Government & Public Policy

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Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

From the start, it had been a back and forth between House and Senate members on whose legislative efforts would be the bigger priority for this session.


Early voting begins Tuesday, May 30, for runoff races that will decide San Antonio's next mayor and six city council seats. Registered voters can cast ballots through next Tuesday, June 6.  Then the races will be decided on Election Day, Saturday, June 10.     

Texas Senate

Republican State Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels is angry a filibuster killed her annexation bill as the legislative session came to a close.  Campbell is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to revive the annexation legislative in a special session.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT News

A heated exchange on the Texas House floor led one state lawmaker to threaten to shoot another in the head, on the last day of 85th legislative session.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

State Sen. Jose Menendez of San Antonio filibustered for more than two hours Sunday night to kill legislation that would have required a vote by property owners before they could be annexed into a city.