Court: Texas House map intentionally diluted minority votes

00 After ruling that Texas lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minorities in drawing the state’s congressional map, a three-judge panel has also found fault with the state’s House map.    …

Senate committee advances proposal to gut the Top 10 Percent Rule

00 A proposal to substantially weaken the Top 10 Percent Rule took an important step forward Wednesday.  Source: Texas Tribune Blue Government News

Texas bill requiring burial of fetal remains passes out of House committee

00 Texas hospitals and abortion clinics would have to bury or cremate fetal remains under a measure that passed out of a House committee on Tuesday.    Source: Texas Tribune Blue Government…

Texas Gov. Abbott signals support for "bathroom bill" from Texas House

00 Gov. Greg Abbott is signaling support for House legislation that some hope will serve as an alternative to the Senate’s so-called “bathroom bill.” In a statement Tuesday, Abbott called House…

[FISCAL NOTES — LINE ITEMS] Texas Toasts, A Roundup of Bright Economic News in Texas

00     Accentuate the Positive with Texas Toasts         We at Fiscal Notes are always excited to spotlight positive news and developments in the Texas economy —…

PRESS RELEASE: Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Recognizes McKinney for Milestone Transparency Achievement

00 Contact:Lauren WillisChris BryanEmail Us 512-463-4070Comptroller.Texas.Gov 1-800-531-5441ext. 3-4070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2017 Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Recognizes McKinney for Milestone Transparency Achievement (AUSTIN) — The city of McKinney…

[FROM THE DESK OF GLENN HEGAR] A Better Way to Use the State's Rainy Day Fund

00    Most Texans know about our state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) — the famous “rainy day fund,” the largest of its kind in the U.S., with a current balance…

Outlook uncertain for bill to raise age of criminal responsibility

00 Democratic state Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, head of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, says a bill that would raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in Texas from…

House committee advances scaled-down "sanctuary cities" bill

00 The latest version of the Texas Legislature’s bill to outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Texas is a scaled-down version of what the state Senate passed out in February. Republicans are expected…

Austin group aims to reframe debates around city's growth, development

00 Evolve Austin, a nonprofit that advocates for denser development and more affordable housing, is aligning itself with some high-profile real estate and business groups. But some neighborhood leaders are skeptical of…