No House Quorum as Second Special Session Convenes

The Second Called Session of the Texas Legislature convened today (Saturday) at noon. A quorum could not be established in the House, as 55 Democratic members remained absent, many of them still out of state, and around 10 Republican members were absent, many of whom...

House Democrats Break Quorum Over Election Bills

More than 50 House Democrats left the state today (Monday) for Washington, D.C., with the intent to break quorum to prevent passage of Republican-backed election legislation. Unlike their quorum break near the end of the regular session, this action may compel them to...

Election Bills Set for Hearings and Other News for July 9

The First Called Session of the 87th Legislature convened yesterday (Thursday). Both chambers’ election bills will be heard in their respective committees tomorrow. The Senate State Affairs Committee will consider Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the...

Parker Announces Bid to Succeed Nelson

SD12 open: Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) announced he would seek to succeed the retiring Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) is considering the race. HD65: Lewisville landscaping business owner and 2020 Republican nominee Kronda...

Abbott Says Special Session Will Begin July 8

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced he would convene a special legislative session on July 8. The two-sentence announcement indicated that specific agenda items would be announced before the session begins. A formal proclamation is needed to call the session, and it must...

Abbott: Two Special Sessions Coming

As “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks used to say, “Let’s play two.” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he would call a special session this summer to address priority issues that did not pass during the regular session, including Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Bryan...

Election News for August 15

Special Session: The First Called Session of the Texas Legislature has adjourned sine die. Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill increasing penalties for committing mail-ballot fraud. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) also repeals a bill,...

Election News for August 10

GOV: Austin musician Thor Harris announced on Twitter that he would challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R) but did not indicate a political affiliation. House Speaker: Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), chair of the House Republican Caucus, has called a meeting of the caucus...

Election News for August 9

Special Session: The House, by a 90-37 vote, gave preliminary approval to a bill intended to reduce mail-in ballot fraud. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) would increase penalties for voter fraud committed via mail-in ballots, particularly...

Election News for August 7

Redistricting: Parties in the ongoing lawsuit over the state’s congressional and house districts were advised to keep September 5-8 open for a potential remedial hearing. The court also asked attorneys representing the state to provide their availability later in the...