Houston Matters

666 New Laws Take Effect Today (Sept. 1, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: A summary of some of the new laws going into effect today, the week in politics, Houston's best food trucks, and the new chief curator of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

New Laws In Texas

More Than 650 Texas Laws Go Into Effect Sept. 1. Here Are 13 You Should Know

Posted on · Some overlooked voting laws, permitless carry, and a ban on critical race theory are among the newly passed legislation. Reporters at NPR's Texas Newsroom partner stations break down some of the key items.

Politics

After Voting Bill’s Passage, Texas Democrats Hold Out For Federal Help That May Never Come

Posted on · Texas Democrats made their way to the U.S. Capitol to pressure Congress into voting for federal voting protections. But politics in Washington make that less likely with each passing day.

Health & Science

Texas Lawmakers Supported A Statewide Vaccine Mandate A Decade Ago. Now Skepticism Abounds About The COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on · Ten years ago, the state led in requiring meningitis vaccines for students under 22 enrolling in college. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, lawmakers are more skeptical of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Politics

Texas House Solidifies Quorum With Burst Of Returning Democrats But Has Only 2 Weeks Left To Pass Jam-Packed Agenda

Posted on · It’s unclear what the Legislature will be able to accomplish with just two weeks left on the 30-day clock. Key legislative deadlines are coming. Member relationships are frayed. Some Democrats warn the quorum could be broken again.

Politics

Texas Supreme Court Says House Democrats Can Be Arrested And Brought To The Capitol, Siding With Republicans Trying To Secure A Quorum

Posted on · In a bid to block a voting restrictions bill, House Democrats for weeks have denied the lower chamber the number of present members needed to pass legislation. House Speaker Dade Phelan has already signed dozens of civil arrest warrants.

Education News

With School Openings Near, Parents And Teachers Say State Leaders Have Stripped Them Of Weapons Against COVID-19

Posted on · Public health experts and medical professionals are sounding the alarm over the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19. The governor has stood firm on his ban against masking mandates in schools.

Houston Matters

Texas House Walkout Enters Rolls On, Threatens Entire Special Session Agenda (July 14, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We get the latest on the walkout as the remaining members of the House voted to send for missing Democrats -- and have them arrested if necessary. Plus we discuss the week's other political stories. And a sleep expert answers your questions.

Houston Matters

Democrats Leaving The State To Block Controversial Legislation (July 13, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: State lawmakers look to break quorum in the special session of the Texas Legislature in a second attempt to block controversial GOP legislation critics have slammed as voter suppression.