2021 Texas Legislature

Other new laws include transparency for long-term care facilities and trademark protections for restaurants.
The fourth legislative session of 2021 looks to be the last. Leaders of both the state House and Senate gave no indication they expect to be back for more, and a Tuesday statement from Gov. Greg Abbott had an air of finality...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Damon Allen Act into law on Monday to stop the release on personal bonds of suspects charged with violent offenses.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a third special legislative session that will begin on Sept. 20 and tackle redistricting, restrictions on transgender student athletes and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas is poised to punish social media companies for alleged censorship of political views after the state Senate passed House Bill 20 on a mostly party line vote of 17-14.
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, said Tuesday that there were “absolutely no deals made” to lure Democrats back to the Capitol and end their weekslong quorum break, while emphasizing that he sought to handle the...
Texas law enforcement was deputized Thursday to track down Texas House Democrats still missing from the chamber and bring them to the state Capitol in Austin, a process that Speaker Dade Phelan‘s office said “will begin in...
A state district judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking the arrest of House Democrats who have broken quorum, paving the way for those who remain outside the state to return home without threat of arrest....
In an interview with the Standard, the governor says he’ll call “special session after special session” until the Republican-backed legislation passes.
They will eventually go home after the cameras leave and after the press loses interest in this political stunt. It's telling that these Democrats and this House of Representatives chose to race toward TV cameras in...
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Newsmax on Friday he is ''very hopeful'' the U.S. Supreme Court will recognize his state's authority to ''protect life'' and ''get people the opportunity to have their grievances...
At least two lawsuits have been filed in state court against Alan Braid, a well-known San Antonio abortion doctor, who claims to have performed an abortion after the baby’s heartbeat was detectible, in violation of the Texas...
I applaud the Texas Legislature for passing SB1, Governor Abbott for signing it, and both for taking a strong step forward to better secure Texas’ elections.
On Wednesday, I issued the following statement in response to the Texas Heartbeat Bill going into effect.
When a new round of laws goes into effect on Sept. 1, Texas will officially become a "Second Amendment sanctuary."
For the first time in nearly six weeks, state officials said there were enough lawmakers present in the Texas House on Thursday for the chamber to conduct business — opening the door for the passage of the GOP priority...
A Texas state senator ended a 15-hour filibuster Thursday morning in the Democrats' latest defiance over a sweeping GOP voting measure, which then passed just minutes after she wearily left the floor.
Texas Democrats on Saturday blocked a quorum in the House for the third time this year as the Legislature kicked off its second special legislative session called to pass the GOP elections bill, among other legislation —...
In addition to the controversial voting bill, the agenda includes bail reform, restrictions on transgender youth sports participation, and funding for the Legislature itself.
Shortly after landing in Washington D.C. in an effort to deny the Texas House a quorum to block a voting restrictions bill, House Democrats indicated they plan to remain out of state until the end of the special legislative...

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