Tribpedia: Donna Howard

The Brief: Name Change Debate on Confederate Holiday Turns Heated

Student Jacob Hale listens to testimony on HB 1242 a Donna Howard-sponsored bill that would change the name of Confederate Heroes Day on April 14, 2015.
Student Jacob Hale listens to testimony on HB 1242 a Donna Howard-sponsored bill that would change the name of Confederate Heroes Day on April 14, 2015.

Discussion in a House committee Tuesday on a proposed change to the name of a state holiday honoring soldiers who fought for the Confederacy took on an extra dose of notoriety because of the identity of the main proponent of the change.

State Rep. John Otto (right) proposes a constitutional amendment to use Rainy Day Fund money to pay off state debt during a news conference on Jan. 15, 2015. At left is state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen.
State Rep. John Otto (right) proposes a constitutional amendment to use Rainy Day Fund money to pay off state debt during a news conference on Jan. 15, 2015. At left is state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen.

$209.8 Billion Budget Plan Headed to House Floor

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday backed a $209.8 billion two-year budget that would leave $8.4 billion on the table, along with billions more in the state’s savings account. The budget will be debated and voted on by the full 150-member House next Tuesday.

Greg Abbott is shown visiting the Senate chamber on Jan. 13, 2015.
Greg Abbott is shown visiting the Senate chamber on Jan. 13, 2015.

Abbott Expected to Renew Push for Ethics Reform

Advocates for ethics reform say Gov. Greg Abbott has a rare chance to help spearhead improved lawmaker disclosures and reduce conflicts of interest in Texas. Abbott, who proposed ethics reform during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, is expected to address the issue Tuesday in his State of the State address.

Reporter Jay Root, Gov. Rick Perry's former chief of staff and top transportation appointee Deirdre Delisi, former Perry presidential campaign manager Rob Johnson, Democratic consultant Harold Cook and state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin at El Arroyo in Austin discussing Rick Perry's legacy on Nov. 18, 2014.
Reporter Jay Root, Gov. Rick Perry's former chief of staff and top transportation appointee Deirdre Delisi, former Perry presidential campaign manager Rob Johnson, Democratic consultant Harold Cook and state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin at El Arroyo in Austin discussing Rick Perry's legacy on Nov. 18, 2014.

Audio: Assessing the Perry Legacy

Two of Gov. Rick Perry's top former aides, GOP strategists Deirdre Delisi and Rob Johnson, sit down with two Democrats, consultant Harold Cook and Rep. Donna Howard of Austin, to size up Perry's legacy after 14 years as Texas governor. The discussion was moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root.

A 2013 look at at a boat dock at Lake Travis, whose water level has decreased markedly amid a historic drought. Lake Travis is part of the Central Texas' Highland Lakes.
A 2013 look at at a boat dock at Lake Travis, whose water level has decreased markedly amid a historic drought. Lake Travis is part of the Central Texas' Highland Lakes.

At "Kumbaya" Meeting, New Colorado River Plan Passes

The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a new plan on Wednesday to manage the Colorado River and its reservoirs, known as the Highland Lakes. Cities and environmental advocates were happy with the plan, but some coastal farmers expressed disappointment.

 

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 6, 2014

Your evening reading: Democrats continue criticism of proposed state regulations of health navigators; critics of new abortion law face tough questions at 5th Circuit; judge says Texas Supreme Court justice can stay on ballot