83rd Legislature http://tpr.org en Looking Back At Bipartisan Success And Fierce Debates In The 83rd Legislature http://tpr.org/post/looking-back-bipartisan-success-and-fierce-debates-83rd-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From beer bills and a </span>kumbaya<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> legislative sessions to abortion bills and protests, Texas Public Radio&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">takes a look back at some of 2013 legislative highlights.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:16:23 +0000 Ryan Poppe 24358 at http://tpr.org Looking Back At Bipartisan Success And Fierce Debates In The 83rd Legislature School Districts And State Heading Back To Court In January Over School Finance http://tpr.org/post/school-districts-and-state-heading-back-court-january-over-school-finance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of school districts from across the state will head back to court on Jan. 21 to once again examine the Texas legislature’s formula for funding education. A</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ttorneys are arguing that new money and reduced student testing did little to improve the way Texas finances the public school system.</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:42:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 24162 at http://tpr.org School Districts And State Heading Back To Court In January Over School Finance It's September, And Over 600 New Laws Are Now In Effect http://tpr.org/post/its-september-and-over-600-new-laws-are-now-effect <p>Of the over 1,500 bills signed into law from the regular legislative session, 659 take effect this month and run a wide variety of subject matter.</p><p><strong>Here are a few that are noteworthy:</strong></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17790 at http://tpr.org It's September, And Over 600 New Laws Are Now In Effect Fast Food Workers In Texas Join Wage Increase Fight http://tpr.org/post/fast-food-workers-texas-join-wage-increase-fight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of a nationwide protest in over 60 cities, fast-food workers from Austin and the surrounding area walked off their job sites in protest of better wages from their employers.</span></p><p>Jennifer Castilla works at an Austin area Wendy’s Restaurant. The mother of four children makes $8/hour.</p><p>"I feel sorry for the ones who make lower than I do and that have as many kids as I got," Castilla said, "but I understand the struggle in life. I’ve been struggling my whole life in fast food and I figure now is the time to step up."</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:35:00 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17578 at http://tpr.org Fast Food Workers In Texas Join Wage Increase Fight State Health Council Hears Public Testimony About Abortion Clinic Restrictions http://tpr.org/post/state-health-council-hears-public-testimony-about-abortion-clinic-restrictions <p><strong>Update (4:30)</strong> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both sides of the abortion issue were shocked after the State Health Services Council failed to vote on rules attached to the new law requiring clinics performing abortions to adhere to a new set of facility requirements.</span></p><p>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This was very unusual and unexpected and hasn’t happened for us in recent history as far as we can recall," said</span> Carrie Williams with Texas State Health Services.</p><p>Though there was no vote taken, this will not prevent the law from taking effect.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:35:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17551 at http://tpr.org State Health Council Hears Public Testimony About Abortion Clinic Restrictions Nancy Pelosi Speaks For Women’s Rights At Austin Stop http://tpr.org/post/nancy-pelosi-speaks-women-s-rights-austin-stop <p>House leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, spent much of her time speaking in Austin talking about women’s rights, primarily a woman’s right to equal pay to her male counterparts.</p><p>She was speaking at a discussion about women's economic issues hosted by the <a href="http://www.aauwtexas.org/" target="_blank">American Association of University Women</a> of Texas at Austin Community College entitled, "When Women Succeed, America Succeeds."</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:58:21 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17461 at http://tpr.org Nancy Pelosi Speaks For Women’s Rights At Austin Stop Tesla Opens Texas Supercharger Stations, But Still Can't Sell Vehicles In State http://tpr.org/post/tesla-opens-texas-supercharger-stations-still-cant-sell-vehicles-state <p>The Tesla Motors Model S starts as soon as you sit down behind the wheel and press on the brakes -- there's not even a place for a key -- and from that point there is no sound, even when accelerating.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tesla unveiled its latest string of supercharger stations in Texas this week to help provide its car owners a free charge along several of the state’s major roadways, but the </span>addition of the supercharger station in San Marcos is on the heels of a legislative letdown.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:26:40 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16990 at http://tpr.org Tesla Opens Texas Supercharger Stations, But Still Can't Sell Vehicles In State Judge Names Special Prosecutor In Perry Coercion Complaint http://tpr.org/post/judge-names-special-prosecutor-perry-coercion-complaint <p>This week San Antonio District Judge Robert "Bert" Richardson named area attorney Michael McCrum as the special prosecutor <span style="line-height: 1.5;">in the criminal complainant against Gov. Rick Perry.</span></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:39:58 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16937 at http://tpr.org Judge Names Special Prosecutor In Perry Coercion Complaint Already A Major Snag In School Marshal Program http://tpr.org/post/already-major-snag-school-marshal-program <p>The <a href="http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education</a> (TCLEOSE) is creating the Texas School Marshal Program that passed during the past legislative session, but there is an issue with where the marshals will get their training.</p><p>The law takes effect in Sept. for the start of the school year, but TCLEOSE has until Jan. 1, 2014, to finalize the curriculum and find a series of locations willing to teach the course.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:24:38 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16588 at http://tpr.org Already A Major Snag In School Marshal Program Updated: People Across Nation Joining Boycott Of Macy's And Kroger Over Anti-Fair Pay Stance http://tpr.org/post/updated-people-across-nation-joining-boycott-macys-and-kroger-over-anti-fair-pay-stance <p><strong>Update:</strong> So far over 5,000 people have signed the online petition as back-to-school shopping hits full stride with the state's tax-free shopping weekend, which starts today.</p><p>"It’s not a good weekend to have this kind of press, but it’s not ever a good time for them to have this type of press because it's not a good time to take this kind of position on an issue," said Ed Espinoza of Progress Texas.</p><p>Macy's has released a statement defending its support of Perry's veto and their own company structure:</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:17:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 16265 at http://tpr.org Updated: People Across Nation Joining Boycott Of Macy's And Kroger Over Anti-Fair Pay Stance