Texas Legislature

The Source
4:10 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bexar County Preview Of The Next State Legislative Session

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
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Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.

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Texas Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Villarreal Files Bill To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Job Discrimination

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
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Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.

"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."

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Texas Medicaid
2:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion

Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 9:55 am

Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.

It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.

But state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”

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Hi-Tech House
2:44 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Of Texas Buying Legislature New iPads: Saving Money? Or Useless Spending?

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
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The Texas Legislature is preparing to convene once again in Austin, and this session there are going to be some hi-tech improvements. Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel said the electronic devices are now popping up in the state legislature.

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Texas Legislature
1:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Will Texting While Driving Ban Pass In Texas? How The Ban Is Working In Houston

As we head toward the next legislative session, one bill on the agenda might look very familiar. It's the texting while driving law that was passed, but then vetoed by Governor Rick Perry last session. However the law has been implemented on the local level in certain cities and with mixed results.

“I only know of about four cases that we’ve had since its implementation.”

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Texas Matters
3:09 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The State Legislature, Budget Cuts, and Pre-Election Opinion Polls

State of Texas Capitol building in Austin.
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The Texas Legislature will be back in a few months facing a budget deficit. Will the next round of state budget cuts clip Texas high school football? Or could expanded gambling in the state help solve education funding shortfalls? Nate Silver writes the New York Times political blog about polls and political probability, Five Thirty Eight, and talks about how useful (and reliable) pre-election opinion polls can be.

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Local Elections
5:22 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Donna Campbell and John Courage Debate for Texas Senate District 25

Texas Senate District 25 includes areas of six different counties.
State of Texas District Viewer

Following the primaries, Tea Party favorite Dr. Donna Campbell and Democrat John Courage emerged as the contenders for the Texas Senate District 25 seat.

The primary knocked longtime Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, out of the running, along with challenger, former Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones.

Perhaps one of the only issues Campbell and Courage agree upon is opposition to toll roads, but they have vastly different views on health care, education, and energy.

So how does a physician plan to serve full time in the Senate?

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