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Texas Right to Life Releases Ratings of Legislature

Texas Right to Life Releases Ratings of Legislature

Less than two months away from the Republican primary, Texas Right to Life has released their legislative scorecard for incumbent politicians. “The Pro-Life Scorecard is the most effective way for Pro-Life Texans to evaluate if their elected officials adequately...
Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Most Tuesday mornings, the Texas Minute—our weekday email publication—includes the One-Click Survey. It’s almost always a question about policy or politics, oftentimes tinged with a bit of humor. We ask readers to not only “click” an answer, but to then reply with...
Analysis: An East Texas Shakeup?

Analysis: An East Texas Shakeup?

With U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert eyeing a bid to be the next attorney general of Texas, East Texas’ political landscape could soon be upended in 2022. An odds-on contender to replace Gohmert in Congress would be the popular state senator from Mineola, Bryan Hughes. Seen...
Abbott Priority Bail Reform Bill Dies in Texas House

Abbott Priority Bail Reform Bill Dies in Texas House

On Monday, the Texas House of Representatives gave final consideration to legislation relating to bail reform, an issue that Gov. Greg Abbott named as an emergency legislative item back in February, during the 87th regular legislative session. The issue then fell...
Asset Forfeiture Reform Fails to Go the Distance

Asset Forfeiture Reform Fails to Go the Distance

In the wake of the regular legislative session, many bills have been sent to their graves. One of those bills is House Bill 1441 by State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler), requiring the state’s burden of proof in certain asset forfeiture proceedings. Asset forfeiture is...
Constitutional Carry to Become State Law in Texas

Constitutional Carry to Become State Law in Texas

AUSTIN — Texans will soon have a greater ability to defend themselves and their families, thanks to a soon-to-be state law. On Monday, the Texas Legislature finalized House Bill 1927, or constitutional carry, to protect citizens’ Second Amendment rights to...
Next Step for Constitutional Carry in Texas

Next Step for Constitutional Carry in Texas

Both chambers of the Texas Legislature have now appointed lawmakers to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of House Bill 1927, or constitutional carry. Late Wednesday evening, State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler),...
Constitutional Carry Gets Approval in Texas Senate

Constitutional Carry Gets Approval in Texas Senate

Constitutional carry passed a major milestone on Wednesday. A legislative priority of the Republican of Texas, constitutional carry would allow citizens to exercise their right to bear arms by removing the requirement for a license to carry handguns. In a meeting that...
Parental Rights, Medical Freedom Targeted Again

Parental Rights, Medical Freedom Targeted Again

Parental and medical freedoms are being targeted again this legislative session. Texans for Vaccine Choice has sounded the alarm about some proposed legislation and how it would affect Texans if signed into law. First is House Bill 325, authored by State Rep. Donna...
Lawmaker Seeks to Reform Asset Forfeiture

Lawmaker Seeks to Reform Asset Forfeiture

Legislation filed in Texas could reform asset forfeiture, the involuntary sequestration of personal and private property.  Last Thursday, State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) introduced House Bill 1441, which relates “to the state’s burden of proof in certain...