Texas Legislature http://tpr.org en Coalition Rallies To Dump The State Franchise Tax In 2015 Legislative Session http://tpr.org/post/coalition-rallies-dump-state-franchise-tax-2015-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Republican lawmakers, business alliances and tea party activists are hoping to gather enough support ahead of the 2015 legislative session in order to do away with the Texas franchise tax. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:46:22 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34774 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities http://tpr.org/post/lawmaker-plans-2015-bill-address-safety-concerns-chemical-facilities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a year of investigating the lead up to the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, one state lawmaker announced his intention to author a bill to make such chemical facilities safer.</span></p><p>State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">chairman of the Texas House Homeland Security &amp; Public Safety Committee, </span>made the announcement during a committee hearing Tuesday.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:43:31 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34354 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities The Source: What's In A Platform? http://tpr.org/post/source-whats-platform <div>Last month's Texas republican party platform aimed to rouse the base, inspiring action.&nbsp;Blowback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> inside and outside the party of endorsing reparative therapy for homosexuals and the party's abandoning a guest worker program&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">had party leaders walking back the importance of the document. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:17:11 +0000 Paul Flahive 34339 at http://tpr.org The Source: What's In A Platform? House Lawmakers Debate Online Voter Registration http://tpr.org/post/house-lawmakers-debate-online-voter-registration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A committee of House lawmakers heard the reasons why the state of Texas would be better served with an online voter registration system, but </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">some groups remain skeptical about the possibility of voter fraud.</span></p><p>As of April, 19 states offer online voter registration. Last legislative session Texas came very close to passing their own version but it was not added the calendar for a final vote. In this period between sessions, lawmakers are re-considering the same thing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:40:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32165 at http://tpr.org House Lawmakers Debate Online Voter Registration Three Years After Oil Spill, Lawmakers Learn About $5 Million BP Gave To Governor's Office http://tpr.org/post/three-years-after-oil-spill-lawmakers-learn-about-5-million-bp-gave-governors-office <p></p><p>Typically, money slated for the state budget is handled by the Legislature.</p><p>But y<span style="line-height: 1.5;">esterday the Texas House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committee found out about $5 million paid to the state of Texas by British Petroleum following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.</span></p><p>The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened in April 2010, and in September of that same year the governor’s office received $5 million from BP without informing the Legislature of the funds.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:46:11 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32155 at http://tpr.org Three Years After Oil Spill, Lawmakers Learn About $5 Million BP Gave To Governor's Office This Week House Committee Working Up Articles Of Impeachment For UT Regent Hall http://tpr.org/post/week-house-committee-working-articles-impeachment-ut-regent-hall <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of a Texas House committee are moving </span>forward<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall by drawing up the official articles of impeachment. Hall informed UT’s Board of Regents he would not be resigning from his post.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:35:11 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32086 at http://tpr.org This Week House Committee Working Up Articles Of Impeachment For UT Regent Hall In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring http://tpr.org/post/tijuana-these-sisters-rule-boxing-ring <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>More high schools in Texas may start offering Mexican-American studies. Can you guess the political affiliation of a legislator just by looking at them? In Texas, it’s pretty simple. Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve a variety of issues. Boxing competes only with soccer as Tijuana’s most popular sport: We’ll hear about two sisters who are slugging their way into the spotlight.<br /><br /><br /> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:27:30 +0000 Crystal Chavez 31489 at http://tpr.org In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring DPS Launches Mounted State Capitol Patrol Ahead Of 2015 Legislative Session http://tpr.org/post/dps-launches-mounted-state-capitol-patrol-ahead-2015-legislative-session <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Department of Public Safety has officially launched a mounted patrol on the state capitol grounds.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Much like their first use during the 2013 special session abortion rallies, the </span>DPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is hoping the horse patrol will make troopers more visible.</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:03:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31261 at http://tpr.org DPS Launches Mounted State Capitol Patrol Ahead Of 2015 Legislative Session Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children http://tpr.org/post/lawmaker-announces-2015-education-choice-plan-special-needs-children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April is National Autism Awareness Month and state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, has announced plans for a bill in 2015 that allows special needs children to attend classes in a school district without living in that district.</span></p><p>New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have some form of autism; Simmons, who has a 29-year-old son with a form of autism, said that means 6,000 children annually in Texas will be affected.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30216 at http://tpr.org Lawmaker Announces 2015 Education Choice Plan For Special Needs Children The Source: Women's Health And Extreme Measures http://tpr.org/post/source-womens-health-and-extreme-measures <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week the Texas Senate held a hearing on the progress being made in women’s health services. Touting an increase in funding for women’s health, the message was that we’re doing great.</span></p><p>But something was left off the agenda -- the impact of last year’s cumbersome regulations on abortion clinics.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:49:36 +0000 Paul Flahive 27370 at http://tpr.org The Source: Women's Health And Extreme Measures