Ryan Poppe

News Reporter - Capitol

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.

Eventually converting into an on-air reporter, Ryan has covered topics ranging from crime to the political process at the state capitol.

Ryan and his wife Mary live in the Northwest Austin suburb of Jollyville. He enjoys spending time at many Austin's parks and outdoor areas with his son Luke and cycling along some of the area's bike trails.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from traditional French to modern Thai-cusine.

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Ryan E. Poppe

A bill to create graduation panels that would approve high school seniors for graduation, even if they failed some of the state’s end-of-course exams, has been approved by lawmakers in the Senate.

The bill by Amarillo Republican Sen. Kel Seliger, if passed by the House and then signed into law, would exempt seniors from having to pass all five standardized tests, known in Texas as the STAAR exams. Seliger said too many seniors were failing these exams, yet still had a great grade point average.

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On Tuesday, the Texas Senate voted 20-10 to put the final seal of approval on the licensed open carry of handguns in the state from their end, and sent the measure to the House for their approval.

On Monday, in the first of what was probably the first of several possible measures on gun legislation from this group of lawmakers, the Republican majority in the Senate had pushed through the preliminary vote.

The 20-11 vote along party lines on Monday had made this final vote a formality.

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A mixed group of community organizers and business associations is demanding Texas lawmakers come up with solution to close an insurance coverage gap affecting approximately one million working Texans.  

A few hundred community organizers and members of 25 conservative leaning business groups stood in front of the State Capitol, demanding their leaders find a solution for Texas’ gap in coverage — the people who do not qualify for other forms of Medicaid but also don’t earn enough to purchase insurance on their own.

Homeowners, industry leaders and those in the oil and gas business provided some heated testimony about a bill that would have required cities to take prior approval for all local referendums in future.  

The bill by Weatherford Republican Rep. Phil King was created in response to the City of Denton’s ban on “fracking”, but it would have affected other city ordinances that voters were able to get on a ballot using petitions.  

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State lawmakers will hear testimony Wednesday on a controversial bill aimed at limiting the type of ordinances and rules that city councils can pass. Opponents argue that the bill calls “what constitutes local control and limited government” into question.