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March 4, 2015
New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

A number of new studies support marijuana policy reform - and refute many arguments raised by opponents. Those who are uncomfortable with the idea of marijuana policy reform often fall back on a tired argument: "we need more time to study this issue." But...
March 2, 2015
Marijuana Policy Reform

Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature

This year, there are a number of bills in the Texas Legislature that provide opportunities for marijuana policy reform. One type of reform, reducing criminal penalties for small possession, is supported by a majority of Texans. While different bills have...
February 15, 2015

Our Founding Fathers Would Support Marijuana Policy Reform

This President's Day, we think back to our founding fathers and their visions for America. Former presidents like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison planted great ideas that still live on in our country: freedom of speech, the pursuit...
February 4, 2015

Polls: Texas Favors Marijuana Policy Reform

A series of polls in recent years find that a majority of Texans favor marijuana policy reforms in Texas: A statewide PPP poll from September 2013 found that more than 60% of Texans favor laws that reduce possession laws from criminal offenses to civil...
February 3, 2015
How Committees Work

Session 101: How Committees Work

The committee process in the Texas Legislature goes far beyond what the public generally sees. It’s about providing public testimony and voting on bills, yes, but the work that goes into the process extends far beyond what we see. Visit this website to...
January 23, 2015
Senate Rule Changes #Lockout Legislators, Texans

Senate Rule Changes #Lockout Legislators, Texans

New changes to rules in the Texas Senate may effectively lockout the voices of Texas Senators and their constituents - making it harder for 60% of minorities in the state of Texas to have their voices heard and represented in the Texas Legislature. The...
January 11, 2015

Texas Represents 20% of Nation's Federal Court Vacancies

As President Obama ends his sixth year in office, much is being made about his legacy on federal courts. And if Texas Senators weren't so busy deliberately delaying the process, we'd be able to celebrate here in Texas too - instead of being worse off than...
January 6, 2015

Texas Freedom To Marry; Back In Court

Texas Republicans are continuing their discriminatory crusade against marriage equality, taking their case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this Friday. While a lower district court ruled that Texas’ ban on same sex marriage was...
December 16, 2014

Congress Ends Federal Ban on Medical Marijuana

The federal government is ending its prohibition against medical marijuana. As part of the end-of-year budget package, a bipartisan Congress has adopted language that would prohibit the federal government, including the Drug Enforcement Agency, from...
November 20, 2014

Marijuana Policy Victories In 2014

Now that the 2014 election is over, it’s easier to see that despite a few setbacks we also made some serious advances— particularly on the topic of Marijuana policy reform. These victories for marijuana policy reform give validity to polls showing that...
November 14, 2014

Why The Lame Duck Senate Needs To Confirm Federal Judges

The midterm elections are over, but our senators in Washington still have important business to attend to: confirming judicial nominees to fill vacancies on our nation’s federal courts to keep the wheels of justice moving. The Senate has a constitutional...
October 31, 2014

What the Candidates Say About Marijuana Policy Reform

This election season, let’s be honest about marijuana policy reform in Texas. We know that marijuana is common. There have been thousands of studies on the subject . It is used by people of all backgrounds for medical purposes. It can be a taxable product...
October 15, 2014

Voter ID Back In Place For Election - What You Need To Know

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas voters will need to show ID at the polls this year – but not all forms of ID are accepted. Early voting begins next Monday, October 20th, and your vote can make a difference. Visit our “Got ID Texas”...
October 2, 2014

BREAKING: 5th Circuit Allows HB2 to Take Effect

The 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling today temporarily reverses a U.S. district court’s decision that struck down as unconstitutional two provisions of Texas' omnibus anti-abortion bill, House Bill 2 (HB2). HB2 has already forced half of...