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(Jordan Vonderhaar/The Texas Tribune)

By Patrick Svitek

Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he would veto the section of the state budget that funds the Legislature hours after a Democratic walkout killed his priority elections bill.

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(The Austin Bulldog)

The Texas Senate today blitzed through the normal procedures to pass HB 1900, a bill that could trigger disannexation elections throughout parts of Austin. This is a direct response to police budget cuts last year.

HB 1900 establishes criteria for determining whether a city is a "defunding municipality" that has cut its police department budget disproportionally to the rest of its budget. Once such a designation is made, the city would have to "hold a separate election in each area annexed in the preceding 30 years by the defunding municipality on the question of disannexing the area."

If Austin gets hit with the designation—which appears likely under the definition set in the bill—then disannexation elections would be triggered in vast tracts of Austin annexed since the 1990s, including River Place, Cat Mountain Villas, the Samsung Semiconductor plant and nearby areas, Southpark Meadows, and Onion Creek.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

Moms Demand Action Austin in the Texas Capitol on April 15, before the permitless gun carry bill was passed in the House. (Melanie Greene)

After years of lobbying by gun rights activists, Texas House members overwhelmingly approved a bill last week that would allow handguns to be carried without a permit. It then moved to the more conservative Senate, but its chances of passage remained murky due to concerns from law enforcement and some Republican lawmakers.

As Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick attempted to sway his colleagues to support the bill, a former Travis County sheriff's deputy shot and killed three people—his ex-wife Amanda, her 17-year-old daughter Alyssa Broderick and Alyssa's 18-year-old boyfriend Willie Simmons III—in North Austin, prompting an hours-long shelter-in-place order and some local elected officials to decry the permitless carry proposal.

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(Miguel Gutierrez Jr./ The Texas Tribune)

By Alex Samuels, Cassandra Pollock, Patrick Svitek

The 2021 session of the Texas Legislature will commence Tuesday under pervasive uncertainty.

Lawmakers have been waiting for months to see how it will be conducted safely as the coronavirus pandemic rages.

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