Rick Perry

Special Session
4:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Update (6/28/13 10 a.m.) An article posted yesterday online by the Express-News talks about the series of events on Tuesday night and how the online change took place, comparing what happened at the capitol with a football game.

In football, the game is not over when the clock runs out if a play has been started -- it ends when the play is over, which is how it works in the Senate.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
11:47 am
Wed June 26, 2013

SB5 Fails To Pass Before Midnight, But Another Special Session Is Expected

Eileen Pace TPR News

The attempted filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, slipped off the rails, but Democrats were still able to defeat the legislation with a little help from citizens who packed the state capitol.

Davis’ filibuster lasted about 11 hours, until the strict filibuster rules of the Texas Legislature allowed Republicans to end her attempt to block the bill just short of the midnight deadline.

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Texas Matters
3:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Texas Matters: The State Of Abortion In Texas

Office of the Governor

Republican efforts to greatly restrict a woman’s right to an abortion in Texas failed in the regular legislative session. But in a special session, things move faster, and it’s more difficult for the minority party to derail legislation.

Despite efforts by Democrats to slow down the anti-abortion bills Thursday night by filling a house committee hearing, causing the session to run until almost four in the morning, the bills appear to be on their way to eventual passage and becoming law.

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Special Session
12:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate Drops Several Key Abortion Bills In Order To Pass One During Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks last December.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the author of the 20-week fetal pain abortion bill, withdrew his own bill in order for lawmakers to pass something related to abortion during the special session.

Hegar said he abandoned his bill because of poor of timing.

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West, Texas Relief
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Governor "Stunned" About FEMA Denial Of Aide To West, Texas

Gov. Perry at a press conference addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lawmakers at the state capitol are outraged by the decision of FEMA officials to deny the town of West continued federal assistance following the fertilizer plant explosion.

According to a report released by the Associated Press, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide West with the funds to help the town rebuild. In a letter from FEMA to state officials, the group has ruled that the plant explosion in West did not meet the criteria for a major disaster declaration.

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Government
10:42 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Allegations Of Party Politics As Gov. Perry Calls For Travis County DA Resignation

rickperry.org

Texas Democrats are outraged that Gov. Rick Perry is threatening to veto a portion of the state budget unless embattled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg steps down.

This spring, Lehmberg was arrested and convicted for driving under the influence in which her blood alcohol was three times the legal limit.

The governor’s office confirmed that Perry is considering a veto of a portion of the state’s budget bill that funds the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which investigates government entities and is headed up by the Travis County district attorney.

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Special Session
4:50 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Abortion And Juvenile Capital Punishment Added To Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston. Photo: December 2012.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has one of about six bills that address some aspect of abortion in the special session. Patrick said his bill would hold institutions like Planned Parenthood to strict guidelines when dispensing the Plan B abortion pill the abortion pill (mifeprestone), a set of pills that medically ends a pregnancy and can be used up to 9 weeks after the woman's last period.

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Special Session
1:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Adds Transportation Bills To Special Session Agenda

Eileen Pace TPR News

Hoping to solve some of the state’s glaring problems with transportation, Gov. Rick Perry has opened the special session agenda to transportation-related bills.

This move has been a whispered rumor since the session began, but now lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate will begin debate on over 12 pre-filed transportation bills. 

The big one with the most buzz is a bill co-authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville.

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Texas Legislature - Education
12:01 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Texas Education Getting A Major Makeover With Signing Of New Bills

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Parents, students and several lawmakers crowded into the governor's press room to witness Gov. Rick Perry signing legislation into law that changes the state’s public education system. 

While there were a handful of bills on hand, the one that stood out most was a bill that reduces the number of high-stakes exams students are required to take from the current 15 standardized tests down to five.

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Texas Business
11:03 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Launches Million-Dollar Ad Campaign In New York And Conn.

rickperry.org

Coming off his February trip to California and an Illinois stop two months later, Gov. Rick Perry is taking his business pitch to New York and Connecticut hoping to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.

Starting on June 16 Perry will be showcasing some of the state's finer points for businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State while also visiting the East Coast.

The advertisements  feature various business leaders in Texas and celebrities like former NFL star Emmitt Smith and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

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