2017 Texas Legislature

The 85th Texas Legislative Session started January 10, 2017 and runs until May 29, 2017. It is a bicameral body composed of a 31-member Senate and a 150-member House of Representatives. Learn about the latest developments in the 2017 Texas Legislative Session here.

The first collapse of the so-called "bathroom bill" in May laid bare an escalating feud in Texas between ascendant social conservatives and moderate Republicans, and the mutual distrust only seemed to deepen over summer....
 The biggest problem is the Texas proposal is completely unnecessary. Why, you may ask? Because what Kolkhorst’s bill claims to prevent is already illegal.
Welcome to the Second Edition of this Special Session's Capitol Report.
On Sept. 1, new laws go into effect in Texas, ranging from a texting-while-driving ban to the open carry of swords.
The Texas Medical Association (TMA), representing more than 50,000 physicians and medical students, today launched the “Texas Health Care Doomsday Calendar Countdown” awareness campaign to let the public know about the dire...
Business and non-profit leaders from Houston and San Antonio signed letters this week opposing legislation restricting bathrooms access to transgender individuals and preempting any similar municipal ordinances.
AUSTIN, TEXAS --Texas police chiefs, sheriffs, public safety experts, sexual assault survivors, sexual assault experts and public school superintendents gathered on the South Steps of the Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to...
The focus on which bathrooms people can use is distracting people from a "disingenuous" effort to lower property taxes and and a school choice bill that would "cripple funding" for rural public school districts, he said....
We’re great for talking points about being the heart and soul of Texas but when we stand up to say that our businesses are in jeopardy, those same folks don’t seem to listen.
“This legislation threatens our ability to attract and retain the best talent in Texas, as well as the greatest sporting and cultural attractions in the world,” the CEOs wrote.
The House and Senate have been struggling to reach a deal on a proposed law aimed at blocking cities from going too far in stopping homeowners from cutting down trees on their own property. Abbott has made tree cutting...
"A lot of people felt that the bill itself, on its face, is not necessary," he said. "It's a solution looking for a problem."
"No industry will remain untouched by the unnecessary harm that discriminatory laws will do to our competitiveness, to our ability to attract talent, and to our employees and their families," the CEOs wrote.
With time running short in a special session of the Texas Legislature, a couple of bills aimed at expediting construction permits in cities seem to be languishing along with other controversial proposals.
 The Texas House on Friday tentatively approved 130-12 a bill that would pump $1.8 billion into the public school system.
The purpose of the surveys was to test general voter sentiments on a range of issues, including views on the so-called ‘Bathroom Bill’ legislation.
Throughout his ascendancy at the Texas Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has proven time and again the ability to adapt to the political environment. Unlike many in the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party from which he...
Please don't be distracted by the current "bathroom" debate in Austin. The more serious battle brewing in the Texas legislature's special session is between rural and urban Texas.
In line with concerns that tourism officials have raised about the bathroom bill’s effect on the convention business, Curry and Jennings wrote that the bathroom bill could also keep the national church from holding its 2018...
A political tug-of-war is about to break out at the Texas Capitol as Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session kicks off Tuesday.

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