News For Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Session's Debut Full of Ceremony, Talk of Priorities

The senators of the 83rd legislative session were sworn in Jan. 8, 2013, the first day of the session.
The senators of the 83rd legislative session were sworn in Jan. 8, 2013, the first day of the session.

Texas legislators started their 83rd session with leaders who want to focus on water, infrastructure, budget transparency, education — and, perhaps, some tax relief.

UT-Austin Names Center for Former Gov. Bill Clements

Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements is shown during a speech at the Texas Capitol in 1987. He served as governor from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1987 to 1991. He passed away in 2011.
Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements is shown during a speech at the Texas Capitol in 1987. He served as governor from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1987 to 1991. He passed away in 2011.

The University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday is announcing its new William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft, named for the former governor of Texas.

Dewhurst, Straus, Perry See Opportunity for Tax Relief

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.

In a joint appearance Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus seemed to agree that taxes would go down. Meanwhile, none would commit to restoring education cuts from last session.

Senate Preserves Two-Thirds Rule

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst swears in Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as president pro tempore of the Texas Senate on Jan. 8, 2013, the first day of the 83rd legislative session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst swears in Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as president pro tempore of the Texas Senate on Jan. 8, 2013, the first day of the 83rd legislative session.

Senators approved a new set of rules for the session on Wednesday that will allow a third of the Senate to continue to have the power to keep bills from coming up for a vote. 

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 9, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media about his legislative proirities as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) and House Speaker Joe Straus (r) listen on January 9, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media about his legislative proirities as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) and House Speaker Joe Straus (r) listen on January 9, 2013.

Your evening reading: state leaders talk up tax relief; Senate keeps two-thirds rule; Mostyns donating $1 million to Giffords gun-control group