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 […]

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The Long Saga Over Establishing an Official Texas State Music Museum

Posted on · Since 2005, the establishment of an official Texas State Music Museum has been a tumultuous road. An allotment of funds had been set aside for it but then had to be used to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Then, once the funds were reacquired, a competitive vetting process between Houston and Austin saw Houston as […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

A Special Session, and Mike Pence Visits NASA: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on Texas […]

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Future Transportation Plans for Houston, and The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (June 9, 2017)

Posted on · The Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG) is hosting their second annual State of Mobility event on June 8, where Mayor Sylvester Turner will talk about his ideas for the future of Houston transportation. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with TAG’s executive director, Andrea French, to discuss funding the future of Mayor Turner’s vision, and […]

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Numerous, Lengthy Legal Battles Expected Over Texas’ New ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Law

Posted on · Almost immediately after Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a preemptive lawsuit asking a federal court to uphold its constitutionality. Shortly after that, the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit against the governor and attorney general alleging that the […]