Politics

GOP Voting Bills Aimed At Harris County Reforms Are Suppression, Civil Rights Groups Say

Posted on · The ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League and others slammed the bills, which they say are unjust and make it harder to vote. Harris County leaders, meanwhile, say their reforms are the target.

Guns

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Says Senate Currently Lacks The Votes To Pass Permitless Carry Of Handguns

Posted on · "I plan to meet with law enforcement who oppose permitless carry and with the [National Rifle Association] and [Gun Owners of America] who support it to see if we can find a path that a majority of senators will vote to pass,” Patrick said.

Energy & Environment

Electricity Repricing Bill Hits Wall In Texas House, Marking First Major Schism With Senate This Session

Posted on · Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the House "stood for big business" after Speaker Dade Phelan signaled skepticism about reversing billions of dollars in charges for wholesale electricity during last month’s winter storm.

Energy & Environment

Texas Senate Scrambles To Advance Bill That Would Force ERCOT To Reprice Energy Charges From Winter Storm

Posted on · Senate Bill 2142, sponsored by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, had not even been filed when the day started Monday, but lawmakers suspended their rules to hastily push it through the Senate.

Texas

Update: Phelan Sworn In As Texas House Speaker On Opening Day Of 2021 Texas Legislative Session

Posted on · Lawmakers will convene at noon in the State Capitol, where new senators and representatives will be sworn in. Between the coronavirus pandemic and last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, many have concerns about safety today.