Posted on · The action by the Texas Attorney General’s Office means cities and counties are immediately open to a myriad of legal challenges by trade groups seeking to overturn existing local ordinances.
Posted on · Attorneys for Houston and more than a dozen other cities argued House Bill 2127 was unconstitutionally vague and violated the Texas Constitution’s Home Rule provision. Judge Guerra Gamble of Travis County agreed.
Posted on · House Bill 2127 would block local governments from regulating in eight different areas, including labor, finance, and the environment.
Posted on · HB 2127 is just one of more than a thousand state bills that would interfere with local laws, including one regulating how loud a concert can be.
Posted on · Harris County was the only large county in Texas without an appointed administrator or manager -- until now.
Posted on · One particular type of government program is hyper-sensitive to poor performance and quick to change at almost any dollar cost, which begs the question: Why doesn't everything work like college football?
Posted on · After decades of one-party Republican rule in Texas, the inevitable question is, “Will Democrats do anything?”
Posted on · According to a new survey out this week from NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, many Latinos reported feeling better about their local government.
Posted on · Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently said “people are happy with their governments at their state level, they’re not with the city.” Is that true?
Posted on · Houston Matters discusses the future of municipal ID programs under the new so-called "sanctuary cities" law. We debate whether Houstonians are happier with their city government or their state government. We take a look at hate crimes in Greater Houston. And a Texas prisoner responds to allegations that he's a serial killer.
Posted on · The cities and counties won the latest round of the state's war on local government. But it's a temporary win, at best.
Posted on · Protests by local governments helped convince House leaders to KO an identical measure during the regular session. In the special session, its Governor Greg Abbott’s top priority.