Will the Newtown, Conn. shooting spark Texas gun control reform? Given the state's unwavering support of gun rights in the past, it is very unlikely, but the next legislative session is just around the corner. Right now there are five bills dealing with gun control in the queue, only one of which, from Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Kingland, seeks to expand gun carrying privileges.
December 17, 2012 4:50 pm by: Ben Philpott The 2013 Legislature will address at least five bills on guns. Photo by Liang Shi/KUT News In the wake of last week's school shooting in Connecticut, many states including Texas are examining their gun laws.
Bexar County Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau is using the final days of December to gather her executive team so they can hit the ground running on new year's day.
On Monday, at her second press conference since the election, Pamerleau announced she would retain Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria.
"He provides great continuity," she said. "Besides that, he’s a man of integrity, he cares about the officers, he cares about this community. He’s got the right sight picture and I know that already he and I are working great together."
The City of San Antonio has been working on a diversity action plan when concerns arose at previous city council meetings that leaders were not selecting enough African-American or other minority firms for contracting jobs.
The jobs are for upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure that voters approved in the 2012-2017 city bond program; 140 projects worth $596 million. Members of the community stepped forward to ask why minority candidates seemed to have been passed over, and Mayor Julián Castro has requested an action plan.
Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.
There’s renewed speculation about Governor Rick Perry's political future, which could include another run for the White House. Perry said Monday that he is planning to "make an announcement" about "future political plans" in July.
This January, the state legislature convenes for the 83rd legislative session, and Perry needs to keep his political options open and lawmakers guessing in order to not appear like a lame-duck governor.
The day after the Achieve Act was announced, it’s failing to achieve political support. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling the Achieve Act the wrong approach to solving the immigration problem.
The Achieve Act is proposed by two retiring senators, Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas, and is being called a watered-down version of the Dream Act since it doesn’t provide a path to citizenship.