Latest Texas State Legislature News

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Texas lawmaker ends campaign over ‘Asian’ candidate remarks

Dec. 3, 2019 7:37 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A white Texas Republican lawmaker who suggested his political rivals on the ballot were motivated to run against him because they’re Asian dropped his reelection bid Tuesday following a backlash that included losing the endorsement of the state’s GOP governor. State Rep....

Texas state lawmaker admits cocaine at airport was his

Nov. 14, 2019 2:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prominent Texas state lawmaker admitted Thursday that he dropped an envelope containing several baggies of cocaine at an Austin airport, and he said he would be seeking drug treatment. The state police said airport security cameras caught Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez dropping...

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...

Texas officials testify to lawmakers about mass violence

Oct. 30, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State officials and experts testified Wednesday before a Texas legislative committee evaluating issues related to mass violence in the wake of two August shootings that left nearly 30 people dead in the state. The Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety...

Texas GOP House speaker won't face criminal prosecution

Oct. 24, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A district attorney says Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen won't face criminal charges for offering House media credentials in exchange for campaign help. Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne released a statement Thursday calling Bonnen's actions and statements "repugnant" but...

Texas GOP speaker drops re-election bid after secret tape

Oct. 22, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' embattled GOP House speaker announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election after a growing number of Republicans called for his resignation following the release of a secretly recorded conversation in which he sought help to oust members of his own caucus in 2020 and used foul...

Ex-Rep. Sessions subpoenaed in Giuliani grand jury probe

Oct. 15, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury has subpoenaed former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions for information about his interactions with Rudy Giuliani and several associates who were indicted last week. The former lawmaker from Texas is cooperating with investigators and will turn over documents in the...

Texas GOP speaker tape: Lawmaker 'vile,' Trump 'killing us'

Oct. 15, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' GOP House speaker sought help ousting members of his own party in 2020, called a female lawmaker "vile" and said President Donald Trump is "killing us" in pivotal races in a secretly recorded meeting with a conservative activist released Tuesday. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen also...