Texas Legislature

Ryan E. Poppe

  The Legislature had given that authority to schools in 2003.  But now, higher tuition costs are making colleges unaffordable for many Texas students and some some lawmakers are rethinking that decision.  

It’s a cold, wintry day on the University of Texas campus in Austin,  the bells from the school’s fabled clock tower echo throughout campus. Trevor Goodchild, a senior majoring in geography,  is bundled up as he heads for the financial aid office. 

He stands in line, waiting to find out when his student loan will go through.


During his 18 years in the Texas Legislature, Sen. Carlos Uresti has wrangled many issues, but he’s devoted special attention to the dangers children too often encounter in their own homes.

He rattles off the grim statistics that keep him focused.  


On the first day of the new legislative session members in the Texas House of Representatives have overwhelmingly re-elected Rep. Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, to his fourth term as Speaker of the House. 

What Do You Want Your Lawmakers To Accomplish?

Jan 12, 2015
Wikipedia Commons

State lawmakers who begin meeting in Austin on Tuesday have agendas they plan to pursue.  Some Texans have their wish lists as well.  What issues do you want your Texas legislators to tackle during the 140-day session?  Texas Public Radio wants to hear from you.   Here’s what some of you are telling us:  

--Adrianna Cabrera

Tomorrow, when the Texas House of Representatives gavels in for its 140-day session, members are expected to elect Rep. Joe Straus III of San Antonio to a fourth term as Speaker.