By Julian Aguilar
As Texas takes on another hurricane season, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has nearly committed all of the 2016-17 emergency funds reserved for state disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other natural disasters.
By Mike Ward and Matthew Adams
AUSTIN – Members of a state Senate committee called Monday for changes in Texas law to prevent cities from thwarting or blocking citizen petition drives, a key issue for conservative and tea party groups in Houston and other cities in recent years. SUBSCRIPTION ONLY
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by Charles Kuffner
This could take awhile, and that’s with me limiting myself to contested races. First, the Senate.
By Howard Roden
The Woodlands Township board chairman Bruce Tough has filed for the Texas House District 15 seat. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, who served one term in the state House of Representatives, is vacating the seat to run for Senate District 4 after the retirement of state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.
By Chris Cotelesse
As more people announce intentions to run for Texas Senate District 4 once a special election is announced, various political organizations are beginning to back potential candidates
The Governmental Relations Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Briefing with a panel of Texas State Representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Representatives Rick Miller from District 26, Ron Reynolds from District 27, Phil Stephenson from District 85 and John Zerwas from District 28 will speak about the recent legislative session and the challenges ahead.
State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, and Richard “Gordy” Bunch, board member of The Woodlands Township, announced their intentions to run for the Texas Senate District 4 seat, which will be vacated by longtime state lawmaker Tommy Williams.
Voters should approve Proposition 5, which would amend the state constitution to allow homeowners age 62 or older to use a reverse mortgage loan to purchase a new home.
In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.
by Ross Ramsey
The wettest part of the state will have an outsized say in the state’s water planning.
Houston, with a mayoral race and the “eighth wonder of the world” on the ballot, could account for one-third of the votes in November’s constitutional-amendment election on $1.1 billion for water projects around the state.
In a 26-page opinion issued today, a San Antonio federal court ruled there was no basis to block the use of the 2013 redistricting maps in upcoming elections, and that the redistricting maps passed by the Texas Legislature in the special session should be used for the 2014 elections.
By Greg Groogan, Fox 26
August 6, 2013
by Aman Batheja and Alexa Ura
August 5, 2013
The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.
“Let’s adjourn this mutha,” said state Sen.John Whitmire, D-Houston, after the Senate had sent House Bill 1 back over to the lower chamber for final passage.
It was the third try by lawmakers since the end of the regular session to pass a measure to boost funding for the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation without raising taxes or fees.