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Texas Legislature 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Updated: Doggett slams congressional redistricting proposal

Hays County would have three congressmen under a new redistricting map released today by the chairmen of the Legislature's redistricting committees.

Friday, May 27th, 2011

San Marcos split down the middle in new Senate map

Hays County Commissioners will deliberate their agendas in the county courthouse, which will be represented in the senate with a seat based in Laredo. Upon adjournment, they could walk across Hopkins Street for a drink at the...

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Wentworth blasts Straus over campus carry

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, attacked House speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, today for using what he called undue influence last night to strip an amendment from a fiscal matter's bill that would allow concealed handguns...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Wentworth surprises senate with campus carry maneuver

Sen. Jeff Wentworth surprised his colleagues and brought the Senate to a standstill today when he tried to tack his controversial campus carry bill onto another measure.

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Texas debates who owns its water

It sounds simple: Who owns the groundwater in Texas? But this issue, like others in the hot-button area of aquifer planning, is embroiled in an ongoing policy battle.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

For Republicans, the hazards of red meat

The growth of the state’s Hispanic population and the rise of immigration as a political issue put Texas Republicans in a tight spot — especially the ones with statewide aspirations.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Legislators target payday lending

Proposed legislation by Sens. Wendy Davis and Royce West would close a loophole in the state finance code, placing a cap on otherwise exorbitant interest rate charges.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Wentworth, Rodriguez debate campus carry on CNN

On today's broadcast of CNN's American Morning, state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, debated the controversial issue of concealed handguns on college campuses. Wentworth is one of the authors of SB354,...

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Small Texas brewers want to tap into bigger market

While the locally brewed beer business is booming nationally, it is lagging in Texas, where the laws governing distribution are restrictive. As a result, he said, the state is losing out on tax revenue.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

At blackout hearings, big political donors questioned

The power companies and execs at today's hearing on the rolling blackouts this month were familiar faces to the senators asking the tough questions. Over the years, they've helped bankroll the lawmakers' political campaigns.

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