Early Delivery, week of May 29 - June 4, 2017
Legislative session to finish as nation observes Memorial Day
AUSTIN — State lawmakers worked through rapidly shrinking lists of bills as daily procedural deadlines took effect in the final days of the 140-day, 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature.
Week of May 22-28, 2017
State budget bill moves forward as conference committee agrees
AUSTIN — Texas Senate and House budget conferees met frequently last week and on May 20 managed to reach compromise on a $218 billion state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.
Sigma Delta Chi awards announced
The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the recipients of the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. Two Texas newspapers are among the honorees.
Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2016.
Week of May 15-21, 2017
Legislature grinds toward May 29 close with much still to accomplish
AUSTIN — With a mere two weeks remaining until the end of the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers have not yet finalized a state budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
‘Winnin’ time’ in Austin…but only if TPA members help
During the height of his basketball career, Magic Johnson called the last two minutes of a game “winnin’ time.” He meant that most games are decided in the last 120 seconds of an NBA game, so any team worth its salt — any “winnin’ team” — plays those last two minutes with special intensity.
Analysis by Donnis Bagett, TPA Executive Vice President
Week of May 8-14, 2017
House joins Senate in passing constitutional convention measure
AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on May 4 approved Senate Joint Resolution 2, a measure calling for a convention of the states, as contemplated and enabled by Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Week of May 1-7, 2017
GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House
AUSTIN — During his “State of the State” address on Jan. 31, Governor Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities” to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: “Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey.”
Week of April 24-30, 2017
House passes legislation to reform school finance law
AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called “Robin Hood” process.
Week of April 17-23, 2017
Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory
AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the State of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.
Free sales webinar April 21
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TPA members may attend THE Revenue Conference at lower rate
Texas Press Association is co-sponsoring a revenue conference with the Inland Press Association and The Blinder Group, enabling TPA members to attend the April 26-27 event in Austin at a lower rate.
Week of April 10-16, 2017
Next step: House, Senate must work toward agreement on state budget
AUSTIN — After more than 15 hours of floor debate, the Texas House of Representatives on April 7 approved a balanced, $218 billion, state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.
As legislative clock ticks, Texas newspaper issues are very much in limbo
More than half the 2017 legislative session is in the rear-view mirror, and things are getting tense in Austin. Money is short and tempers are getting shorter…even between members of the same party.
Week of April 3-9, 2017
Governor welcomes Justice Department’s sanctuary cities announcement
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and enforcement directives.
News Media Alliance Launches Campaign to Support Real News
The News Media Alliance today announced the launch of a national campaign focused on combatting the increasing prevalence of fake news. The campaign, Support Real News, shines a light on the harm to the public caused by fake news and the importance of real news produced by respected, trusted news organizations employing high-quality, investigative journalists.