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October 19, 2021      10:30 AM

Rep. Huberty to retire from the Texas House

Full statement here.

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October 19, 2021      12:42 AM

The Texas House and Senate adjourn sine die

Speaker Phelan says that for some of the members this marks the end of their experience in the Texas Legislature; Lt Gov. Patrick thanks everyone for their service in Austin this year

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October 18, 2021      10:25 PM

On a vote of 84 to 59 the Texas House joins the Senate in approving the congressional map, sending it to Gov. Abbott

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October 18, 2021      8:52 PM

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer is drawn into Congressional District 35 "at his request," per Redistricting Chair Huffman

The comments came from Sen. Huffman just before the Senate adopted the conference committee report on the congressional map

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October 18, 2021      6:54 PM

In last minute bid for property tax reform, Sen. Bettencourt pushes SJR2 to raise homestead exemption to $40,000

With time running short and the House and Senate at a stalemate over property tax “relief,” the speaker’s office calls it a “healthy compromise”

As the House and Senate do not seem close to terms on how to move forward with property tax “relief” in this special session, Texas Senate Finance Monday evening quickly heard and voted out SJR2 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, to raise the homestead exemption to $40,000.

This is after the House would not agree to the Senate’s proposal for M&O compression resulting in a one-time savings of $100 for a home valued at $300,000 and the Senate would not agree to use federal funds to send roughly $500 checks to homeowners next year.

When asked for comment, Speaker Dade Phelan’s Communications Director Enrique Marquez said, “It’s a healthy compromise.”

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By Scott Braddock

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October 18, 2021      5:40 PM

Mexican American Legislative Caucus files petition to depose Adam Foltz, a GOP operative who aided Chair Hunter with redistricting

MALC argues the deposition is necessary to “investigate potential violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.”

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is asking a state district court judge in Travis County to order the deposition of a GOP operative hired this year to assist with the redrawing of Texas political boundaries.

The nation’s largest and oldest group of its kind said the deposition is necessary to “investigate potential violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.”

“Specifically, MALC seeks to depose Adam Foltz, a partisan redistricting operative employed by the Texas Legislative Council, a non-partisan state agency that supports the Legislature in drafting and analyzing proposed legislation, which also manages the internal mapping tool lawmakers use to draw electoral maps,” MALC said in a news release.

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By Scott Braddock

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October 18, 2021      3:48 PM

MALDEF files suit over Texas redistricting maps

Download the complaint here.

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October 18, 2021      1:43 AM

Here is the conference committee report for Senate Bill 6, the Texas Congressional map

You can download it here. Scroll to page 225 to see the maps.

Here is the map in District Viewer.

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October 17, 2021      1:43 AM

Texas Senate appoints conferees on congressional map

Conferees are Huffman, Nelson, Nichols, Campbell, and Perry

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October 16, 2021      11:40 PM

After multiple changes and with a conference with the Senate expected Sunday, the Texas House votes 80 to 61 to advance congressional map

Some changes were made in South Texas, Rep. Toth had his residence drawn specifically into a district, and more

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October 16, 2021      5:12 PM

TRBs bill, SB 52, advances out of Texas House Appropriations

It is now set for floor consideration on Sunday

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