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New Texas Laws Go Into Effect Sept. 1 — How Will They Affect You?

Posted on · Starting tomorrow (9/1/15), the majority of the laws passed during the state’s 84th legislative session will take effect. All this month, the Texas Tribune has reported how these new laws may change some Texans’ lives. We discuss how and welcome your questions for Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ayan Mittra.

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New Laws, Pearland and Texans Preview: Monday’s Show (August 31, 2015)

Posted on · Starting tomorrow (9/1/15), the majority of the laws passed during the state’s 84th legislative session will take effect. All this month, the Texas Tribune has reported how these new laws may change some Texans’ lives. We discuss how on this edition of Houston Matters, as we welcome your questions for Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ayan Mittra. Also […]

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What Got Done — and What Didn’t — During the 84th Texas Legislature?

Posted on · The 84th legislative session officially wraps up in Austin today, and lawmakers spent the final weekend passing bills addressing issues ranging from campus carry, to medical marijuana, to student truancy, to a new school grade rating system. We discuss what lawmakers passed, what fell short of passage and what it all may signal politically with Brandon […]

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Hurricane Season and a Legislative Recap: Monday’s Show (June 1, 2015)

Posted on · It’s officially Hurricane season, Houston. Starting now, and for the next six months, we Houstonians keep tabs on tropical storms developing in the Gulf and prepare for the possibility that any could make landfall. The last few years have been relatively quiet on the tropical storm front, which would normally leave public officials concerned about […]

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What Moments and Bills Have Shaped the 84th Legislature So Far?

Posted on · There’s less than a month remaining in the 84th Texas legislative session. Lawmakers have introduced and debated a number of bills. Some are bound for passage and approval by the governor; others may be languishing in a committee, if given consideration at all. Today, we discuss the moments — and the bills — that have defined […]

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State Legislative Update: Monday’s Show (May 11, 2015)

Posted on · There’s less than a month remaining in the 84th Texas legislative session. Lawmakers have introduced and debated a number of bills. Some are bound for passage and approval by the governor; others may be languishing in a committee, if given consideration at all. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the moments — and the […]

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What Are the Big Issues at the Legislature in Education, Healthcare, Transportation and the Environment?

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, health […]

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What Kinds of Gambling Are Legal in Greater Houston?

Posted on · State Representative Carol Alvarado of Houston is sponsoring a measure during this legislative session that would create a Texas Gaming Commission. The commission could establish casino gambling in resort areas and in major cities, including Houston. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials in Harris County and the city of Houston have begun to tackle illegal gambling using […]

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Lawmakers Share Their Plans for the New Legislative Session

Posted on · Today lawmakers from across the state are gathering in Austin for the kick-off of the new legislative session. Together, their main job is to pass a budget for the next two years. But local lawmakers also have their own priorities. News 88.7’s Laura Isensee has been talking to members of the Houston delegation about those […]

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What’s in Store for the 2015 Legislature?

Posted on · On the second Tuesday of odd numbered years, the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session. For a maximum of 140 days, lawmakers will decide the fate of Houstonians and Texans alike. But what does that mean for you and what are some of the bills that will be up for discussion?  This year marks a […]

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Legislature Preview, Evolution of a Criminal, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Posted on · On the second Tuesday of odd numbered years, the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session. For a maximum of 140 days, lawmakers will decide the fate of Houstonians and Texans alike. But what does that mean for you and what are some of the bills that will be up for discussion?  This year marks a […]