Texas Legislature http://tpr.org en 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 Judge In Texas School Finance Trial Reopens Case http://tpr.org/post/judge-texas-school-finance-trial-reopens-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly a year ago Travis County District Judge John Dietz ruled that the system used to fund schools in Texas was unconstitutional, but didn’t reduce that order to writing. The same trial is once again underway but this time with different evidence to consider.</span></p><p>Dietz gave the Texas Legislature another chance to replace the $5.4 billion that was cut from public education funding in the 2011 session.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:25:52 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25456 at http://tpr.org Judge In Texas School Finance Trial Reopens Case Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate http://tpr.org/post/staples-and-patrick-voice-support-more-majority-control-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls are promising to boost the party’s presence in the Texas Senate and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> all four candidates say they will get rid of the two-thirds</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> majority rule.</span></p><p>This would scale back traditions that allow Senate Democrats to have a say and keep Republicans from going to the far-right on issues like immigration, guns and education.</p><p>Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said he will not allow a minority to control the Senate’s agenda:</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:02:27 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25072 at http://tpr.org Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015 http://tpr.org/post/rep-scott-turner-challenging-joe-straus-speaker-2015 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.</span></span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:50:23 +0000 Ryan Poppe 25003 at http://tpr.org Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015 Democrats Forming Senate Strategy With Davis Vacating Seat http://tpr.org/post/democrats-forming-senate-strategy-davis-vacating-seat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In order to maintain a balance of power in the Texas Senate, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats are planning to recover the seat that will be vacated by Wendy Davis as she leaves it to run for governor.</span></p><p>State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, has confidence his party will be able to fill that seat or possibly one of the other five vacant Republican seats in the Texas Senate.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:13:35 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19645 at http://tpr.org Democrats Forming Senate Strategy With Davis Vacating Seat Texas Takes Notice As Supreme Court Closes Out Session http://tpr.org/post/texas-takes-notice-supreme-court-closes-out-session <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> The United States Supreme Court is wrapping up its session and decisions continue to come down. A ruling has been made in a Texas-Oklahoma water dispute, and a decision is expended soon on a case involving the Voting Rights Act, which could have major implications in Texas. Also on this show: An inside look at Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators 2013 list, and a look at how Mexico's drug war killings are effecting both sides of the border.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:39:03 +0000 David Martin Davies 13172 at http://tpr.org Texas Takes Notice As Supreme Court Closes Out Session Texas House Taking The Redistricting Show On The Road http://tpr.org/post/texas-house-taking-redistricting-show-road <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the beginning of the special session, several lawmakers representing some of the districts caught up the redistricting fight requested that the hearings be taken on the road, so that those living in these voting districts had a chance to voice their concerns directly.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:47:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 12508 at http://tpr.org Texas House Taking The Redistricting Show On The Road The Source: New Gun Legislation At The State Capitol http://tpr.org/post/source-new-gun-legislation-state-capitol <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p>A pro-gun rally was held this past Saturday outside the statehouse in Austin, complete with a faux Paul Revere, while inside&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a stack of firearm-related house a bills were debated and voted on. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 15:23:34 +0000 Paul Flahive 11015 at http://tpr.org The Source: New Gun Legislation At The State Capitol House Committee Checks In On West Explosion Investigation http://tpr.org/post/house-committee-checks-west-explosion-investigation <p>The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety heard from the chief investigators of the explosion at the West fertilizer plant this morning at the state capitol.</p><p>Nim Kidd, chief of the <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/" target="_blank">Texas Division of Emergency Management</a>, told lawmakers that the state uses an EPA law that places the responsibility for responding to emergency at the local level.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 17:58:56 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10631 at http://tpr.org House Committee Checks In On West Explosion Investigation