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Texas House Appropriations Chairman John Otto, R-Dayton, looks at his computer while state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, stands nearby on June 1, 2015.
Texas House Appropriations Chairman John Otto, R-Dayton, looks at his computer while state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, stands nearby on June 1, 2015.

Analysis: Legislature Losing Some Key Players

It will be more than a year before we know everyone who is and is not coming back to the Texas Legislature, but the trickle has started, and some big players are leaving the field. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signs bills on last day of 84th Legislative session June 1, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signs bills on last day of 84th Legislative session June 1, 2015

The Brief: June 2, 2015

Sine die has now come and gone. But with lawmakers now free to return to their hometowns across the state, the question remains: How'd they do?

Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.
Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.

The Brief: May 15, 2015

Amid the spectacle of bills dying in the House as part of Democrats' concerted effort to take out a controversial gay marriage bill came news that the legislative leadership might be close to hammering out a deal to resolve their major outstanding conflicts.

House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.
House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, pulled down a school finance bill during the 84th legislative session on May 14, 2015.

Plan for School Finance Overhaul Dies in Texas House

A months-long effort to reform the problem-plagued school finance system came to an end Thursday as House Public Education Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock withdrew a bill proposing fixes less than an hour into a scheduled debate. 

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, celebrates passage of his tax cut measures during the House session April 28, 2015.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, celebrates passage of his tax cut measures during the House session April 28, 2015.

The Brief: May 13, 2015

The House's tax writing committee on Tuesday took up the Senate's proposal to cut property taxes by raising homeowners' residential homestead exemption. But what transpired on Tuesday was far from a kumbaya moment.

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock R-Killeen during a public education committee hearing on February 19th, 2013
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock R-Killeen during a public education committee hearing on February 19th, 2013

School Finance Proposal on Life Support

A school finance plan that would result in an extra $800 million for public education faces dim prospects in the dwindling weeks of the legislative session, a top House lawmaker said Tuesday.

 

Students arrive in caps & gowns to Texas Capitol on April 6th, 2015. The Senate sub-committee on border security will listen to testimony on SB #1819 relating to determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education
Students arrive in caps & gowns to Texas Capitol on April 6th, 2015. The Senate sub-committee on border security will listen to testimony on SB #1819 relating to determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education

The Brief: April 16, 2015

For all the talk about undocumented immigrants qualifying for in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, it turns out that these students make up a very small portion of the college-going population.

House Public Education Committee chair Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, on the floor during House Bill 1 debate March 31, 2015.
House Public Education Committee chair Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, on the floor during House Bill 1 debate March 31, 2015.

School Finance Plan Praised in Capitol Hearing

A plan to overhaul the state’s public education funding system from a top House lawmaker received largely favorable reviews from school districts during a marathon legislative hearing that ended late Tuesday night.

State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.
State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, carries literature laying out House Bill 1 as he prepares to discuss the appropriations bill on the House floor March 31, 2015.

School Funding, Incentive Programs Are Hot Topics in House Budget Debate

With more than 350 proposed amendments before then, the Texas House is likely to go well into the evening before getting to a final vote on the $210 billion budget. Early discussions addressed school funding and incentives programs.

Rep. John Otto R-Dayton, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during Tribune Conversation event on February 12th, 2015
Rep. John Otto R-Dayton, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during Tribune Conversation event on February 12th, 2015

Otto Touts Plan to Simplify School Finance System

The House’s chief budget writer on Thursday praised a proposal to overhaul the school finance system by grouping the state’s 1,026 regular school districts into a few "school finance districts" — a tax move aimed at equalizing per-student funding statewide. 

 

 

Rep. Molly White R-Belton in her Capitol office on February 2nd, 2015
Rep. Molly White R-Belton in her Capitol office on February 2nd, 2015

The Brief: Feb. 3, 2015

The state representative at the center of a controversy over treatment of visitors to the Capitol for Texas Muslim Capitol Day last week told the Tribune on Monday that she didn't expect her Facebook post to raise such a ruckus.