Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has summoned state lawmakers back for a special session to start July 18, 2017. The bathroom bill, property tax reform, and a $1,000 pay raise for teachers are among the issues that must be considered in 30 days. Two state Representatives, Republican Matt Krause from Fort Worth and Grand Prairie’s Democratic Representative Chris Turner, discussed why they think the politics during the special session should be any different from the politics in the regular session. Krause and Turner joined host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Beginning September 1, it will be illegal to text and drive in Texas. Lawmakers have passed a texting while driving ban in past legislative sessions, but this is the first time a governor actually signed it into law. Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, has watched this issue bounce around Austin. He explained why Governor Abbot signed it into law, although with some reservation. Ross also discussed Governor Abbott’s proposed $1,000 teacher pay raise, and Dallas joining other cities fighting the state’s sanctuary law.
MY VOICE, MY OPINION
On Saturday, May 10, runoff elections decided three seats on the Dallas City Council. It’s now time to get down to work to address the issues facing the City. Ed Gray from The Commish Radio Show says there’s plenty to do in this week’s My Voice, My Opinion.
In this week’s My Voice, My Opinion, contributor Ed Gray talked about the racial and economic disparities in Dallas. He highlighted some of the problems that neighbors to the south of the city deal with every day. But this week, The Reverend Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center (ZWHJCOC) is hosting an educational and economic forum to inform the southern sector of the various opportunities for economic independence. The Reverend Dr. Zan Holmes, Jr. returned to Inside Texas Politics to the discuss how the southern sector is a goal mine, and what the ZWHJCOC is doing to secure economic freedom for residents and businesses in the area.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week. There were watch parties and some people even took off work to hear what Comey had to say to the committee. Different reactions to the former FBI Director’s testimony is what sparked today’s Flashpoint. From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer. And from the left, author and producer Katie Sherrod.
Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud and Ross returned to discuss first-term Democratic state Representative Victoria Neave’s DWI last week, Governor Greg Abbott’s announced special session, and if the legislature will address problems with mail-in ballots during the special session.