Tribpedia: Texas House of Representatives

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the the Texas Legislature, the other being the Texas Senate. It is considered the "lower" chamber, with 150 members who represent districts of 150,000 people each. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the Legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering and ...

Demonstration car placed by the Brown family to raise awareness on dangers of texting while driving. March 9th, 2011
Demonstration car placed by the Brown family to raise awareness on dangers of texting while driving. March 9th, 2011

Family Says No Text Message Is Worth a Life

At the Capitol today, the family of a young girl who died in a car accident caused by texting and driving urged lawmakers to ban the practice.

Numbers Tell Tale of Who's Vulnerable in Redistricting

You don't need a new map to find the political trouble spots in Texas. The lists of who's in trouble in redistricting are starting to take shape. Some signs that you're in less-than-perfect shape for political redistricting are your seniority, your party, your race, the growth in your area of the state, the growth elsewhere and, very importantly, your neighbors.

Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) answers an education question at TribLive on February 3, 2011
Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) answers an education question at TribLive on February 3, 2011

A Conversation with Rob Eissler

For our latest TribLive conversation, I sat down with the chairman of the House Public Education Committee to talk about the coming cuts to public ed: how big they're likely to be, the prospect of tens of thousands of teacher and non-instructional-staff layoffs, whether new revenue sources are on the table and more.

State Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, speaks with Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith at TribLive on Feb. 3, 2011.
State Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, speaks with Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith at TribLive on Feb. 3, 2011.

A Conversation with Rob Eissler

For our latest TribLive conversation, I sat down with the chairman of the House Public Education Committee to talk about the coming cuts to public ed: how big they're likely to be, the prospect of tens of thousands of teacher and non-instructional-staff layoffs and whether new revenue sources are on the table.

Texplainer: What is Chubbing?

If there's one thing that politicians are good at, it's talking. And chubbing is a kind of talking that's used to stall legislation in the Texas House. While state representatives do have the power to talk something to death, this session it will be harder to do than in the past.

Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48
Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48

Election Contest in HD-48 Begins

A Texas House investigation to determine the winner of the House District 48 race has begun.  Testimony is expected to last at least a couple of days.  Only 12 votes separate the election winner, Austin Democrat Donna Howard and her Republican challenger Dan Neil.  But Neil says the certified vote totals include illegal ballots while excluding several overseas votes.  That makes the goal for Neil very simple: show a gain of 12 votes.  Reporting for KUT News and the Texas Tribune Ben Philpott has more on Day One.

Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48
Dan Neil at table with attorneys during a public hearing for the election contest of House D-48

Testimony Under Way in HD-48 Fight [Updated]

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More than a dozen witnesses took the stand today to testify about where they lived and how they voted in the House District 48 contest in the November 2010 election.