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The Curious Case of Cook’s Bad Bill

Funny things can happen in the final days of the legislative session. Case in point: the effort of Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) to grant illegal immigrants the right to drive on Texas roads. Though Cook and Democrats teamed up to push the issue, the measure failed to...

TML and San Antonio vs. Burton and Taxpayers

As always seems to be the case, the Texas Municipal League, the City of San Antonio, and others are once again lobbying against a common-sense taxpayer protection measure proposed by State Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville).  If passed SB 615 would, quite simply,...

Road Bond Rhetoric

On Saturday Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly rejected the $350 million road bond presented by the county commissioners. Opposing residents warned for months leading up to the election that if the county did not listen to the residents and remove unwanted...

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Byron Cook Attacks Abbott’s Agenda

Gov. Abbott’s legislative priorities are yet again under assault by Republicans in the Texas House. The newest target? Ethics reform. Wednesday morning, State Affairs Chairman Byron Cook (R-Coriscana) fired a broadside at the measure, calling it “one of the most...

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Half of Austin Lobbyists Represent Governments

Over half of registered lobbyists in Texas are hired to defend the power of local governments, paid for with taxpayer money. It makes perfect sense then, that State Sen. Konni Burton’s (R-Colleyville) effort (SB 1862) to reform the government lobbying structure was...

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Lawmakers Reinforce State Sovereignty

With the recent technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing (i.e. ‘fracking’), additional oil and gas activities have led some cities, such as Denton, to approve bans on the activity within city limits. Such bans however, run afoul of state law, which dictates...

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False Accusations

The battle between the two chambers of the Texas Legislature escalated late last week when State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) launched yet another attack on Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The two have been publicly trading barbs over tax relief policy in a dispute that has...

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Home School Students Score in Texas Senate

Home school students may soon be able to play football and other sports alongside public school students in the Lone Star State. On Monday, the Texas Senate advanced Senate Bill 2046, the “Tim Tebow bill.”  Named after the homeschooled and Heisman winning Florida...

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