was a 2017 newsletters fellow at The Texas Tribune. Previously, he covered the Connecticut state house for the Hartford Courant and wrote a vaguely amusing travel guide for Let’s Go student travel guides. A Massachusetts native, he graduated from Harvard, where he studied history and literature and was the managing editor of The Crimson.
Senate Bill 15 would pre-empt local ordinances on mobile phone usage, effectively rolling back provisions in more than 40 Texas cities that currently post hands-free ordinances stricter than the statewide texting ban. Full Story
With the beginning of the special legislative session, opponents of construction permitting rules in Austin that require more worker protections in exchange for a faster process have the chance to overturn local regulations like Austin's. Full Story
As state lawmakers and city officials gear up to battle over land-use legislation, a liberal watchdog group says $34 million in campaign donations from real estate and construction industries "paved the way" for this month's special session agenda. Full Story