May 7th, 2013 at 3:48 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Gov. Rick Perry welcomes Shield Tactical from California to Shiner. (Josh Hinkle/KXAN)
This weekend on “In Session. In-depth,” we focus on gun control and big business. One state’s loss might be Texas’ gain. As much of the country restricts firearms, Gov. Rick Perry is asking gun companies to set up shop here. But more business might mean more competition for an already booming industry.
We speak with the governor one-on-one, then our political roundtable weighs in on his plan and other gun items at the Capitol.
- Paul Burka, Texas Monthly
- Christy Hoppe, Dallas Morning News
- Jay Root, Texas Tribune.
Join us for “In Session. In-depth.” this Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
April 11th, 2013 at 4:50 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Sen. John Whitmire, D-Austin (Texas Senate)
This weekend on “In Session. In-depth,” Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, talks with us about his new proposal to update the state’s “Romeo and Juliet” defense – a change that could help gay teens. Plus, hear what he has to say about security for lawmakers in the wake of the Kaufman County shootings.
Joining the criminal justice roundtable – Brandi Grissom of the Texas Tribune, Mike Ward of the Austin American-Statesman and Ana Yáñez-Correa of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. Watch “In Session. In-depth.” this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.
April 4th, 2013 at 6:01 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
This weekend on “In Session. In-depth,” the debate over expanding Medicaid in Texas rises to the top. The past week ranged from the governor’s high-profile meeting denouncing the idea to a contentious conversation among House members hammering out the budget. And now, two policy leaders join the program on opposite sides of the issue – Peggy Venable with Americans for Prosperity and Anne Dunkelberg from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
Plus, our roundtable of political journalists – Emily Ramshaw with the Texas Tribune, Ryan Poppe with Texas Public Radio and John Reynolds with the Quorum Report. Watch “In Session. In-depth.” this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.
March 29th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth (Texas Senate)
This weekend on “In Session. In-depth,” Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, talks to us about the fight for more education funding. What are the true difference between the Senate and House versions of the budget? And could more money come before lawmakers wrap up in May? Davis found herself in the political spotlight after filibustering the school finance bill last session, and now she speaks out about reports of a possible run for governor.
Plus, Reps. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, join our roundtable. The duo is among a small handful of Central Texas lawmakers on the House budget-writing team. Hear their predictions for the remaining financial fight this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.
March 21st, 2013 at 6:12 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
It’s halftime at the Texas State Capitol! What issues rank the highest on the scoreboard? Who are the legislature’s MVPs? And who are those standout rookies?
Joining us on the political roundtable this week – Mike Ward with the Austin American-Statesman, Corrie MacLaggan with Reuters and Brian Sweany with Texas Monthly.
Plus, we take a look at an ongoing “water war” between Texas and Mexico. Join us for “In Session. In-depth.” this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.
Texas State Capitol (Josh Hinkle/KXAN)
March 14th, 2013 at 5:57 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Rep. Richard Pena Raymond, D-Laredo (Texas House of Representatives)
Ever wondered why Texas lawmakers meet only once every two years? One lawmaker says the state’s size, population and massive budget deserve more attention. We speak with Rep. Richard Pena Raymond, D-Laredo, about his proposal to gather the legislature in Austin annually.
We also break down the technology driving lawmakers this session. Plus, a group of “little” lobbyists mix pie with politics at the State Capitol. Join us for “In Session. In-depth.” this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.
March 6th, 2013 at 5:01 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Tree burned in wildfire at Bastrop State Park (Josh Hinkle/KXAN)
This week on “In Session. In-depth,” we travel to Bastrop to talk about the costs associated with a devastating wildfire in 2011. Nearly $5 million in state money could soon come to Bastrop State Park for recovery, but lawmakers still have to sign off on the funding project.
Plus, they have to consider the bill owed for that disastrous season statewide – $161 million. Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, joins us from the State Capitol to talk about the push for Central Texas funding.
And our roundtable goes on the road for an in-depth look at the fire’s impact in Bastrop and the progress being made there. Join us for “In Session. In-depth.” this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KXAN News.
February 22nd, 2013 at 5:25 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin (Texas House)
After a visit from the grieving parents of a high-profile hit-and-run victim, an Austin House member joined a growing list of state lawmakers looking to increase the penalty for this fatal crime. Weeks ago, Bart and Kelly Griffin reached out to Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, in response to the death of their daughter, Courtney, according to the legislator’s office.
Griffin was killed on a West Austin street in the early morning hours of May 27, 2011. On Friday, a jury recommended 10 years probation for criminally negligent homicide for Gabrielle Nestande – the former Capitol staffer who was behind the wheel that early morning.
While in the drafting phase of his own legislation, Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, signed on to an identical, existing proposal – House Bill 72 – filed in November by Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cyprus. The goal of the bill is to motivate people to stop and help victims of accidents.
HB 72 would increase the penalty for the offense of leaving the scene of an accident from a “third degree felony” to a “second degree felony.” That could mean a stricter penalty – the same as people convicted of sexual assault, robbery or manslaughter.
||2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000
||2 to 10 years in a state prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000
Another Austin Democrat, Sen. Kirk Watson, filed similar legislation – Senate Bill 275 – last month after speaking with Griffin’s father.
February 20th, 2013 at 2:24 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Interstate 10 sign outside Lake Charles, Louisiana (Josh Hinkle/KXAN)
This week on a special gambling edition of “In Session. In-depth,” the chips fly, as both sides of the long-standing Texas casino debate take part in our roundtable – former state lawmaker John Montford from the pro-casino lobby “Let Texans Decide” and Rob Kohler from the anti-gaming Christian Life Commission. Tim Eaton from the Austin American-Statesman also joins the discussion.
Plus, we travel to neighboring Louisiana – a casino-friendly state –
to weigh the benefits with the bad. Where does that state spend its revenue, and is a re-introduced gambling bill in Texas really the answer to funding problems?
Join us Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for “In Session. In-depth.” right here on KXAN.
February 7th, 2013 at 6:25 pm by Josh Hinkle under Politics
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaks with KXAN about the Texas school finance lawsuit (Julie Karam/KXAN).
This Sunday on KXAN’s “In Session, In-depth,” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams discuss the future after the state’s school finance trial decision.
Plus, Kate Alexander of the Austin American-Statesman, Clay Robison of the Texas State Teachers Association and Erin Cargile of KXAN News talk about proposed education reforms, testing and possible school funding restoration.
Join us for “In Session, In-depth” this Sunday morning at 8:30 on KXAN News.