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Key Bills And Takeaways From the Texas Legislature: What You Need To Know And What Comes Next

How will key bills and takeaways from the recent legislative session impact Texans? And, are you ready for hurricane season?


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Yesterday was the last day of the Texas Legislature's 140-day session.

And today is the first day of hurricane season.

Both have great impact on Texans – so, today, we talk hurricanes and politics.

Political science experts summarize what happened in the Texas Legislature and field listeners’ questions.

Abortion, permitless carry, bail reform, voting, critical race theory.

What happened with those key bills, and how will they impact your life?

What comes next?

And will there be a Special Session?

Plus, are you ready for hurricane season?

What are meteorologists expecting this summer, and what do we need to know to be prepared?


Dan Reilly:

  • Warning Coordination Meteorologist for National Weather Service Houston

Jeronimo Cortina and Brandon Rottinghaus:

  • University of Houston political science professors
  • Co-hosts of “Party Politics

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with local headlines, including:

  • Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that this year's "Freedom Over Texas" City of Houston Fourth of July celebration will be a virtual event – broadcast live and available for streaming for the second year in a row because of the pandemic.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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