State Rep. Jolanda Jones, D-Houston, speaks at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 8. Three members of Jones' senior staff resigned abruptly in late March.

Politics

Houston state representative’s key staffers abruptly resign, citing concerns about ethics and tasks

Posted on · The senior staff for Democrat state Rep. Jolanda Jones alleged in a letter the Houston lawmaker’s office became a toxic workplace, including “physically threatening behavior” and demands that staff deal with issues involving Jones’ personal life.

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Texas House has record number of LGBTQ representatives as lawmakers face scores of bills focused on gender and sexuality

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has nine lawmakers who are openly LGBTQ, all Democrats, including Reps. Ann Johnson and Jolanda Jones of Houston. At the same time, some Republican lawmakers are pushing a slate of bills aimed at drag queens, transgender children and how sexuality is discussed in schools.

State Rep. Jolanda Jones, D-Houston (third from left) speaks to reporters Wednesday about a bill she authored that would require police officers to have a liability insurance policy in order to work in the state.

Politics

Texas police officers would have to carry liability insurance under proposed law

Posted on · Democrats in Texas have been calling for new police reforms in the state. Some lawmakers say requiring insurance for police officers might be less challenging than passing legislation to end qualified immunity.

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