Tribpedia: Texans For Lawsuit Reform

Texans for Lawsuit Reform is a lobbying group which advocates for tort reform and limiting lawsuits.

Leo Linbeck, Hugh Kelly, Dick Trabulsi and Richard Weekley founded the organization in 1993 and initially struggled to find support within the Legislature. After supporting several winning challengers in 1994, and with the election of George W. Bush as governor, they gained prominence at the ...

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke Wednesday as Texas charter school supporters rallied at the Texas Capitol to lobby the Legislature for more funding.

In Education Reform Debate, One Group Stands Out

Raise Your Hand Texas has been a key player this session, impacting bills like Sen. Dan Patrick's charter school legislation. The advocacy organization's influence in policy negotiations has won it both respect and exasperation in education circles.

Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen listens to HB5 debate in House on March 26th, 2013. There are currently 165 amendments to the bill and debate is expected to go well into the night

Charter Bill Brings New Players to Education Policy

As lawmakers work on charter school legislation, lobbyists better known for their work in other areas have been showing up regularly at education committee hearings.

Trial Lawyers Make Big Play In GOP Races

Trial lawyers, the most reliable and generous source of cash for Texas Democrats, generally sit out Republican primaries. But this year the are pouring huge sums into key Senate races, hoping to elect Republicans who are more friendly to their agenda than the establishment-preferred GOP candidates.

Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club.
Rep. Tommy Merrit (left) and his Republican primary challenger David Simpson (right) unexpectedly run into each other as both court Longview's Chick-Fil-A breakfast club.

Campaign Chatter

Political news from around the state, starting with a rematch of a lively 2010 primary race in Northeast Texas.

Soapbox: No Better Care, Thanks to Tort Reform

The sweeping medical lawsuit reforms of 2003 had two demonstrable effects: Doctors, hospitals and malpractice insurers got richer; and many contingent fee lawyers were put out of business. Which was exactly what proponents of the reforms wanted.

Soapbox: Better Care, Thanks to Tort Reform

Since the passage of sweeping medical lawsuit reforms in 2003, liability insurance rates have plummeted, doctors have flocked to our state in record numbers and nursing homes and hospitals are again operational. That's good for patients — and good for Texas.

State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, speaking to the Senate after being appointed chairman of the conference committee on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association on June 27, 2011.
State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, speaking to the Senate after being appointed chairman of the conference committee on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association on June 27, 2011.

TWIA Deal Ready for Final Vote

State legislators say they've reached a compromise on reform of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, potentially averting a second special session this summer.

The Senate Business and Commerce Committee with Sen. John Carona (c), R-Dallas, votes to pass out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill to the full Senate on June 22, 2011.
The Senate Business and Commerce Committee with Sen. John Carona (c), R-Dallas, votes to pass out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) bill to the full Senate on June 22, 2011.

Lawmakers: Get Lobbyists Out of Windstorm Fight

Lawmakers and consumer groups say special interests need to butt out of the battle over the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.