President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 28, 2017.
President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 28, 2017.

Trump's first 100 days tax Texans on Capitol Hill

On Saturday, President Donald Trump will complete his first 100 days in office — the symbolic traditional end to the "honeymoon phase" of a commander-in-chief’s administration — and that period has exhausted, exasperated and enthralled members and staffers in Texas' congressional delegation.

 
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, left, talks with Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart, on the House floor on April 27, 2017.
<p><span>State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, left, talks with Rep. John Cyrier, R-<span>Lockhart,</span>&nbsp;on the House floor on April 27, 2017.</span></p>

What unusual maneuver happened in the Texas House to halt amendments on “sanctuary” bill?

The marathon debate on the “sanctuary” bill in the Texas House had impassioned speeches, tears and what some House Democrats called a surprising move by a House Republican to cut short debate on adding amendments to the bill.

What unusual maneuver happened in the Texas House to halt amendments on “sanctuary” bill?

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, left, talks with Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart,&nbsp;on the House floor on April 27, 2017.
<p><span>State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, left, talks with Rep. John Cyrier, R-<span>Lockhart,</span>&nbsp;on the House floor on April 27, 2017.</span></p>

The marathon debate on the “sanctuary” bill in the Texas House had impassioned speeches, tears and what some House Democrats called a surprising move by a House Republican to cut short debate on adding amendments to the bill.

 

Ahead of 2018, trial likely looms in Texas political map battle

Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and former Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer speak to reporters on April 27, 2017, following a status conference on a years-long challenge to Texas' political maps.&nbsp;
<p>Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and former Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer speak to reporters on April 27, 2017, following a status conference on a years-long challenge to Texas' political maps.&nbsp;</p>

“I think the trial is certain,” said Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, a lead plaintiff in the years-long challenge of the state’s political boundaries.

The Brief: While you slept, the Texas House tentatively passed a sanctuary cities ban

State Rep. Veronica Neave, D-Dallas, gives an emotional speech as a picture of her father is held up during the debate on SB4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on April 26, 2017. &nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Veronica Neave, D-Dallas, gives an emotional speech as a picture of her father is held up during the debate on SB4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on April 26, 2017. &nbsp;</p>

After more than 16 hours of emotional debate — which left some lawmakers in tears — the Texas House tentatively passed a controversial bill that would ban "sanctuary" policies in Texas.

The Brief: The "sanctuary" bill is closer to Abbott's desk

Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, speaks to Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, at the back mic in the Texas House during the debate on a bill that would ban "sanctuary" policies in Texas.
<p>Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, speaks to Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, at the back mic in the Texas House during the debate on a bill that would ban "sanctuary" policies in Texas.</p>

After a marathon debate that went into the early hours of the morning on a bill that would ban “sanctuary” policies in Texas, the Texas House officially approved the measure along a party-line vote Thursday afternoon.

Bills would undo cities' efforts to rein in payday lenders, advocates warn

The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.
<p>The storefront of a payday lender in Austin on April 25, 2017. Antipoverty advocates are warning that a pair of proposals in the Legislature could&nbsp;perpetuate a cycle of debt for millions of Texans.</p>

Dozens of Texas cities have passed ordinances regulating payday and auto title lenders that are stricter than current state and federal rules. Some state lawmakers are hoping to eliminate them.