Tribpedia: Texas House of Representatives

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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 ...

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Updated: Straus Offers Details on Transparency Panel

House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the ceremonial first session of the Texas House 83rd Session on January 8, 2013
House Speaker Joe Straus gavels out the ceremonial first session of the Texas House 83rd Session on January 8, 2013

Updated: House Speaker Joe Straus says a new Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations will delve into the finances, compensation packages and public-private partnerships across state government — including the judicial branch and boards and commissions. 

 

In his Jan. 29, 2103, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.
In his Jan. 29, 2103, State of the State speech, Gov. Rick Perry avoided hot-topic issues like abortion, immigration and gun control and focused instead on infrastructure, budget reform and education.

Perry Talks Water, Tax Relief in State of the State

In his seventh State of the State address, Gov. Rick Perry ignored controversial issues and urged state lawmakers to do the nitty gritty work of government: fund water projects, build more roads and improve education.

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers a personal privilege speech at the end of the House session on June 29, 2011.
State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers a personal privilege speech at the end of the House session on June 29, 2011.

Speaker Race: Simpson Praying, Hughes Staying

Texas Weekly

House Speaker Joe Straus has the votes to win reelection, according to his loyalists. But he's got a declared opponent and another in the wings, and they've got a month to work with.

State Rep. Bobby Guerra
State Rep. Bobby Guerra

Bobby Guerra: The TT Interview

The new state representative for the Rio Grande Valley's House District 41 on his unusual path to office, what he hopes to accomplish before his re-election bid in November and how he's approaching the general election.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 36,000 Texans were homeless at any given time last year.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 36,000 Texans were homeless at any given time last year.

Providers Seek More State Funds for Homeless Services

Leaders of homeless service programs on Monday addressed a joint hearing of a House appropriations subcommittee and the Urban Affairs Committee, saying any funding cuts would hinder their ability to provide services.