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Amended ‘School Choice’ Bill Passes in Texas Senate

The Texas Senate passed school choice legislation, Senate Bill 3, that would establish education savings accounts and tax credit scholarship programs intended to expand K-12 options for children. The bill crossed the finish line in a final vote of 18-13 on Thursday with a few notable changes.

Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Must Have ‘Teeth’, Says Dan Patrick

The bill passed by the Texas Senate this week calls for the creation of criminal penalties for state, county, or local officials who chose to ignore federal immigration law. The bill also creates a provision whereby the official could be removed from office if they fail to enforce the law.

Texas Democrat Says Trump Is Correct–They Take Minorities for Granted

A Democrat Texas State Senator publicly stated that the Democrat Party has taken minorities for granted. The statement was made by Texas Democratic Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Friday afternoon during a panel hosted by the Texas Tribune in this border city. In one of the questions, Tribune CEO Evan Smith brought up Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s effort to court African-American and Hispanic voters.

Rick Perry’s 2012 Appointee Resigns Amid Scandals

On Friday, Gov. Abbott announced the departure of Kyle Janek as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Janek, a former Texas state representative and senator, was appointed to the position in 2012 by then-Governor Rick Perry.

Texas Open Carry Bill Stalls Again Due to Political Pressure

The Texas House of Representatives voted against concurrence with changes made to the open carry bill by the Senate. The move by the House sends the bill to a conference committee between the two bodies of the Legislature to resolve their differences in the bill.

Texas Bill Governing Judges Raises Questions by Judge over Separation of Powers

A long time statutory probate judge in Harris County, Texas, is raising an issue which begs the question of where the legislature’s power over the judiciary begins and ends. It is his opinion, that Senate Bill 1876, relating to appointing attorneys, mediators, or guardians, via a rotating list, is unconstitutional as violative of the separation of powers.

Open Carry Passes in Texas Senate, Changes Force it Back to House

The Texas Senate gave final passage to House Bill 910, the bill that would allow concealed carry license holders to openly carry a handgun. The bill was passed out of the Senate during a late night Memorial Day weekend session with a vote of 20-11. Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) was the lone Republican voting against the bill.

Woman Claiming to be Texas State Senator’s Wife Arrested for Harassment

A woman allegedly claiming to be the wife of Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) was arrested and charged with harassment. The Austin woman has been sending letters and packages to the Senator of a harassing and sexually explicit nature and failed to stop after receiving a cease and desist letter. The woman was charged with a Class B misdemeanor and could spend up to 180 days in jail and a possible fine of up to $2,000.

GOPAC Names Two Texas Legislators to ‘Emerging Leaders’ List

Two Texas Legislators have been named to GOPAC’s 2015 Class of Emerging Leaders. One state senator and one state representative. Being a freshman senator from the largest state senate district in the United States is tough work, but that is already being recognized by GOPAC, a conservative think-tank, as they named Texas State Senator Charles Perry to the 2015 Class of Emerging Leaders. State Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) was also named to the list.

Texas Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Truancy, Moves to House

The Texas Senate moved forward this week in a bipartisan 26-5 vote to decriminalize truancy. The Failure to Attend School (FTAS) or “truancy” is currently a juvenile Class C misdemeanor that carries fines and criminal marks on a student’s record for cutting class. It may soon be a thing of the past as the Texas Senate moved forward to decriminalize it through Senate Bill 106 (SB 106).

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Chairman Dennis Bonnen

Fireworks Erupt Between Texas House and Senate Over Tax Reform

Fireworks erupted on Wednesday in the Texas capitol building between the Lt. Governor and the House Speaker Pro Tempore over tax reform legislation. The verbal exchange between the two leaders began after State Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), who also serves Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, unveiled his plan for a $4.7 billion tax cut.

Abbott’s Emergency Item: Border Security Moving Slowly in Texas Senate

The Texas Senate appears to be moving slowly on a pair of border security bills, one of which has already passed the House. Border security legislation was set as an “Emergency Item” by Texas Governor Greg Abbott during his State of the State Address where he laid out his legislative agenda for the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. Approximately thirty days later, the Texas House passed HB 11 relating to border security and forwarded that bill to the Senate.

Texas State Senator Critical of Big Business’ Opposition to Tax Relief Bill

AUSTIN, Texas — State Senator Dr. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) sent an open letter on Tuesday to a group of business associations, challenging their opposition to SB 8, the Small Business Tax Relief Act. The bill was filed by Schwertner filed in February. The letter acknowledges the contribution that big businesses make to the Texas economy, but accuses them of neglecting the state’s small businesses in favor of protecting the interests of powerful big businesses.

Texas Senate Republicans Cheer Passage of Campus Carry Bill

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has officially passed SB 11, the “campus carry” legislation that would expand the state’s concealed handgun license (CHL) rights to allow CHL holders to also carry their guns into certain buildings on Texas’ public colleges and universities. The bill passed its third and final reading on Thursday in the Senate, a move that was cheered by Senate Republicans, who are hopeful that their colleagues in the House will pass the bill as well.

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 Senate Takes Step Towards Approving Concealed Campus Carry

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Senate, along a party-line vote, gave preliminary approval to the “Campus Carry Bill” which would allow people with a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a concealed handgun on public campuses of colleges and universities. The bill withstood a five hour floor debate and then more than two-dozen amendments. The preliminary vote came with a 20-11 vote.

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Texas Senate One Step Closer to Passing Open Carry

The Texas Senate passed the “open carry” bill, SB 17, on second reading Monday evening after about three and a half hours of debate. The vote was on partisan lines, with the 20 Republican Senators voting in favor of the bill, and the 11 Democrats voting against it. The bill still needs to go to third reading before it will be deemed officially passed by the Senate.

State Senate Press Conf on Education

150K Texas Students Trapped in Over 200 Failing Schools, says Lt. Governor

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick opened a press conference on education by saying that nearly 150,000 students were trapped in over two hundred schools that were failing their students and parents. His remarks came at the beginning of a conference that featured members of the Senate Education Committees and other Texas State Senators with education bills.

Leader of Anti-Gun Group May Have Lied During Texas Senate Testimony

The leader of a pro-gun control group made several statements that were easily proven to be false during her testimony before the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee last Thursday, when she joined hundreds of other members of the public who came to the Texas Capitol to share their opinions about two bills under consideration by the committee, SB 11, the “campus carry” bill, and SB 17, the “open carry” bill. As Breitbart Texas reported, both bills passed the committee and are headed to the Senate for consideration.

Sen. Perry Files Bills to Respond to Needs of Rural District

Texas State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) announced this week that he had filed several bills for consideration during this legislative session that were in response to feedback he had received from constituents in his district, a mostly rural area containing Lubbock and San Angelo. The new bills are the latest among the ones that Perry has filed to address specific needs of his district.

Texas Open Carry & Campus Carry Bills Pass Committee

After a long day of debate and passionate public testimony from both sides, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee has voted to recommend that the Texas Senate pass both SB 11, the “campus carry” bill, and SB 17, the “open carry” bill. Both bills now head to the full Texas Senate for consideration. The vote came just before 6:00 pm Central Time on Thursday.

Op-Ed: Texas Republican Senators, You have a Mandate to Drive!

With the election of a new Texas governor and lieutenant governor who didn’t run to the mushy middle to get elected, conservative Republican legislators were given a mandate – the proverbial keys to the governance car, and when Texas voters hand you the keys, you’d better drive!

Lt. Gov. Patrick Appoints Texas Senate Committee Chairs

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) released the appointments of fourteen Senate Committee assignments. The appointments include twelve Republican chairmanships and two Democrat chairmanships. Patrick campaigned on reducing the number of Democrats as committee chairs. The announcement of committee assignments was released by the Lt. Governor’s office on Friday afternoon.

Texas Senate Tosses ‘Two Thirds’ Rule, Paving Way for Conservative Agenda

On Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted on mostly partisan lines to throw out a nearly 70 year old rule that made it easier for Democrats to block bills in the Republican controlled chamber. Under the “Two-Thirds Rule,” bills could not be brought up for debate without the votes of two-thirds of the Senators, or 21 out of the 31 Senators. Republicans currently have a 20 to 11 majority, leaving them still needing the vote of at least one Democrat to advance legislation.

Wendy Davis Attacks Konni Burton’s Boots as ‘Kitschy’

AUSTIN, Texas — State Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) made headlines last week for wearing custom-made boots with a “Stand for Life” logo when she was sworn into office, and her Democrat predecessor, Wendy Davis, was unable to resist firing some parting shots at her, calling the boots “a kitschy statement” and attacking Burton’s commitment to protecting Texans’ constitutional rights.

Texas Democrat State Rep. Attacks Dan Patrick in New Ad

The new ad from State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (R-San Antonio) in his quest to succeed State Senator Leticia Van de Putte touts Fischer’s prowess “fighting” with Republicans and ends with a promise that “some fights you can’t back down from — Dan Patrick’s gonna learn that.”