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Texas

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.

A water faucet.

Politics

New House caucus aims to put water infrastructure upgrades front-and-center of Texas legislative agenda

Posted on · Much of the new Texas House Water Caucus’ effort will go towards helping midsized and smaller communities, but cities like Houston – which has seen three major disruptions of its water supply since 2020 – will benefit as well.

Texas Capitol
Officers responding to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde waited 73 minutes to break the classroom where the shooter was.

School shooting

‘73 minutes is too long’: Former judge weighs in on probe of police response in Uvalde

Posted on · Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman was on the committee behind a 77-page report released Sunday. The investigation revealed nearly 400 law enforcement officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, but, for many of them it was unclear who was in charge.

Photo credit:  Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News

Town Square

A closer look at Uvalde school shooting ‘systemic failures’, and what’s being done to help families heal

Posted on · With the recent release of the Texas House committee investigation of the Robb Elementary School shooting and with Uvalde County commissioners' approval of a $5 million contract to assist victims, experts discuss what we can learn in order to protect our kids in the future.

Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, presents Senate Bill 6 to the full Texas House.

Politics

Texas lawmakers pass controversial new map for the U.S. House of Representatives

Posted on · While Democrats hold firm in their accusations of racial gerrymandering, Republicans passed a map reallocating Texas’ seats in the U.S. House. A court challenge is likely ahead.

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