Currently, Texas law allows a terminally ill person to decide for themselves whether or not to receive medical intervention at the end of their life—that is, unless the person is pregnant. This legislative session Rep. Elliott Naishtat has introduced HB 3183, a bill that would restore this right to pregnant women and their families.
Yesterday, State Representative Jason Villalba announced he was reconsidering "entirely" his constitutional amendment proposal—HJR 55—that would allow religion to be used as a weapon to discriminate, an excuse for abuse and a license to break the law. Rep.
Two months into the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have pulled off a true Texas miracle: they've come up with a tax plan so horrible that long-time conservative business groups are rejecting it in favor of more spending on the state's infrastructure needs - including education, healthcare, water and transportation.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell last week - the case which could upend the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Texans. With so much at stake, the case is an important reminder of why we fight for better health coverage for Texas.
In case you missed it, here's a summary of how the arguments unfolded and what the future of affordable health care in Texas looks like.
In Texas today it is legal to fire, deny housing or refuse service to gay and transgender Texans simply because of who they are. Without legal protections, many Texans must live with the burden of knowing that at any moment they could lose their livelihood with no recourse to defend themselves from discrimination. That’s why Texas Research Institute—Progress Texas’ educational arm—has joined a coalition of groups to launch Texas Wins—a new grassroots campaign that will fight back against discrimination in our state.
Though over 300 Republicans from across the country signed a brief calling for the Supreme Court to support the freedom for same-sex couples to marry, not a single Texas Republican Party leader can be found on the list of signatories.
Tony Tinderholt, Texas State Representative, is your hero defending the “sanctity of marriage.” Marriage is serious business for Rep. Tinderholt, as evidenced by the fact that he has had five of them, which is why he filed a handwritten complaint yesterday against a judge for allowing Texas’ first legal same-sex marriage.
Today's release of new video documenting Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) personnel in a helicopter shooting at a truck suspected of carrying undocumented immigrants - and killing two passengers - raises significant questions about the type of training by provided for border security efforts. The incident renews concerns over suspicious no-bid government contracts such as the one awarded to Abrams Learning and Information Systems, the company responsible for training DPS border agents.