Beth Cortez-Neavel

Texas Legislature

Hot List: Day 122 of the Legislature

The Lead: There are so many ways to kill a bill in the Texas Legislature, and many bills will meet their demise today: It’s deadline for the House chamber to pass House bills on second reading. Monday was the last … Read More

Texas Legislature

In Gun Debate, Texas House Goes Off Half-Cocked

House Tentatively Passes 14 of 15 Gun Bills on Voice Votes

In the wake of Sandy Hook and other gun tragedies, many state legislatures are passing stricter gun regulations. But not in Texas. The Texas House took a step in the other direction Saturday afternoon, tentatively passing all but one of … Read More

Texas Legislature

Hot List: Day 117 of the Texas Legislature

The Lead: Lawmakers are giving up their Saturday—the first chamber weekend workday of the session—to debate a slew of controversial gun bills. The gun day fun day festivities include legislation that would decrease the classroom hours required to get a … Read More

Texas Legislature

Hot List: Day 113 of the Legislature

The Lead: You know the session has gotten serious when the first major bill dies in the House on a point of order. That’s what happened yesterday, when a major water bill that would have directed $2 billion from the … Read More


House Hears Bill Limiting UT Regents’ Power

Sen. Kel Seliger's bill that could cut through the University of Texas System regents' current power struggle with the Legislature was heard by the House Higher Education Committee early Wednesday morning. Read More

Texas Politics

Hot List: Day 107 of the Legislature

The Lead: Two years after leaving the state’s rainy day fund untouched, despite a $27 billion deficit, the Senate voted yesterday to finally use the fund to restore money to public education, after cutting more than $5 billion last session. … Read More