Houston Matters

Political Roundup: Texas Legislature’s Special Session, And The Health Care Debate Continues

Posted on · SB 3, the so-called “bathroom bill,” is one step closer to passage, and yet faces an uncertain future in the Texas House of Representatives. And it’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.

Texas Legislature

Red State, Blue Cities? Local Control Battles Set To Dominate Special Session

Posted on · Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and their allies are increasingly turning to “preemptive” legislation to give Texas the final say on issues ranging from school bathroom policies to tree ordinances. That’s frustrating not only big city liberals but also many small-government conservatives.

Houston Matters

Underage Marriage Laws in Texas Change Starting Sept. 1

Posted on · (Above: Frankie Ortega’s mother was forced to get married when she was 14. Photo Courtesy: Frankie Ortega) In Texas, a child — no matter what age — can get married as long as a judge approves it. And 16- and 17-year-olds can marry as long as they have parental consent. But all that changes Sept.1, 2017. Gov. Greg […]