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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Governor Greg Abbott

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  • OFFICE OF THE TEXAS GOVERNOR: Governor Abbott Announces “Damon Allen Act”

    Governor Greg Abbott unveiled the “Damon Allen Act,” a set of proposals to reform the bail system in Texas to protect law enforcement and enhance public safety.

  • Gov. Abbott appoints three new members to San Jacinto River Authority board

    AUSTIN – Three new members have been named to the board of the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), a move approved by Texas State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), according to a news release.

  • Hurricane Harvey class actions moving ahead after judge denies DOJ delay request

    HOUSTON – A pair of class action lawsuits against the federal government over Hurricane Harvey flood damage and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are moving forward following a federal judge's decision earlier in December.

  • Federal court enjoins SB4, Texas files appeal

    AUSTIN – The state's Senate Bill 4 has caught the attention of immigration, legal, labor and public groups.

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

    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

    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.

  • Their View

    Implementing Obergefell: An Addendum

    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

    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.

  • Their View

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

    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.

  • Their View

    The Problem of the Cities

    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.