Tag: Texas Legislature

Texas Fights Open Borders Advocates on Sanctuary City Ban

Texas took its fight for the State’s new anti-sanctuary jurisdiction ban to the appellate courts. A judge appointed by then-President Bill Clinton blocked the law’s prohibition on ignoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers and provisions that address policies that “materially limit” the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Texas House Reps Slow Special Session with Non-Agenda Bills

Members of the Texas House introduced a series of bills in an apparent attempt to obstruct the conservative agenda set by Governor Greg Abbott. The Texas Constitution states that there shall be no legislation on subjects other than those designated by the governor in his proclamation calling for the special session.

23 Voter Fraud Cases from 2016 and Beyond

President Donald Trump kept the threat of voter fraud on the front pages both before and after the 2016 Election. Although ballots have long since been counted, cases of illegal voting and other election law violations continue to surface in the aftermath.

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Texas Lawmakers Fast-track Voter ID Expansion

Leading Texas Republican lawmakers and officials publicly endorsed a bill that would make permanent a voter ID “safety net” allowing those without proper documentation to cast a regular ballot if they sign an affidavit.

Texas Kept Children in Foster Homes Without 24 Hour Supervision, Judge Finds

The federal judge overseeing a class action lawsuit against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) has issued an order that finds that the agency has not been complying with her December 2015 order keeping the department from placing children in foster homes that lack 24-hour supervision. She opines that the state agency has continued to have children in these facilities for over a year.

Texas Police: Our Border Is Not Yet Under Control

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director, Colonel Steve McCraw, told a Texas House committee that only two of Texas’ fourteen border counties are under “operational control.” No Texas border counties have been raised to the highest security level of “substantial control.”

Texas Looks at Creating State-Level Immigration Laws

The Texas Legislature could look into new state-level immigration laws to give police more authority in immigration-related cases. During a meeting of the Texas House’s State Affairs Committee, Texas Deputy Attorney General Brantley Starr told legislators they could create state-level immigration laws if they were careful to carve out unique areas that did not conflict or step on federal immigration laws.

LGBT Crowd Goes After Texas State Rep Who Didn’t Want Men in Ladies’ Restrooms

The LGBT lobby has been in full-throttle since a conservative Texas state representative filed bills which would undermine its agenda. The Washington, D.C., based LGBT advocacy group has flooded Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) with public information requests seeking all communications of any sort with pastors, faith organizations, and others – in all, 43 conservative and religious groups and individuals.

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Texas County Jails: 140 Suicides in Five Years

One hundred forty people have committed suicide in Texas county jails over the past five years. This disturbing trend was revealed in the wake of the hanging suicide of Sandra Bland in the Waller County jail two weeks ago.

Texas Senate Considering Bill That Could Financially Kill Public-Sector Unions

A bill filed by Texas State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) could prove to be the financial death penalty for many public sector labor unions across the state. The bill, SB 1968, was filed at the very end of the bill filing period for this Legislative Session last Friday, and would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public sector unions.

Texas Sen. Creighton Hopeful Franchise Tax Reforms Will Pass

Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) told Breitbart Texas he expects franchise tax relief bills to pass in the Senate. Multiple bills proposing changes to Texas’ franchise tax have been filed in both chambers of the Texas Legislature, and multiple elected officials have told Breitbart Texas that they are hopeful that the 84th Legislative Session will see substantive changes to the tax, ultimately resulting in it being abolished. Creighton spoke to Breitbart Texas about a package of four bills that he had filed.

Texas Legislature Honors Phil Collins as ‘Honorary Texan’

British pop superstar Phil Collins received a unique honor this week, as the Texas Legislature issued a resolution recognizing him as an honorary Texan, for the donation of “his magnificent collection of historical artifacts to the State of Texas for display at the Alamo.”

The Case to End ‘Truancy’ Gets First Hearing at Texas Capitol

The House Committee for Juvenile Justice & Family Issues heard testimony at the state Capitol in Austin on bills that either eased or ended truancy as a juvenile crime in the state of Texas. More than 200 people signed up to speak before the committee to air their opinions on the hotly contested topic on Wednesday, March 11.

Texas GOP Divided on ‘Former Fetus’ Signs

What started as a protest by pro-life Texas legislators on abortion provider Planned Parenthood’s Day at the Capitol revealed some tensions between Republican legislators as the 84th Legislative Session hits its stride.

Texas Court Filings Are Down 17 Percent: Tort Reform Is Blamed

Civil lawsuit filings are down 17 percent in Texas over the last 10 years. Although Texas lawyers put forth a variety of reasons for the drop, the consensus is that tort reform is responsible. The bad news, some say, is that medical malpractice cases have all but been annihilated. W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm, says that the majority of medical malpractice cases that should be litigated have to be turned away because of the legal caps on non-economic damages.

Gun Rights Group Denounces Armed Militants in North Texas

Open Carry Texas has denounced the activities of a North Texas group that has been reportedly stalking police officers while being openly armed. The group is known by Open Carry Tarrant County and received publicity lately for their activities that allegedly included confronting police officers in the performance of their duty. The group members are openly carrying weapons during these encounters.