Joe Straus

Ryan Poppe

Tuesday afternoon, members in the Texas House of Representatives opened the legislative session by unanimously reelecting Rep. Joe Straus as House Speaker.  This will be the fifth time they’ve chosen the San Antonio Republican to lead their chamber. 

Straus’ re-election Tuesday was part of the ceremony that’s marks every  first day of a legislative session….  But this time was different

In the past tea party conservatives have aggressively campaigned against the more moderate Straus- they’ve tried to unseat him. This time Straus had no opponents.

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When the Texas Legislature gaveled in Tuesday, state representatives unanimously re-elected Rep. Joe Straus to his fifth term as Speaker of the House.  

In the past tea party conservatives have campaigned against the more moderate Straus, sometimes with vicious attacks. This time the San Antonio Republican had no challengers. 

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Beginning Thursday the State of Texas will cut the amount it pays to therapists who treat some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Families are now worried they’ll lose care that is teaching their children important life skills. 

In the living room of her family’s home outside of Austin,  9- year old Briana Dupuie smiles broadly as her physical therapist tosses a fuzzy yellow tennis ball and Briana tries to catch it. 

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says the State of Texas should not have to spend as much on border security in the next budget because incoming President Donald Trump says that’s his top priority. The Speaker would like to see Washington pick up a bigger part of the bill. 

In 2015, state lawmakers approved more than $750 million to fund the Texas Department of Public Safety’s border security operation in the Rio Grande Valley.  Public Safety is now asking for more than a billion state dollars to expand the state’s border efforts. 

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio says his top priorities for the upcoming legislative session include reforming school funding and foster care.

Straus laid out his legislative agenda Thursday before a packed crowd at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Straus says this session, lawmakers will find balancing the state budget a lot more challenging because of lost oil and gas revenues, but he says that doesn’t mean money needed for public schools and foster care will be ignored. 

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