Politics

Texas House Solidifies Quorum With Burst Of Returning Democrats But Has Only 2 Weeks Left To Pass Jam-Packed Agenda

Posted on · It’s unclear what the Legislature will be able to accomplish with just two weeks left on the 30-day clock. Key legislative deadlines are coming. Member relationships are frayed. Some Democrats warn the quorum could be broken again.

Politics

GOP leaders Say They’ve Secured An Extra Month Of Funding For Texas Legislature To Plug Money Vetoed By Gov. Greg Abbott

Posted on · It was not immediately clear how much funding is being moved, where those dollars are coming from in the state budget and what mechanism under state law leaders are using to redistribute those funds.

Politics

With Time Running Out, Texas Legislature Still At Impasse On GOP Elections Bill

Posted on · 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.

Politics

Gov. Greg Abbott Vetoes Funding For Texas Legislature And Its Staff As Punishment For Democrats’ Walkout On Elections Bill

Posted on · The governor’s move comes after House Democrats led a walkout in the final days of the regular legislative session to block passage of Senate Bill 7, Abbott’s priority elections bill that would have overhauled voting rights in the state.

Energy & Environment

Electricity Repricing Bill Hits Wall In Texas House, Marking First Major Schism With Senate This Session

Posted on · Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the House "stood for big business" after Speaker Dade Phelan signaled skepticism about reversing billions of dollars in charges for wholesale electricity during last month’s winter storm.

National

Texas Judge Rules Federal Eviction Moratorium Unconstitutional. Lawyers And Advocates Disagree On What That Means For Tenants

Posted on · The judge opted against issuing an injunction that would block the federal ban on evictions, instead signaling that he expected the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to withdraw its moratorium.