Archive: 2017 General Assembly

  • State reformers moving to sweep away bureaucratic tangle

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas — President Trump has a strong agenda to cut the red tape restraining the economy, but like officials at the state level he faces an army of entrenched opponents. Government rules affecting nearly every economic aspect of daily life are written and enforced…

  • House passes GenX funding, repeals plastic bag ban, goes home

    The state House of Representatives wrapped up the August special session Thursday with a heated debate over House Bill 56, and after passing the measure, adjourned until early October. The Senate passed its adjournment resolution Wednesday but met in a skeleton session early Thursday and went home. The measure…

  • Courts will get another crack at legislative districts

    The House and the Senate finally passed redistricting maps after weeks of contentious committee meetings and public hearings. A three-judge U.S. District Court panel gave the General Assembly a Sept. 1 deadline to present new legislative maps after the court ruled the districts enacted in 2011…

  • House, Senate pass redistricting plans

    New redistricting maps passed the House and Senate during a special session, but both chambers postponed voting on veto overrides. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the General Assembly to redraw legislative district maps after ruling nine Senate districts and 19 House districts were racially gerrymandered. A three-judge U.S.

  • Ignoring race in redistricting could backfire on GOP, scholar says

    Republicans chose to shun race as a consideration in remapping 28 legislative districts federal courts have deemed racial gerrymanders. Relying so heavily on that strategy might backfire as the case moves forward, a constitutional scholar says. While the GOP’s eventual goal is to maintain its supermajority…

  • Senate committee approves redistricting map

    The Senate Redistricting Committee made a few tweaks to redrawn Senate maps, including an incumbent protection amendment for a Democrat, but otherwise passed the documents intact. The maps will be taken up by the full Senate Friday at 10 a.m. Majority Republicans turned back a series…