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Texas House passes pot bill; GOP Senate leader looks to block

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, gives his State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, listens in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Texas' tough stance on marijuana as the drug becomes increasingly legal elsewhere in the U.S. has grounded a bipartisan push in the state to decriminalize minor offenses — a change the Texas GOP platform has come around to endorsing, but not Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Virginia Grant, Culture Editor

May 1, 2019

After 45 years decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana took a huge step forward when the Texas House of Representatives voted its approval of House Bill 63 by Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody (D-78).  The measure as passed stops short of legalization and instead reduces the penalty for possession of...

House Bill 2223

House Bill 2223

Ana Ramirez, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017

For too long, developmental education has been a well-intentioned, but failed investment

Students lobby at capitol

Board of Trustees Chair Eva Loredo, and trustees Adriana Tamez, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, Robert Glaser and John Hansen pose with HCC staff and students on the steps of the Texas State Capitol on Community College Day on Feb 7.

Alyssa Foley, News Editor

February 22, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas – Students joined Houston Community College trustees in lobbying for the college at the Texas State Capitol. Fourteen HCC students traveled to Austin for Community College Day on Tuesday, Feb 7 when students from community colleges across the state swarmed the capitol grounds....

Are picking Bluebonnets legal?

Are picking Bluebonnets legal?

Emmanuel Akinola, Staff Writer

April 14, 2016

For years now, Texans have told tourists and each other that “It’s illegal to pick bluebonnets!” With the state flower blossoming across Texas, it’s time to re-examine that. That belief itself is completely false; it’s an urban legend. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there’s no...

GOP sinking ship

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, reacts as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,rebukes a comment made by Trump during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami,  Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla.

Marialuisa Rincon, Staff Writer

April 3, 2016

I truly believe this presidential election has the potential to implode the Grand Old Party. House Speaker Paul Ryan got it right in a rousing speech to the House interns and members of the media earlier this week, when he bemoaned the state of the party and of American politics in general. “All ...

Are you armed?

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Thomas Hopkins, Staff Writer

February 27, 2016

There’s been much ado and confusion regarding the new law legalizing the open carrying of handguns, and the new law legalizing the concealed carry of guns on college campuses. Unless someone is breaking the law, you will never see someone other than a law enforcement officer openly carrying a firearm...

Texas is #1 in uninsured

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has stated that he is unwilling to consider the expansion of Medicaid. Photo from Jan. 8.
(Jay Janner /Austin American-Statesman via AP /

Alyssa Foley, Editor in Chief

January 27, 2016

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the number of uninsured. We like to think we are number one in everything. Texas is the number one state in the country in the number of uninsured individuals. Thanks to the Republican State Legislature failing to expand Medicaid for two legislative sessions...

Panel talks local control, pensions

The Texas Tribune hosted the ‘Houston & The Legislature: What’s Next?’ panel discussion on Tuesday at the George R. Brown convention center. Left is Moderator Evan Smith, CEO & Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune. Center is Republican State Senator Paul Bettencourt. Right is  Democratic State Senator Sylvia Garcia.

Alyssa Foley, Editor in Chief

December 19, 2015

The Texas Tribune hosted a panel discussion with State Senators Paul Bettencourt and Sylvia Garcia on Tuesday. The ‘Houston & The Legislature: What’s Next?’ event was hosted at the George R. Brown convention center downtown. The CEO and Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune Evan Smith modera...

‘Campus carry’ not the problem

'Campus carry' not the problem

Thomas Hopkins, Staff Writer

May 21, 2015

On every campus across the state of Texas there are professors, administrators and students who have been watching the status of House Bill 937, or the “campus carry” bill. For some, it means the ability to legally and efficiently defend their person at a place they spend a great deal of their time.

Legal duo says Cruz eligible to seek presidency

Legal duo says Cruz eligible to seek presidency

Philip Elliot, Associated Press

March 13, 2015

HUDSON, N.H. — Canadian-born Ted Cruz is getting some bipartisan help to shut down a potential "birther" problem before his expected presidential campaign. Two lawyers who have represented presidents from both parties at the Supreme Court say they think the Republican senator from Texas is legally...

White House race revs up

This combo of 2015 file photos, from top left clockwise, shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, bottom right. Texas doesn’t open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America’s largest conservative state. Texas’ plan to hold its 2016 primary on March 1 means that only the traditional two early voting states, along with South Carolina and Nevada, would predate it.

Will Weissert, The Associated Press

February 26, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas doesn't open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America's largest conservative state. Much earlier than usual, potential candidates, operatives and donors are maneuvering for advantage...

Going Green?

In this Jan. 13 photo, young plants stand under grow lamps at the Pioneer Production and Processing marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Wash. Texas is set to join other states in discussing decriminalization during its current legislative session. State Rep. Joseph

Alyssa Foley, Editor In Chief

January 30, 2015

On Dec. 15, State Rep. Joseph “Joe” Moody, D-El Paso filed House Bill 507 which, if passed, would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Texas. The bill would make possession of an ounce or less a civil—not a criminal—offense with a penalty of no more than $100. Offenders would be brought to court by a citation rather than by arrest, and they would not receive a criminal record. The bill’s author, Rep. Moody noted that, “It’s not going to legalize anything. It changes the way we sanction for small amounts of Marijuana.”

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