Bills filed to bring red light cameras to a full stop in Texas
Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio) and Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) have filed identical bills in the Texas House and Senate to void any remaining contracts that violate the 2019 ban on red light cameras. Balcones Heights and Leon Valley are two of only three remaining cities that have them in Texas.
With time running out, Texas Legislature still at impasse on GOP elections bill
Republicans believe they have already compromised enough on the legislation, while Democrats are distrustful of both the policy driving the bill and their GOP colleagues after seeing how they have managed the process around the proposal so far.
Speaker Dade Phelan signs civil arrest warrant for Texas House Democrat who returned to Washington
The warrant to apprehend state Rep. Philip Cortez is the first one signed by the speaker since more than 50 House Democrats left the state to block Republicans from having the quorum needed to pass legislation during the special legislative session.
San Antonio lawmaker returns to Texas as Democrats trickle back from Washington, DC
Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, is back in Texas to negotiate with Republicans on proposed election legislation. Cortez was previously in Washington DC with fellow Democrats to take part in a quorum-busting walkout.
On plane to DC, San Antonio lawmaker says Democrat’s quorum break is about preserving Texan voting rights
As he sat in a plane that was minutes away from departing to Washington D.C., state Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, spoke to KSAT 12 on Monday about why Texas House Democrats decided to leave the state and break quorum (again).
‘It was just a mess’: Texas Rental Relief Program has distributed about 3% of its billion-dollar allotment
“Unfortunately, those delays caused a lot of pain, headaches and heartaches in terms of people just trying to keep a roof over their heads for themselves and their families,” said state Rep. Philip Cortez.