Phillip Martin

What 5,000 Days Without Federal Court Judges Means for Texas

Texas' federal courts make rulings on almost every issue important to our state. While so much attention is given to the Supreme Court, it's critical to remember that dozens of federal judges in Texas have lifetime appointments to serve on lower federal courts, where they hear hundreds if not thousands of times the number of cases the Supreme Court hears.

And most of the time, on the biggest issues of the day, it’s the lower federal courts that have the final say. Read more about What 5,000 Days Without Federal Court Judges Means for Texas

First Marijuana Policy Reform Bill Advances from Texas House Committee

Yesterday, the Texas Legislature's Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence gave bipartisan approval of legislation that makes small possession of marijuana a ticketable offense instead of a felony. 

The bill, HB 507 sponsored by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), is the first time any legislation of its kind has advanced from a Texas Legislative committee.

The move shows that the Legislature is listening to the more than 20,000 Texans who have advocated for reform this year.  Read more about First Marijuana Policy Reform Bill Advances from Texas House Committee

State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families

Today, the Texas House of Representatives will debate the state budget. Crafted by Republican elected officials, the budget leaves $19 billion in available funds unspent – at a time when Texas students, seniors, and veterans remain underfunded.

Students, seniors, and veterans paid their taxes, and now the Legislature is trying to turn those dollars into businesses giveaways that many businesses don’t even want. Read more about State Budget a Bad Deal for Texas Families

New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

A number of new studies support marijuana policy reform - and refute many arguments raised by opponents.

Those who are uncomfortable with the idea of marijuana policy reform often fall back on a tired argument: "we need more time to study this issue." But when you look at the facts about marijuana studies compared to a legal painkiller - like hydrocodone - you realize how ridiculous that argument really is: Read more about New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

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