Texas Political News

October 27, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus Announces Retirement

This morning, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced he will not seek re-election next year to the Texas House – thus giving up his role as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Despite a number of retirements […]
October 24, 2017

Interim Charges Released

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the full list of House interim charges on Monday, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released his first wave of Senate interim charges on Monday as well. The Lt. Governor is expected to release the […]
October 13, 2017

Proposed Constitutional Amendments November 2017 Ballot

Texas voters have approved 491 amendments to the state Constitution since its adoption in 1876. Seven more proposed amendments will be submitted for voter approval at the general election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Listed below are descriptions of the […]
September 22, 2017

Governor Abbott Senior Staff Changes

This week Governor Abbott announced several top-level staff changes. Abbott’s current Chief of Staff, Daniel Hodge, is entering the private sector and will be replaced by Luis Saenz. Mr. Saenz previously worked as Governor Abbott’s Appointments Director and before that […]
July 11, 2017

Governor Abbott Officially Calls Legislators Back for Special Session

The Legislature will be back in session at 10 a.m. on July 18, 2017. Today, Governor Abbott issued the special session proclamation that formally allows legislators to file legislation for consideration during the special session. Although the Governor announced 20 items on the special session […]
March 29, 2017

Outdated sales tax system thwarts Texas businesses

By Carlos Uresti, March 29, 2017 at TribTalk. With a grim Texas budget outlook this legislative session, public universities, health care providers and state highways could all see significant cuts. Already, a hiring freeze has been declared across state agencies […]
February 14, 2017

National Healthcareer Association Gains Texas Approval for Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

Texas professionals will have another certification option in growing field LEAWOOD, Kan. (February 13, 2017) – The state of Texas has approved the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT®) as a certification meeting the professional […]
February 14, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus Announces House Committee Details and Facts

House Committee Details and Facts On Thursday, House Speaker Joe Straus announced House committee assignments. The speaker said, “We want to utilize House members’ strengths and allow them to work on issues that matter to their districts. Some very good […]
September 12, 2016

Federal Regulators Take Teladoc’s Side in Medical Board Suit

Teladoc, the Dallas-based company that sued Texas over its telemedicine regulations, has a new ally in the Federal Trade Commission. In a letter sent to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court late Friday, the federal antitrust agency sided with Teladoc in […]
June 13, 2016

UnitedHealth Group Supports People Affected by Mass Shooting in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 12, 2016) —  UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are taking immediate action to support people affected by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. The company is […]
May 12, 2016

Health & Human Services Master Meetings Calendar through June 2016

All meetings are in Austin, Texas unless otherwise indicated. Information compiled from agency websites. Subcommittees may not be included in this calendar but full board and council meetings are listed. Legislative Committee hearings are included if related to health and […]
March 8, 2016

Privatizing the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau Long Overdue

A question has been raised as to whether the proposed public/private partnership for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau would affect the “transparency” of its operations. For example, Express-News editorial columnist Josh Brodesky suggested that such a partnership would lead to […]