State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, argues that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a handgun without restriction. But the state can reasonably restrict even constitutional rights for the public good.
The Chapter 313 program is intended to attract investors by providing abatements to offset some of the property taxes that companies pay to school districts. But 85 to 95 percent of companies that received the credit would have relocated to Texas regardless of whether the program existed.
Sen. Jane Nelson’s Finance Committee decided it’s OK if budget writers two years from now start out $2.5 billion in the hole. But how smart is that, especially when there are at least two other ways to come up with the same dollars?
Senate Bill 3, introduced by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would expand education choice by making all public school students eligible for an education savings account. It deserves the support of Texas lawmakers.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center says one out of five college women is sexually assaulted, and more than 90 percent of those assaults are never reported. Some Texas lawmakers are championing bills this session to make the complicated and stressful reporting of sexual violence easier and safer for the victim.
After seven long years of Obamacare opposition, Republicans in Congress couldn’t agree on what to repeal and what to substitute. Seriously? It was a devastating opening defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in Congress.
The former mouthy Houston TV anchor, an expert at stunts and self-promotion, is now one of Texas’ two most powerful political leaders. Experts say his populist message will click with Republican primary voters, regardless whether the Texas Legislature passes a bill regulating transgender bathroom use.
During a question-and-answer session at a conservative forum in Corpus Christi, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should quit messing around with today’s issue-by-issue, law-by-law approach and just pass a bill that says the state will overrule local officials whenever it wants.
There seems to be a disturbing trend of when teenagers or young adults achieve something phenomenal and progressive, like an openly gay student body president or an inclusive prayer room, then a public official finds ways to tear it down.
A particularly troublesome bill sponsored by Houston-area Republican state Sen. Paul Bettencourt is headed for a committee hearing and probably on to the full Texas Senate. It should be defeated to preserve the ability of Texans to control their communities.
When making the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, family members deserve to know that the facility is adequately regulated to ensure their loved one is safe and in good custody. In Texas today, those assurances don’t exist.
Cheers: To the four TCU basketball seniors, Brandon Parrish, Karviar Shepherd, Chris Washburn and Michael Williams. They are a fantastic example to us all that perseverance, hard work and selflessness will ultimately be rewarded.