2021 Texas Legislature
July 28th, 2022
The United States Supreme Court released its judgment in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The opinion in Dobbs, handed down on June 24, overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and...
October 26th, 2021
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...
October 4th, 2021
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...
September 9th, 2021
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.
September 2nd, 2021
On Wednesday, I issued the following statement in response to the Texas Heartbeat Bill going into effect.
August 31st, 2021
When a new round of laws goes into effect on Sept. 1, Texas will officially become a "Second Amendment sanctuary."
August 20th, 2021
After a nearly six-week exodus over GOP voting bill, enough Democrats return to Texas House to resume work
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...
August 12th, 2021
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.
August 9th, 2021
Another Special Session To Pass A GOP Voting Bill Started Without A Quorum. This Time It’s Unclear If Democrats Will Stay Away
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 —...
July 14th, 2021
In addition to the controversial voting bill, the agenda includes bail reform, restrictions on transgender youth sports participation, and funding for the Legislature itself.
January 3rd, 2022
Texas landlords will have to disclose flood risk to renters. That’s one of 23 new laws going into effect Jan. 1
Other new laws include transparency for long-term care facilities and trademark protections for restaurants.
October 20th, 2021
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...
September 14th, 2021
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.
September 8th, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott Calls Special Legislative Session For Redistricting, Other Conservative Priorities Starting Sept. 20
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.
September 1st, 2021
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.
August 24th, 2021
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...
August 15th, 2021
Texas Law Enforcement Tapped To Round Up Absent House Democrats, Intensifying Battle In The Lower Chamber
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...
August 10th, 2021
Austin Judge Signs Order To Block Arrests Of Democrats Who Refuse To Return To Texas Capitol For Special Session
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....
July 16th, 2021
In an interview with the Standard, the governor says he’ll call “special session after special session” until the Republican-backed legislation passes.
July 14th, 2021
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...