Tribpedia: 82nd Legislative Session

Every legislative session has a big issue or two, but lawmakers who came to Austin for the 82nd regular session starting in January 2011 faced several difficult problems: A state budget shortfall of $15 billion to $27 billion, more than two dozen state agency overhauls, legislative and congressional redistricting, and a list of divisive matters ranging from immigration to abortion ...

For Lawmakers, Ethics Reform is Complicated

It's easier, it seems, for lawmakers to regulate others than to regulate themselves. Ethics and transparency legislation has had a bumpy ride in the current legislative session. Lawmakers turned away proposals to tighten their personal financial disclosures — stricter federal standards were suggested by some as a good model — and to put those reports online where voters can see them.

 

In Brownsville, offensive linemen for Pace High School's football team hit a sled during a Sept. 11 practice.
In Brownsville, offensive linemen for Pace High School's football team hit a sled during a Sept. 11 practice.

Law to Protect Student Athletes With Concussions in Place

Natasha's Law, which requires training for public school coaches and athletic trainers on how to react when players sustain concussions, has drawn praise from doctors and legislators, who say athletes' health will benefit.

David Barton, left, of WallBuilders talks with a delegate as he poses for photos at a Texas Eagle Forum reception at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2012.
David Barton, left, of WallBuilders talks with a delegate as he poses for photos at a Texas Eagle Forum reception at the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2012.

Defamation Suit Tests Texas' Anti-SLAPP Statute

A defamation lawsuit filed by WallBuilders founder David Barton has become an early test of new tort reform legislation intended to protect free speech.