Gov. Greg Abbott organizes ‘school choice’ rally at the Capitol
Parents, teachers and advocates traveled from across Texas on Tuesday to hear from Gov. Greg Abbott and make their case to lawmakers for expanding support for private schools.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
“He has a battle rifle”: Police feared Uvalde gunman’s AR-15
In previously unreleased interviews, police who responded to the Robb Elementary shooting told investigators they were cowed by the shooter’s military-style rifle. This drove their decision to wait for a Border Patrol SWAT team to engage him, which took more than an hour.
“We just want parity”: Military groups call on lawmakers to give Operation Lone Star troops death benefits
Law enforcement officers who serve on Operation Lone Star get a $500,000 death benefit for their survivors if they die on duty. But National Guard troops on the same mission don’t get a dime from the state for their families if they die.
The Texas House and Senate differ on how to cut property taxes. Here’s what their proposals say.
Cuts to school property tax bills. Bigger tax benefits for homeowners. A controversial idea to limit property tax growth. Here’s what you need to know about the brewing property tax debate at the Texas Legislature.
House pushes armed officer at all Texas school campuses
House pushes armed officer at all schools Under legislation prioritized by House Speaker Dade Phelan, every Texas school would have an armed police officer, and aspiring teachers would receive extra support.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Opinions San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas lawmakers propose historic investments to broadband and water infrastructure — voters will have the last word
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan revealed House Bill 9 and House Bill 10, which seek to create the Texas Broadband Infrastructure Fund and the Texas Water Fund, respectively.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s new priority bills focus on school safety, requiring districts to adopt active-shooter plans
More than nine months after the Uvalde school shooting, top GOP lawmakers maintain focus on school safety reforms and investments in mental health resources in hopes it will prevent future tragedies.
Texas House’s property tax bill calls for $17 billion in cuts, tighter appraisal cap
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s main property tax proposal unveiled Thursday calls for $17 billion in cuts and a stricter cap on how much school district taxes can go up each year — setting up a stark divide between the Texas Legislature’s two chambers on how to provide tax relief to property owners this session.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, Sansanmarcosrecord.com
Texas legislative leaders — Dan Patrick, Dade Phelan — jab each other’s priorities in dueling speeches
During dueling speeches to a conservative think tank in Austin, state House Speaker Dade Phelan and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who have a history of animus, split over property tax relief, criminal justice reform and school choice.
Speaker Phelan announces new House priority bills on property tax relief, economic development
Property tax relief is one of the top priorities for Texas Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott. Lawmakers in the House and Senate have vowed to provide the largest property tax cut in state history.communityimpact.com
Republican Texas lawmakers rally around bill restricting the college sports teams transgender athletes can join
Seventy-seven Texas House Republicans signed on as co-authors to state Rep. Valoree Swanson’s bill extending restrictions on transgender athletes to college sports. Gov. Greg Abbott has expressed support for the legislation, which is also a priority of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Expanding Medicaid coverage, online data privacy rights: Speaker Phelan releases first House priorities
The bipartisan proposals reflect “some of the most pressing issues on the minds of Texans today,” Phelan said. More priorities will be announced later in the legislative session.communityimpact.com
Speaker Dade Phelan endorses Medicaid expansion for new mothers, repeal of “tampon tax” in first batch of 2023 priorities
The leader of the state House also threw his support behind bills to crack down on how companies handle private data and to protect children from “addictive algorithms” by digital companies.
Paxton whistleblowers urge lawmakers not to oppose settlement that will be paid with taxpayer dollars
In a statement, the attorneys for the four former top deputies who accused Attorney General Ken Paxton of crimes said state employees “cannot be expected to report government corruption in the future if they know the Legislature won’t back their rights.”
Wanna bet? Texas Legislature to reconsider legalizing casinos and sports betting
Gambling legalization advocates in Texas are going all in again this legislative session, confident that they have built more support since their efforts came up far short in 2021.The push is still an[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Capital Highlights — Speaker open to resort-style casinos in state
House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, told The Dallas Morning News and other media outlets that he is open to bringing resort-style casinos to Texas.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas House selects Rep. Dade Phelan as speaker for another legislative session
Phelan defeated Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, for the House leadership position in a vote, 145-3. In cruising to victory, Phelan secured the support of Democrats as well as the most conservative members of his party.
Texas lawmakers have a $27 billion surplus, but a spending cap complicates their goal of lowering property taxes
Texas homeowners have some of the highest property tax bills in the nation, a byproduct of the state’s reliance on such taxes to help pay for public schools and the state’s lack of an income tax.
Capital Highlights — Legislators begin filing bills ahead of session
Texas legislators are off to the races, filing more than 850 bills on Monday, the first day of filing season for the 88th session, which begins Jan.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Gov. Greg Abbott embraces “invasion” language about border, evoking memories of El Paso massacre
In the days since Abbott was reelected for a third term, he has embraced the word like never before, using it in a letter to President Joe Biden, echoing the intensifying language many Republicans have adopted in recent years.
Energy expansion requires natural gas
Texas continues to experience record-breaking heat that is putting our electric grid to the test. Several times recently, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued conservation pleas to Texans to avoid rolling blackouts. And the state keeps setting records for energy demand.myrgv.com
Legislators working to improve healthcare access
Dade Phelan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, issued interim charges related to healthcare reform in Texas. The House Select Committee on Healthcare Reform met Aug. 4 and 5 in Austin to address this charge. As the only member from the Rio Grande Valley and vice chair of the Public Health Committee, I am honored to represent the RGV and advocate for improved healthcare access and health outcomes in our community.myrgv.com
Texas House speaker says he’s confident Legislature will revive expiring corporate tax break program
Lawmakers let the program, known as Chapter 313, expire at the end of this year after the Senate declined to consider a bill extending it. It was the first time in its 20-year history that legislators decided not to renew the program.
Texas House speaker pitches spending more than $100 million for mental health, school safety programs
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan pitched redirecting more than $100 million in state funding to quickly boost mental health and school safety programs before school starts again next fall.His plan came[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas House speaker pitches spending more than $100 million for mental health, school safety programs
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick had asked House leaders to support his push for arming school police officers with bulletproof shields after the Uvalde shooting. House Speaker Dade Phelan is also asking for more money for mental health and school safety programs.
Abbott asks Tex. legislature for ‘special’ committees on school safety
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked state lawmakers to convene a pair of “special legislative committees” to address the issues of school safety and mass violence in the wake of the shootings that left 19 children and two teachers dead inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex.washingtonpost.com
Abbott calls for special legislative committees in wake of Uvalde shooting
Greg Abbott is calling for special legislative committees to convene in the wake of the mass shooting at an Uvalde Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Abbott sent a joint letter to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan on Wednesday to request Texas legislative leaders convene special legislative committees. Funerals for two of the children were held Tuesday. More funerals are expected to continue this week.myrgv.com
Video: Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke clash over Uvalde deaths as governor provides more details on school shooting
Abbott was publicly criticized by his Democratic opponent for governor. Abbot also said he wasn’t sure if he would attend the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting later this week.
Analysis: The Texas Legislature’s 2023 session has already started
The next session of the Texas Legislature is months away, but by the time it actually starts, a lot of the work will already be done. Lawmakers are working on early versions of their legislation right now — before some of them have even been elected.