding its reach to the north of the city, where federal authorities say New Braunfels is now part of the San Antonio metro area.

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Government
12:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Facing Difficult Decisions, San Antonio City Council Sets Tone For Next Two Years

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales talks to colleagues before taking the dais for the first time.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The San Antonio City Council took the oath of office in a swearing in ceremony inside the chambers of City Hall, preparing for what is ahead for the body over the next two years.

Mayor Julián Castro said the mission of the council is a double-edged sword because each member is looking out for the interests of their own district, but he told his colleagues they also have to do what’s best for the city as a whole.

"The challenge that all of us face is to balance the everyday needs of our constituents with a long-term grand vision for our city's future," he said on the dais.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
7:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Governor Calls Lawmakers Back Again For Second Special Session

Republican lawmakers will again try to pass SB 5, a controversial abortion bill, in the second special session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry was clear in his statement about the intended purpose of a second special session, stating "I am calling the legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas."

Lawmakers will be back in the state capitol on Monday, July 1 to continue work.

Josh Havens, who is with the governor’s office, said this session will be about the three items the legislature was unable to pass during the first session.

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City Government
5:45 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

San Antonio's Budget Shortfall May Impact Children's Advocacy Agency

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña named SPARK fitness parks as a top funding goal during the council's day-long budget-setting session.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the 2014 budget and with that in mind, council members set out to define their goals for next year at a day-long goal-setting session at the Central Library on Tuesday.

Included in the budget are what’s known as unfunded requests, which are items the city doesn’t have the money to fund. Delegate agency ChildSafe is requesting $100,000 in 2014, and $500,000 over five years.

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Special Session
4:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Update (6/28/13 10 a.m.) An article posted yesterday online by the Express-News talks about the series of events on Tuesday night and how the online change took place, comparing what happened at the capitol with a football game.

In football, the game is not over when the clock runs out if a play has been started -- it ends when the play is over, which is how it works in the Senate.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
11:47 am
Wed June 26, 2013

SB5 Fails To Pass Before Midnight, But Another Special Session Is Expected

Eileen Pace TPR News

The attempted filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, slipped off the rails, but Democrats were still able to defeat the legislation with a little help from citizens who packed the state capitol.

Davis’ filibuster lasted about 11 hours, until the strict filibuster rules of the Texas Legislature allowed Republicans to end her attempt to block the bill just short of the midnight deadline.

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Government
9:01 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Texas Enforcing Voter ID Law After Supreme Court Strips Portion Of Voting Rights Act

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Section four of the Voting Rights Act has been eliminated, and Texas can now legally enforce its voter I.D. law according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Section four outlined which states would fall under the discretion of the Department of Justice what would require pre-clearance for implanting new voting laws under section five. Moments after the Supreme Court decision, Abbott issued a statement saying the Texas Voter I.D. law would take effect immediately.

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Government
5:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

DPS Begins Issuing Free Voter Certificates, Photo ID Or Not

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Now that the Texas Voter ID law is firmly in place, the Department of Public Safety will begin issuing Election Identification certificates to voters without a Texas identification card.

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