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.

Guns

Texas Republicans Are Vowing To Defy Any New Federal Gun Rules. Experts Say It’s Largely A Symbolic Gesture

Posted on · The push to steel Texas against new federal rules comes as gun violence nationwide — including a recent shooting in Bryan — has sparked Democrats to call for an assault weapons ban and stronger background checks, among other changes.

Guns

Texas House Approves Bill That Would Allow People To Carry A Gun Without A License

Posted on · House Bill 1927 would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. Texans under current state law must generally be licensed to carry handguns, either openly or concealed.

Energy & Environment

While Texas Lawmakers Target Renewables, The State’s ‘Thermal Fleet’ Threatens Grid Stability Yet Again

Posted on · The state’s grid operator warned of a possible energy emergency on the grid Tuesday. It said slightly warmer-than-expected weather was part of the problem, but it was really the fact that coal, gas and nuclear power were offline all at once.

Immigration

Texas Sues Biden Administration In Effort To Reinstate Trump-Era ‘Remain In Mexico’ Immigration Policy

Posted on · The policy required asylum seekers who passed through Mexico on their way to the U.S. to stay in Mexico while their claims were processed. Many were forced to live in sometimes dangerous and unsanitary migrant camps.

Criminal Justice

An Incarcerated Texan Says He Should Already Be Home. Why Is He Still In Federal Lockup?

Posted on · Under an interpretation of the First Step Act, the federal government has said it does not have to give people so-called "home confinement credits" until 2022.