is a reporting fellow at the Texas Tribune and a recent graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She was previously a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied Legal Studies and Media Studies.
A fast-moving Senate gave approval to critical “sunset legislation” after midnight Thursday, using two bills to extend the life of five state agencies held political hostage at the end of the regular legislative session.
A lawyer with a lengthy military background has been tapped to clean up the embattled Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which has been dogged by controversies and high-level departures in recent months.
Within hours of Gov. Greg Abbott issuing his proclamation announcing next week's special session, lawmakers had filed dozens of bills including two so-called bathroom bills from state Rep. Ron Simmons, a Carrollton Republican.