New law puts $25 cap on 30-day insulin supply for insured diabetics
Having lived with Type 1 diabetes since she was a child, Reva Verma, of Houston, said she was overwhelmed when the Texas Legislature passed <a href="https://legiscan.com/TX/text/SB827/2021" target="_blank">SB 827</a> that put a $25 cap on 30-day supplies of insulin for those who are insured.
Abbott finds little support from lawmakers for bill banning mask mandates
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott twice has issued orders barring school districts from mandating masks, and in early September, as the school year was about to start, he urged the Legislature to pass a bill enshrining his orders into law.myrgv.com
Texas GOP signs arrest warrants to end Democrats’ holdout
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican leaders in the Texas House signed arrest warrants for 52 Democrats who have blocked voting legislation in a standoff that stretched into its 31st day Wednesday, but it was not yet clear whether that threat would be enough to get lawmakers to return to the state Capitol.myrgv.com
Texas Democrats at odds with one another as some return to Legislature and others stay in Washington, D.C.
While the quorum-busting Democrats were able to maintain a largely united front during the first special session, which ended Friday, it was clear they reached a fork in the road when the second special session began a day later.
Texas House, just shy of a quorum, issues order to lock members inside the chamber
This is the second time in recent weeks the majority Republican House has voted to issue a “call of the House,” though members on Monday did not offer or debate a motion to enable law enforcement to track down members still missing from the chamber.
A tale of two capital cities: Texas Democrats continue fight for voting rights in Washington as Republicans push them to return
Both Republicans in Austin and Democrats in D.C. have engaged in the political drama over the past two weeks, with the two camps battling it out on cable news interviews and social media over the quorum bust and who is to blame for it.
Texas Dem Confronts Fox News Host: Say Trump Lost in 2020
Fox NewsDuring an appearance on Fox News Tuesday night, Texas state Rep. James Talarico (D) challenged host Pete Hegseth to tell his viewers that Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. Hegseth refused to confirm that basic statement of truth, proving his guest’s point in the process.As Hegseth pushed Talarico to explain why he and his fellow Democrats fled Texas to deny their Republican colleagues a quorum to pass anti-voting rights legislation, the lawmaker pulled no punnews.yahoo.com
Life-changing bills for those with diabetes headed to Gov. Abbott’s desk for signature
Two bills that will bring some financial relief to those with diabetes that use insulin are headed to the governor’s desk for a signature. If enacted, the bills would lower the cost of prescription insulin starting in September.
Texas governor’s biggest donors: Energy industry that failed
AUSTIN, Texas – As frozen Texas reels under one of the worst electricity outages in U.S. history, Republican Gov. “It's especially unacceptable when you realize what ERCOT told the state of Texas," Abbott said. While ERCOT manages most of Texas’ power grid, the commission and the Texas Legislature made key policy decisions that have factored into the ongoing crisis. In Texas, grid officials say they can't speak for why power generators here don't do the same. By comparison, the Texas oil and natural gas industry paid $13.9 billion in taxes and royalties last year alone, according to figures from the Texas Oil & Gas Association.
Proposed law would prohibit Texas law enforcement agencies from reality TV deals
Talarcio named House Bill 54 “Javier Ambler’s law," and wrote the bill with Ambler’s family, he said. Ambler was killed after he was chased by Williamson County deputies for failing to dim his headlights in March 2019. He was heard begging “Save me” and “I can’t breathe” before he was stunned a fourth time and lost consciousness. “In the tragic murder of Javier Ambler, we saw what happens when law enforcement leaders are more interested in boosting their ratings than protecting our communities. Law enforcement reality television has caused issues in Bexar County, too.
Ready or not, lawmakers began filing bills Monday for next meeting of Texas Legislature
State Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, filed a measure that would make Texas' medical marijuana program accessible to a larger number of patients. State Rep. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio, filed a proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility to some Texans under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. State Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, filed a proposal to ban abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy. State Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, filed a measure that would prevent law enforcement departments from working with reality TV shows. Just the same, the state's legislative season kicked off Monday with lawmakers filing a flurry of bills.The Texas Legislature won't be gaveled in until January, but this marked the first day lawmakers could file bills for debate.sacurrent.com
Texas Democrats urge Abbott to call special session as details emerge showing Javier Amblers death at the hands of sheriff's deputies
Social mediaLocal and state leaders are calling for the resignation of Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and for the deputies involved in Javier Amblers death to be fired. Last year, Williamson County deputies pursued Ambler in a car chase for 22 minutes, after trying to pull him over for not dimming his headlights. Williamson County sheriffs department maintains that its deputies did nothing wrong, according to an internal affairs investigation obtained by the Statesman. Moore needs to focus on completing her 16-month-old Ambler investigation. Instead, she is trying to blame her own failures on the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Chody tweeted.