Senators decry secrecy pacts they signed to get voter fraud claims

By Nicole Cobler | Feb. 9, 2017 AUSTIN - Two Texas senators are promising to fight confidential agreements they signed before being allowed to view voter fraud complaints reported to the secretary of state's office. Their plan to make the information public follows newly nominated Secretary of State Rolando Pablos' declaration in a Senate committee … Continue reading Senators decry secrecy pacts they signed to get voter fraud claims

Lawmaker wants to position Texas to outlaw abortion with ‘trigger law’

By Nicole Cobler | Feb. 3 2017 AUSTIN - State Sen. Bob Hall is playing the long game on abortion. To date, more than two dozen bills relating to abortion have been filed in the Texas Legislature, most aimed at restricting the controversial procedure. Hall, however, has gone a step further and authored a bill … Continue reading Lawmaker wants to position Texas to outlaw abortion with ‘trigger law’

Judge blocks state from ousting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

AUSTIN — A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction, blocking the state from ousting Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program for at least a month. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ ruling followed a three-day hearing in which lawyers for the state argued that removing the nonprofit from Texas’ Medicaid program would have little … Continue reading Judge blocks state from ousting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Prized lands await public

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle Superintendent James Rice spends each day maintaining 3,757 acres of Hill Country land northwest of San Antonio in hopes that it will eventually be open to the public. He is the only employee at the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area, so that means an average day includes everything … Continue reading Prized lands await public

Doves proving problematic for military pilots

San Antonio Express-News A booming dove population coupled with rapid community expansion is creating significant risk around military aircraft training facilities in San Antonio, according to commanders. As many as 10,000 white-winged doves fly across the south end of the runway at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph every day during the summer, said Air Force Col. … Continue reading Doves proving problematic for military pilots

Lawmakers eye requiring schools to stock allergic-reaction drug

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN - San Antonio’s largest school districts, Northside and North East ISD, are a step ahead of lawmakers filing bills that would require public and charter schools to stock medicine that can counteract allergic reactions. Despite a federal law that provides financial incentives to stock the drug, many Texas schools … Continue reading Lawmakers eye requiring schools to stock allergic-reaction drug

Lawmakers push for streamlined environmental permitting process

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN - A San Antonio sewer treatment plant has been waiting five years to receive a water rights permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - a wait that could be shortened if Republican lawmakers get their way this legislative session. Clint Ellis, general manager for the Cibolo … Continue reading Lawmakers push for streamlined environmental permitting process

Phil Collins’ star rises over the Alamo

San Antonio Express-News & The Houston Chronicle  AUSTIN - Pop star Phil Collins, who has donated a private collection of artifacts to the caretakers of the Alamo, became an honorary Texan at the Capitol on Wednesday. Collins received the honor as he appeared at the Texas House and Senate, where he delivered another gift to Rep. … Continue reading Phil Collins’ star rises over the Alamo

Marijuana bills could be debated in Legislature

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle By Nicole Cobler and Madlin Mekelburg AUSTIN — Following the liberalization of marijuana laws in other states, Texas lawmakers backed by advocates for decriminalization have filed bills that would lessen penalities for possession of pot to that of a traffic ticket. State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, has filed a … Continue reading Marijuana bills could be debated in Legislature

Galindo says inexperience can benefit him in the Capitol

San Antonio Express-News AUSTIN — Before the House gavels in each day, freshman Rep. Rick Galindo moves across the floor to shake as many representatives’ hands as he can. A political novice, Galindo, 33, is in his first elected office and his first session as a legislator. “Part of the reason I’m doing this is … Continue reading Galindo says inexperience can benefit him in the Capitol