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Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
In The States
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
2021-10-21 18:22:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a... Read More

Mental Health
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Calls 3rd Special Session, This One to Address Redistricting
2021-09-09 14:47:21
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas -- It has been an unexpectedly busy summer for the Texas legislature, and now Gov. Greg Abbott is calling lawmakers back for its third special session in two months to begin the bound-to-be-controversial task of redrawing legislative and... Read More

In The States
Texas Supreme Court Sides With Abbott, Blocks County Mask Mandates
2021-08-17 18:14:05
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling on Sunday voiding temporary restraining orders issued by separate District Court judges that impeded Gov. Greg Abbott’s edict prohibiting local officials from requiring masks to be worn indoors. Local... Read More

Education
Education Secretary Warns Politicizing Masks Could Disrupt Student’s Return to Class
2021-08-06 20:38:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Education Secretary Miguel Cardono warned Thursday, Americans should not allow adult politics -- particularly the politicizing of the wearing of face masks -- to prevent students from returning to school safely and without future disruptions.  “You know what I’m... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Calls Second Special Session With Expanded Agenda
2021-08-06 14:39:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday he would convene another special legislative session beginning on Saturday, Aug. 7. Attached to the announcement was a full list of prioritized agenda items for the session. Although much of the... Read More

In The States
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops
2021-08-04 20:00:35
by Reece Nations

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday impeding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order directing state troopers to detain drivers suspected of transporting migrants due to COVID-19 concerns. Abbott issued the order last week, allowing... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests
2021-07-29 14:49:12
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- In accordance with plans first announced in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the state National Guard to aid Department of Public Safety troopers with apprehending individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.... Read More

In The States
ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
2021-07-14 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Texas to block “radical” new abortion restrictions currently set to take effect on Sept. 1. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Texas abortion providers -- led by... Read More

Political News
Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
2021-07-13 19:45:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage of Republican-backed voting legislation. At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state on... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
2021-07-08 22:51:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott now faces a pair of serious primary challengers in the form of former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines. In his 25 years in statewide politics,... Read More

In The States
Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
2021-07-06 19:12:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July 8, but the full list of agenda items will be set solely at Abbott’s discretion. The two big-ticket items expected... Read More

In The States
Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Abortions as Early as Six Weeks
2021-05-19 20:50:28
by Alexa Hornbeck

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Wednesday a bill that not only bans abortions in the state before many women know they are pregnant, but, in a unique twist, gives private citizens the right to... Read More

In The States
Legality of Vaccine Passports Mired in Mix of Interpretations
2021-04-07 21:38:49
by Tom Ramstack

An executive order on Tuesday from Texas' governor that prohibits state agencies from using tax money for vaccine passports is kicking up a dispute over the breadth of public health laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines and other private companies... Read More

In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
2021-02-23 22:01:53
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding... Read More

State News
McMaster Latest Governor to Allow 'To-Go' Liquor Sales
2020-03-23 17:10:26
by Dan McCue

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Saturday directed the state's Department of Revenue to waive regulations and allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or to-go orders. The move came just days after McMaster... Read More

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