IN DEPTH: Open Carry Bill Passes Initial Vote in Texas House after 5 Hr Debate

Following more than five hours of debate which was interrupted for several points of order discussions and fights over parliamentary procedure, HB 910 passed its initial vote on the floor of the Texas House by a vote of 96-35. The bill will allow Texas who possess a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to openly carry a handgun in a shoulder or belt holster. Eighteen amendments were offered to the bill by both Republicans and Democrats but only one amendment was passed.

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Texas House Passes Initial Vote on Open Carry Bill

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill on to second reading that would allow people with Concealed Handgun Licenses to openly carry handguns. The bill (HB 910) came to a vote after several hours of contentious debate over amendments and parliamentary procedural issues. The bill was approved by a vote of 96-35.

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Open Carry Bill Heading Back to Texas House Floor for Vote

AUSTIN, Texas – The bill to allow holders of Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) to openly carry handguns is heading back to the House floor for a vote on Friday. The bill came to the floor for a vote earlier this week but was sent back to committee due to a technical glitch.

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Point of Order Sends Texas Open Carry and Fracking Bills Back to Committee

Texas House Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) raised a point of order that resulted in a temporary setback for the House Open Carry bill, HB-910. The point of order was sustained by the Speaker, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and the bill will be sent back to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. The bill prohibiting local authorities from blocking fracking operations in their jurisdictions was sent back to committee on a similar point of order.

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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.

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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.

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First Statewide Tea Party Rally to be Held at Texas State Capitol on April 15

On Wednesday, April 15, nearly 100 Tea Party and affiliated patriot groups will gather in Austin on the south steps of the state Capitol for the first ever statewide Texas Tea Party rally. The rally is for all those who support the principles of limited government, fiscal sanity, personal responsibility, rule of law, and national and state sovereignty. It does not matter if people are formally affiliated with like-minded groups in their area or not.

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Bill Seeks to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’ in Texas

Long gone are the days when ending a love connection means a lot of name calling and bad-mouthing. Now, breaking up has gotten a whole lot harder to do in a “selfie-driven” social media age where a jilted ex-lover can plaster X-rated photos of that formerly dearly beloved all over the internet. It is called “revenge porn” and it turns private citizens into accidental overnight porn stars. Texas has a few bills gaining traction in the state legislature to stop the widespread malicious cyber-madness.

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Texas Bill to Expand Notification of Death of Child Under State Supervision Moves Forward

The bill filed by Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) relating to the expansion of notification requirements relating to the deaths of children who are under the supervision of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) moved one step closer to a vote on the House floor this week. The bill, (HB 1309), was sent to the Local and Consent Calendar on April 1.

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Texas Lawmaker Seeks to Deregulate Hair Braiding

The controversial regulations that have surrounded the ancient art of African hair braiding in Texas may be coming to an end through proposed legislation would eliminate the current licensing requirements. Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) filed a bill in the Texas State House that would eradicate the need for such regulations altogether. House Bill 2717 would permit someone to do natural hair braiding without needing a license to do so.

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Heated Debate Over Truancy Laws at Texas State Capitol

A heated debate erupted over a proposed bill that would decriminalize truancy for minors in Texas. The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice hearing room was standing room only as legislators prepared to hear public testimony on the matter. Senate Bill

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DOJ Launches Investigation into Dallas County Truancy Court

DALLAS, Texas — The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday, March 31, that they opened an investigation of Dallas County Truancy Court and Juvenile District Courts. The investigation is being conducted through its Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division.

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Franchise Tax Reform Stalled in Texas House

The Texas Senate has passed a package of bills that would enact substantive changes to the state’s franchise tax. Not a single bill related to franchise tax reform has received a public committee hearing in the Texas House.

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Abbott: White House Failing to Secure Border

WESLACO, Texas — The White House has been failing America in securing the border forcing Texas to step up to the plate and do what the federal government won’t do. That is the message that Texas governor Greg Abbott relayed during his most recent visit to the border.

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A Glut of Texas ‘Pro-Vax’ Bills Threaten Vaccination Exemptions

Pro-vaccination legislative fever is sweeping the nation faster than the recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks combined. Texas is no exception. A glut of proposed mandatory inoculation bills are moving through the 84th Legislative session. These are bills that would threaten existing vaccination exemptions.

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Abbott: DPS to Secure Most Wide Open Area of Texas Border

WESLACO, Texas – The most wide open area along the Texas border may soon get a boost in law enforcement presence as well as technology, said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The border city of Laredo and its surrounding areas has a long history of being used for drug and human smuggling by the Los Zetas cartel. A lack of a border fence and populated areas just yards from the Rio Grande have led to detentions of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers around city streets Breitbart Texas previously published.

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Texas House Committee Passes Open Carry for Concealed License Holders — Campus Carry on Hold

By a vote of 7-2, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety passed a bill which will allow Texans with concealed carry licenses to openly carry firearms. The bill, HB 910, authored by Chairman Larry Phillips (R-Sherman), will now move to the House Calendars Committee where it will be scheduled to go to the floor for a vote by the entire Texas House.

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Texas GOP Chairman ‘Very Supportive’ of Bill Reforming Public-Sector Unions

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Tom Mechler spoke to Breitbart Texas to express his support for SB 1968, a bill filed by Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) that would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public-sector unions. Mechler was elected the new RPT Chairman in an election earlier this month.

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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.

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Abbott Takes Action to Protect Children under Care of Family and Protective Services

Following the deaths of three children under the supervision of Texas Department of Family and Protective Service (DFPS), Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has directed the DFPS to implement comprehensive reforms. The reforms are aimed at protecting future and current children under the agency’s care. Nine children died under DFPS’ watch during 2014.

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Texas Bill: Covenant Marriage Revisited

Texas House Representative James White (R-Woodville) has filed H.B. 547 relating to the creation and dissolution of a covenant marriage. The law would allow couples to select to enter into an agreement for a covenant marriage. The law applies to populations between 54,000 and 56,000 in which more than 250 divorces are granted each year, or to counties where the commissioners court in the county have adopted an order authorizing persons to enter into covenant marriages. Bills providing for covenant marriages in Texas have not been successful in the past.

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