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Needle Exchange Program Could Come to Houston

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
Earlier this week, the Texas House of Representatives finally passed a bill allowing for the creation of needle exchange pilot programs in the state’s urban areas. San Antonio Representative Ruth Jones McClendon once again filed the bill, this time to relatively easy success (similar bills did not make it out...
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Sugar Land Rep. Rick Miller Gives House Dems the Gift of Chub

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
In a remarkable demonstration of legislative dithering, state Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) managed today to get a House Joint Resolution regarding federal spending through an initial hurdle in the state House. It’s not surprising, really, that the Lege passed on second reading HJR 77, which calls on U.S. Congress...
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Judicial Bypass Bill Moves to Gov. Abbott’s Desk

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
On Friday, the House passed HB 3994, which substantially restricts the circumstances in which a woman under the age of 18 can obtain an abortion without parental notification or consent in Texas. The bill, which would alter the so-called judicial bypass process (read more about that here), underwent some notable...
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Lawmakers Let Anti-LGBT Bills Die, But Not Without a Resolution

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
In a move that somewhat mirrored the Texas House earlier this month, state senators swapped the last of their anti-LGBT bills for a hastily written resolution reaffirming the old “1 man + 1 woman = marriage” saw. (Seriously, the text of the resolution was so new it was not  even...
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“Pastor Protection Act” Passes, LGBT Community Refuses to Be Painted as Anti-Religious Freedom

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
House Democrats today took to the back mic during the third reading of Senate Bill 2065 (a.k.a. the anti-LGBT “Pastor Protection Act”)… to speak for the bill. Equality Texas, too, seemed to support the legislation in its latest form. Perhaps that’s because nowhere in the text does it refer to...
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Open Carry Set for State Senate Showdown

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
As a fan of the late, great Justified, a TV show in which every major character either fatally shot someone or was the target of gunfire (or both!), whenever the open-carry debate pops up, I sometimes think, “sure, waving guns around in public, whatever. That happened every single episode on...
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Will State Rep. Bell’s Bill to Super-Ban Gay Marriage Rise from the Dead?

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
Marriage equality advocates are cautiously celebrating a victory today, after the last of some 20 proposed bills with a noticeable anti-LGBT bent failed to make it out of the House last night. House Democrats chubbed (a parliamentary process allowing them to try and stall other bills from being heard) HB...
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Just How Extreme Is Texas’s Anti-Abortion Legislation?

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
You know that law the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals basically upheld earlier this month? The one that requires abortion providers in the state to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements, even for medical abortions that require no surgery? It wins the prize for most needlessly burdensome anti-choice legislation in...
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Texas Legislature Gun Show Comes to a Close

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
Thanks to late-stage maneuvering by the Texas Legislature this year, soon you’ll be able to openly carry a handgun, and campus-carry a handgun, but you generally can’t openly carry your handgun on campus. Except if you want to openly carry your handgun as you stroll through the greenspaces of a...
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Lege Passes $209.4 billion Budget

6 years ago by Callie Enlow
On Friday, the Legislature finally passed a nearly $210 billion budget for 2016-2017, promising both $3.8 billion in tax cuts and a three percent budget increase over 2015. Conservatives were pleased that the budget also managed to stay well under the spending cap and not touch the so-called Rainy Day...

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