State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, registers a no vote on an amendment to his ethics bill SB19 on May 26, 2015.
State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, registers a no vote on an amendment to his ethics bill SB19 on May 26, 2015.

House Passes Ethics Bill, Senate Showdown Likely

After a passionate and sometimes raunchy debate, the Texas House tentatively approved a far-reaching ethics reform package that would shine light on so-called “dark money” while heavily restricting undercover recordings of politicians in the state Capitol or their district offices.

 
Residents of Wimberley survey the devastation after the Blanco River crested its banks along River Road in Wimberley on May 25, 2015.
Residents of Wimberley survey the devastation after the Blanco River crested its banks along River Road in Wimberley on May 25, 2015.

Before Central Texas Flooding, Officials Sounded Alarm

When Wimberley residents woke up Sunday to flooding, the surprise was palpable: The area had been going through a drought. But months earlier, local officials had voiced concerns about the rapidly growing region's vulnerability to flooding.

 

Before Central Texas Flooding, Officials Sounded Alarm

Residents of Wimberley survey the devastation after the Blanco River crested its banks along River Road in Wimberley on May 25, 2015.
Residents of Wimberley survey the devastation after the Blanco River crested its banks along River Road in Wimberley on May 25, 2015.

When Wimberley residents woke up Sunday to flooding, the surprise was palpable: The area had been going through a drought. But months earlier, local officials had voiced concerns about the rapidly growing region's vulnerability to flooding.

 

 

House Republicans Fail to Move Up Bills

Chairman State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, sponsor of HB 910 open carry legislation, just before final passage of the bill April 17, 2015 by a 96-35 House vote.
Chairman State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, sponsor of HB 910 open carry legislation, just before final passage of the bill April 17, 2015 by a 96-35 House vote.

House Democrats narrowly avoided a Republican-led effort on Tuesday to rearrange the chamber's calendar to make sure controversial measures got a vote before a midnight deadline. 

 

New in Trib+Health: A New Role for Paramedics

In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Paramedics gain new role in diverting non-emergency care from the ER, the Mental Health Channel airs Texas-centered episodes and an interview with Christian R. Abee of the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine.

The Brief: May 26, 2015

Empty Texas House seat with paperwork, May 1, 2015.
Empty Texas House seat with paperwork, May 1, 2015.

The House faces a major deadline today; it's the last day to take up contested Senate bills and, as such, the session promises to last until the clock strikes midnight. It doesn't help that a major backlog of controversial legislation awaits House members.