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Bathroom bill, teacher pay increase on agenda for special legislative session next month

Dee Thompson Jun. 12, 2017, 7:54am

AUSTIN – A special state legislative session to be held July 18 recently was announced by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abbott, Paxton call for prompt passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act

David Yates Apr. 5, 2017, 3:24pm

AUSTIN – In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott called for swift passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R.

Implementing Obergefell: An Addendum

Mark Pulliam Mar. 24, 2017, 8:49am

In a prior post, I discussed the Pidgeon v. Turner case, now pending before the Texas Supreme Court, involving a taxpayer challenge to same-sex spousal benefits.  Oral argument was held on March 1. The taxpayers challenging the city of Houston’s policy of granting same-sex spousal benefits to city employees were represented at oral argument by Jonathan Mitchell, a former Scalia clerk, former Texas solicitor general, and now a visiting professor at Stanford law school. The city of Houston was represented by Douglas Alexander, a leading appellate practitioner in an Austin law firm whose partners include former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. The oral argument was superb, and both counsel fielded numerous questions from the fully-engaged justices.

Gov. Greg Abbott gives State of the State Address, focuses on tort and budget reforms

Dawn Geske Feb. 7, 2017, 4:30pm

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott has given his State of the State speech to the citizens of Texas where he addressed what his priorities and emergency activities will be for the 85th legislative session.

Implementing Obergefell: Who Decides the Scope of a Newly Minted Right?

Mark Pulliam Feb. 7, 2017, 1:20pm

The Supreme Court’s fractured decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) required states to recognize same-sex marriage. Obergefell came less than 30 years after Bowers v. Hardwick,[1] in which the court refused to recognize a right to engage in homosexual sodomy. In changing its mind, the Court effectively amended the U.S. Constitution with its Delphic utterances.

The Problem of the Cities

Mark Pulliam May 17, 2016, 8:59am

This column first appeared on Library of Law and Liberty Crumbling infrastructure in Detroit, MichiganCrumbling infrastructure in Detroit, Michigan Ever since people began migrating in large numbers from America’s rural areas to its urban areas in the 19th century, cities have presented unique challenges: sanitation, housing, transportation, education, public safety, and fire protection, to name just a few.

Three appointed to board of Humanities Texas

Emma Gallimore Mar. 17, 2016, 11:08am

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed three new members to the Board of Humanities Texas: Laurie Morian, Ellen K. Ramsey, and Stephanie Tucker.

Trial lawyers make a cynical play for the Texas Supreme Court, Place 9

Mark Pulliam Jan. 29, 2016, 9:12am

This is another post on the races currently underway for three seats on the Texas Supreme Court. I have previously written ... about the race between incumbent Justice Debra Lehrmann and challenger Justice Michael Massengale for Place 3, and the potentially confusing race between incumbent Justice Paul W. Green and challenger Rick Green for Place 5. In this post I discuss the race between incumbent Justice Eva Guzman and challenger Joe Pool Jr. for Place 9.

Texas SC will hear Abbott's appeal of school finance case

Marilyn Tennissen Jan. 26, 2015, 11:11am

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s public school funding system – an appeal filed by Texas’ new governor Greg Abbott in the latter days of his term as attorney general.

Texans get Senate confirmations to federal courts, agency

Marilyn Tennissen Dec. 17, 2014, 3:38pm

The U.S. Senate has confirmed two Texas judges for federal courts in the Lone Star State and another Texan to lead the nation’s immigration service.