Latest Texas State Legislature News

Texas congressman joins GOP race for attorney general

Nov. 23, 2021 12:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert has joined the crowded field of Republicans mounting primary challenges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The East Texas lawmaker is the latest prominent member of his party seeking to unseat the incumbent in the...

Democrat Michelle Beckley running for lieutenant governor

Nov. 16, 2021 10:59 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Michelle Beckley, a state representative and one of the more liberal members of the Texas House, said Tuesday she is running for lieutenant governor in 2022. Her announcement comes a day after Beto O'Rourke jumped in the governor's race,...

Lawmaker switches parties as Texas GOP makes border inroads

Nov. 15, 2021 16:57 PM EST

FLORESVILLE, Texas (AP) — A longtime Democratic lawmaker from South Texas switched parties Monday, giving Republicans another boost in their aggressive attempts to make inroads with voters along the U.S.-Mexico border. State Rep. Ryan Guillen has been one of the most...

US ambassador cites "serious concerns" on Mexico energy bill

Nov. 03, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Mexico said Wednesday that his country has “serious concerns” about the Mexican government’s attempts to limit competition in the electrical power sector. Ambassador Ken Salazar said he met with Mexican officials to...

2 Ohio lawmakers introduce Texas-style abortion restriction

Nov. 02, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Republican state lawmakers in Ohio introduced Texas-style legislation Tuesday that could effectively end all abortions in the state. Reps. Jena Powell and Thomas Hall unveiled their bill in the heavily Republican Ohio House a day after the...

Texas governor adopts lawmaker's probe of books in schools

Nov. 01, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has joined a conservative Republican lawmaker’s campaign to investigate books that cover race, gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools. State Rep. Matt Krause, who chairs the House General Investigating...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Nov. 01, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

Houston Chronicle. Oct. 31, 2021. Editorial: Texas needs to watch, learn from the deadly Alec Baldwin shooting on film set Vexing questions remain about what actually happened Oct. 21 on the set of a movie being made near Santa Fe, N.M., when an...

Court tosses suit against Texas county's drive-thru voting

Oct. 25, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 2020 lawsuit to bar drive-thru voting in Houston was rejected Monday by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The lawsuit was filed ahead of last November’s presidential election by one voter and three candidates for office. The 5th U.S. Circuit...

Texas governor approves state voting maps redrawn by GOP

Oct. 25, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed redrawn voting maps that pave a safer path for the GOP’s slipping majority, leaving opponents hoping courts will block the newly gerrymandered districts before they can be used in the 2022 elections. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Oct. 25, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Oct. 20, 2021. Editorial: Do you have special session fatigue? We do Now that the third special session of the Texas Legislature is over, we can’t help but to ask this nagging question: When did Texas tilt...