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December 17, 2015
Texas DPS adopts rules for limited medical marijuana law

Texas Adopts Rules for Limited Medical Marijuana

Texas' first medical marijuana law is one step closer to full implementation. Today, the Texas Department of Public Safety has, through its Public Safety Commission, formally adopted the rules that will govern the Texas Compassionuate Use Program . That's...
September 1, 2015

New Texas Laws In Effect Today

Hundreds of new Texas state laws go into effect today. The state laws, passed by the Texas Legislature that finished meeting a few months ago, cover a wide range of issues. Our friends at Annie's List have a great round-up of legislative accomplishments...
June 24, 2015

Texas Poll Finds Growing Support for Marijuana Policy

Following a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform, a new poll by the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tribune finds growing support for marijuana - specifically, reducing criminal penalties for small possession. Two years ago...
June 11, 2015

Texas Republicans Tried to Stop LGBTQ Equality. They Failed.

After introducing more than 20 anti-LGBTQ bills this legislative session—ranging from bills that targeted marriage equality to so-called “religious freedom” and local preemption proposals that aimed to legalize discrimination against LGBT Texans—Texas...
June 9, 2015

What the Texas Legislature Did to Abortion Access

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...
June 5, 2015

What the Texas Legislature Did on Marijuana Policy Reform

For the first time ever, the Texas Legislature had a serious conversation about marijuana policy reform. Thanks to support from a fantastic bipartisan coalition , as well as over 25,000 statewide supporters , marijuana policy reform enjoyed unprecedented...
June 1, 2015

Texas Legislature: Class of 2015 Yearbook

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...
May 27, 2015

Op-Ed: Abortion ID Bill Unfairly Targets Immigrants

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. This legislation...
May 12, 2015

Payday Lenders May Face Tighter Regulation in Texas

A bill has passed the Texas House that would ensure payday lenders and auto title lenders cannot make unsolicited calls to numbers listed on the Texas No Call list. Currently, there is nothing in Texas law prohibiting predatory lenders that offer loans...
May 7, 2015
Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Move Out of Texas Committees

Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Move Out of Texas Committees

Historic progress for marijuana policy reform continued this week, as three different bills were voted out of Texas legislative committees for the first time ever. But these bills aren't laws yet - they still have to be approved by the full legislature...