2017 Texas Legislature

The 85th Texas Legislative Session started January 10, 2017 and runs until May 29, 2017. It is a bicameral body composed of a 31-member Senate and a 150-member House of Representatives. Learn about the latest developments in the 2017 Texas Legislative Session here.

The potential use of eminent domain authority is at the heart of a controversy over a proposed bullet train that would connect Dallas and Houston.
Gov. Abbott has some good legislative intentions, but his duty is to execute the laws of Texas, not create them.  In his list of “emergency” legislative items he includes a “convention of states”, more...
Governor Abbott is pushing for a well-intended but dangerous call for an Article V Convention of the States known as the ‘Texas Plan.’The Governor admits there is nothing wrong with the constitution but lack of enforcement...
The Texas Legislature has begun debating Gov. Greg Abbott’s calls for a “convention of states” that could amend the U.S. Constitution.
Donald Trump has formally ordered up his border wall built and it could cost the federal government as much as $30 billion. Top Republicans in the Texas Legislature have for months speculated that walling off the U.S.-Mexico...
Late Friday afternoon, federal Judge Sam Sparks issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the State of Texas from enforcing new rules for abortion facilities requiring the humane disposition of the bodies of babies who have...
Wayne Christian was sworn in on January 9th as the latest addition to the Texas Railroad Commission. The William Travis building room 111 in Austin was standing room only, filled with conservatives from all over Texas to...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Dallas Sen. Royce West on Thursday unveiled a bill that would establish a grant program to help law enforcement agencies buy high-quality protective vests for field officers, a response to the Dallas...
Altogether, the Legislature has plenty to work on this session. There will also be some attempts to legislate against sanctuary cities, on marijuana, for anti-discrimination, as we've mentioned, along with a whole slew of...
Those controversial issues could steal time and attention away from much-needed reforms. Nearly all lawmakers want to revamp how public schools operate. Also, a troubled foster care system continues to limp along until...
It's alarming that Republican Representative Dan Huberty from Kingwood, appointed chair by Speaker of the House Joe Straus to the House Public Education Committee, announced on February 28 in an interview with Evan Smith of...
A proposal aimed at making it even more difficult than it already is for organized labor groups to operate in Texas is one step closer to reality. Senate Bill 13 would make it illegal in this "right to work" state for the...
The Higher Education Committee will take up a bill from its chairman, Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, on Wednesday. The measure would ax the state's tuition set-aside program, which makes public universities reserve as much as...
After a marathon hearing last Thursday, the full Senate is scheduled to debate Senate Bill 4 and, with the Republican majority firmly supporting its passage, an affirmative vote is expected to send the hot-button issue to...
Following a federal judge’s ruling blocking new rules about the disposal of fetal remains in this state, the powerful Chairman of the Texas House State Affairs Committee did something on Saturday he has never done during the...
While some top state leaders like Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton and now Straus have spoken up on the legislation, Abbott has kept his opinions mostly under wraps, previously saying that he’d like to see the details.
The Senate will gavel back in on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and the House will be back at 2 in the afternoon. Can't make it to Austin for the action? Watch live videos from the House here and the Senate here.  
Criteria include graduation from a Texas high school or receiving a diploma equivalent in the state; a residency requirement; and the student’s signature on an affidavit showing the intent to apply for permanent resident...
The 85th Texas legislative session is just around the corner. It begins on January 10, 2017 and priorities have already been set. A Convention of States is high on the list. The Texas Lt. Governor sent out a press release in...
It was a decade ago that then-Gov. Rick Perry stood on the banks of the Rio Grande in his Carhartt jacket, promising in a TV commercial that “If Washington won’t protect our border, Texas will.” At that time, Texas...

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