Rep. Donna Howard in the News
Travis County early voting lagging, interest dragged down by Texas constitution amendments
Halfway through early voting for the November 5th Texas constitutional amendment election, local turnout is disappointing elections officials. The mayor's race in Pflugerville appears to be doing well, but overall the long list of confusing state constitutional amendments is doing little to draw voters to the polls.
The Back Mic: Empower Texans to Release Audio, Granger on Abortion, and Rep. Howard Launches Campaign Offensive
“The Back Mic” is a weekly look inside Texas politics and policy presented by The Texan. In just a few bullet points every Friday, you’ll know about the critical developments from the candidates, elected officials, and policies that impact Texans everywhere.
JUSTICE FOR WOMEN CAMPAIGN UPDATE: TEXAS PRISON PROGRAM FOCUSES ON TRAUMA AND EDUCATION NEEDS OF INCARCERATED WOMEN
Yesterday, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ, the state prison system) unveiled a first-of-its-kind women’s reentry program designed to help incarcerated women address and heal from trauma, as well as connect with jobs that will be waiting for them upon their release.
Students rally for climate action at Capitol.
The organizers of the Austin rally released a list of demands, including requests that Austin Energy cease using power from coal and natural gas plants by 2025 and that the state of Texas adopt a robust climate emergency plan.
The new hemp law reveals a bigger problem: Texas needs better cannabis laws
Duly-elected law enforcement officials, both Democrats and Republicans, are telling us that they will no longer prosecute certain cannabis offenses because of the passage of House Bill 1325, which legalizes hemp in Texas.
Texas lawmakers pass laws allowing bridge over Shoal Creek
The bills by Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin) allowed the City of Austin to receive and use a credit from an earlier deal with the state.
Despite new law, Austin Planned Parenthood clinic to stay open
Planned Parenthood’s $1-a-year lease of a city-owned building in East Austin can continue until 2039 despite a new state law that prohibits business dealings between local governments and the organization.