Ed. Note: Anti-abortion politicians in Texas continued to push cruel proposals targeting Texans’ access to reproductive health care during this legislative session. Click here to read more about abortion access in the 2015 session.
Two years after passing one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country, Republicans came back to the Texas Capitol this legislative session with the goal of restricting access to abortion care even further, proposing dozens of laws that would undercut access.
For the first time ever, the Texas Legislature had a serious conversation about marijuana policy reform.
The Texas Legislature finished up this week having done absolutely nothing to advance Medicaid expansion in Texas.
It wasn't for a lack of trying. Democratic lawmakers championed Medicaid expansion all session long:
The regular session of the 2015 Texas legislative session has ended. Through it all, progressives championed and defended issues important to many Texans.
There's a lot that happened in the last 5 months, more bad bills than good ones, and we'll write more about all these issues in greater detail in the weeks ahead.
For now, we hope you enjoy our first-ever #TXLege Yearbook - as we look back at some of the best, and worst, the Texas Legislature had to offer.
The following was published in the Austin American Statesman on Tuesday, May 26:
My name is Vero Higareda. I am 21 years old. I am an immigrant Latina. I am a student at the University of Texas-Pan American. And I oppose House Bill 3994.
Republicans in the Texas legislature spent the long weekend pushing cruel legislation—by any means necessary—that would place more barriers in between vulnerable Texans and their access to abortion care. These politicians have proven time and time again that they will stop at nothing to restrict abortion access.
Senate Republicans Change Rules to Give Abusive and Absentee Parents Control