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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Members of the Texas House approve legislation aimed at local entities, like the City of Denton, that banned oil and gas technique of hydraulic fracturing also known as fracking.  

House Energy Resources Chairman Drew Darby, a Republican from San Angelo, says his legislation still allows cities to set limits on oil and gas companies, it however would not limit where the companies could operate underground.

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After some heated debate and some changes, a bill that reforms how school districts can respond to children repeatedly missing class passed in the Texas Senate. 

At the start of the session during his State of Judiciary address, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht told lawmakers that reforming truancy laws was one of the most important issues facing them this session.  And the bill’s author, Houston Democratic Sen. John Whitmire tends to agree.

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Texas Senators approved their version of a two-year state budget.  That budget contains record spending levels for border security and an increase for public education.

The Senate’s chief budget writer, Flower Mound Republican Senator Jane Nelson says they were able to increase state spending and cut taxes while staying within the state’s spending limit.

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A San Antonio lawmaker identifies a computer glitch that kills a vote on an open carry gun bill and a bill that limits what ordinances cities can pass. Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer submitted a challenge to Sherman Republican Rep. Larry Phillip’s bill shortly after the House convened Tuesday.

Martinez Fischer says his challenge has to do with the Capitol’s new witness registration system and how the computer changed whether a person testifying was either for or against a bill.

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The Texas Senate is considering  a "sanctuary city” bill that would encourage local law enforcement to take a more active role in checking the immigration status for people they come in contact with.    The San Antonio Police Department, and others across Texas,  have organized to fight the bill saying it would interfere with public safety.