AUSTIN, Texas – The Mexican American Legislative Caucus held a press conference with business leaders at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to discuss the negative economic consequences Senate Bill 4 would have on the Texas economy. Business leaders at the...
AUSTIN, RGV – State Sen. José Rodríguez has filed a resolution for the special session aimed at making the State of Texas pay its fair share of public education funding. Border lawmakers are becoming increasingly annoyed that the State is...
McALLEN, RGV - On the eve of a special legislative session in Austin, a McAllen lawmaker and a local Tea Party leader have offered widely different opinions on the value of having state Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker of...
McALLEN, RGV - Slamming legislation that he called “Driving While Mexican,” state Rep. Terry Canales invoked the memory of his great grandfather’s brother and the battle he waged as a state legislator to stop atrocities committed by the Texas...
On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature will convene again. While we adjourned “sine die” on May 31st, the Senate refused to pass a bill that reauthorizes certain essential state agencies, including one that licenses doctors. This "sunset" bill was held back in...
MCALLEN, RGV - State Sen. Juan Hinojosa has likened the State Legislature’s pressure on local government to that exerted by Vladimir Putin over the people of Russia. In a speech at a legislative report card luncheon hosted by the RGV...
On January 31st, Governor Abbott gave an impassioned speech from the dais of the Texas House floor. He laid out his priorities for the 85th Legislative Session, which included funding for pre-kindergarten programs, improving the child welfare system, cracking down...
MCALLEN, RGV - A former state senator from San Antonio says she has never seen the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation as united as it was during the recent legislative session. Leticia Van de Putte says that was not always...
With 140 days behind us, I reflect on a difficult 85th Legislative Session that ended with tension and conflict. Legislation targeting immigration status, women, undocumented students, same sex couples, and even local government control, was prevalent. While many pieces of legislation...
AUSTIN, Texas - State Rep. Ryan Guillen, a Democrat from Rio Grande City, has explained why he voted against Senate Bill 1, the $217 billion state budget for 2018-2019. Guillen, a Democrat from Rio Grande City who has spent 14...

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