Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recaps the 2023 regular legislative session with Sherry Sylvester, distinguished senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, at TPPF headquarters in downtown Austin on May 30, 2023.

Politics

Abbott backs Phelan’s property tax cut plan, spurring ire from Patrick

Posted on · The House passed a bill without Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s preferred increase to homestead exemptions — then abruptly adjourned for the special session. That basically tells the Senate to take the House bill Gov. Greg Abbott backs or leave it.

Drag artist Brigitte Bandit and other attendees wait to give witness testimony for the Senate’s discussion of SB12 in the Capitol rotunda on Thursday. The bill defines drag shows as sexually oriented performances and would fine businesses that host events allowing in children.

Texas

Texas Senate committee advances bills restricting certain drag shows

Posted on · Proposed legislation from Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, would criminalize explicit performances where children are present and strip libraries of state funding for hosting any event featuring performers in drag. Critics say the bill is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Jolanda Jones Texas Tribue

Texas

Texas House has record number of LGBTQ representatives as lawmakers face scores of bills focused on gender and sexuality

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has nine lawmakers who are openly LGBTQ, all Democrats, including Reps. Ann Johnson and Jolanda Jones of Houston. At the same time, some Republican lawmakers are pushing a slate of bills aimed at drag queens, transgender children and how sexuality is discussed in schools.