The author of the controversial Texas abortion law, Bryan Hughes, a senator from the Republican state of Mineola in east Texas, spoke.
Can California use Texas abortion law framework to attack guns?
It’s not just Californians who see something they love about Texas, with so many people moving here. The governor of California now wants to copy Texas’ abortion law. More specifically, the part saying that the state does not have to apply it. Instead, ordinary people can sue in court as many times as you want.
California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to use this specific mechanism – which the United States Supreme Court did not immediately overturn – to attack assault rifles and homemade weapons. The author of the controversial Texas abortion law, Bryan Hughes, a senator from the Republican state of Mineola in east Texas, explained that previous efforts to prosecute gun manufacturers had failed. .
“I don’t blame Governor Newsom for being upset, but they’ve tried this before,” he told Inside Texas Politics.
Throughout the year, a humanitarian crisis has evolved on the Texas-Mexico border, as record numbers of migrants attempt to cross.
Texas is spending $ 3 billion in state tax money to increase law enforcement presence there. Some of that is probably necessary, and some of it is clearly political. Either way, the money has not slowed down the number of migrants to come. So what are taxpayers getting for this investment?
“That remains to be seen,” said Ross Ramsey, co-founder of the Texas Tribune. “It’s kind of a mixed bag.”
Republicans score big in 2021
It has been a good political year for Republicans in Texas. They have passed things that they had not been able to pass in the past: the redistribution. Transport without license. Amendments to electoral laws. Restrictions on abortion. Virtually anything they wanted.
So what are they planning for 2023? And does all of this motivate Democrats to go to the polls next year? State Senator Carol Alvarado of Houston spoke with Inside Texas Politics on the legislative positives of his party over the past 12 months, mainly the state budget.
“It’s something that allows us to continue some of the progress we’ve made, like with education, the previous session, and to invest in some of our low-income school districts,” she explained. .
Other victories, she said, included passing legislation on the theft of catalytic converters and expanding coverage for women to have mammograms covered by insurance.
The Dallas school shooting revisited
It’s been three months since the school shooting in Mansfield, just south of Dallas and Fort Worth. We often discuss what leads to violence. But don’t follow up often after you’re all set. So, in the weeks that have passed, the mayor – Michael Evans – talks about what has been done on campus. And a few proposals the city will likely submit to voters in May.
Texas struggles to catch up with students
Between the pandemic and politics, it hasn’t been a good year for schools in Texas and – more importantly – for our students. Will it get better anytime soon? What are the implications?
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