hot list: day 137

Day 137 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

“Men, if you don’t stand up for us today, you don’t walk in this chamber tomorrow.”
Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, in response to a sexist flier that circulated in the House yesterday.

The Woman’s Health Program, which was set to expire this year, has received new life. In their crusade against Planned Parenthood, anti-abortion activists had sparked a controversy that nearly killed the program. Two bills to renew it had failed to pass, and the program appeared finished. But as Alexa Garcia-Ditta reports, a provision in the final budget plan released yesterday will reauthorize the program in its current form. 

Senate and House members of the budget conference committee approved a final two-year spending plan yesterday that cuts 8.1 percent from government spending, including $4 billion from schools. It underfunds Medicaid by $4.8 billion. The Houston Chronicle‘s Peggy Fikac gives the run down on the new plan: what areas are going to be hit the hardest and what lawmakers are saying about it.  

Today Gov. Rick Perry will sign another of his emergency items into law: voter ID. And while the budget conference committee has finished its work, lawmakers must still finalize a new school-finance plan to avoid a special session.

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