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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

Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature

This year, there are a number of bills in the Texas Legislature that provide opportunities for marijuana policy reform. One type of reform, reducing criminal penalties for small possession, is supported by a majority of Texans. While different bills have been filed to achieve this reform, there is one that stands out and appears to have some momentum in the Texas Legislature. Read more about Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature

Reproductive Health Care Advocacy Day at the Capitol

On Thursday, Texas Research Institute—Progress Texas’ research arm—joined Texans from across the state at the State Capitol to call on politicians to support policies that restore trust in Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions, respect for health care professionals and access to abortion care.

Click here to join the Trust. Respect. Access. campaign, a movement for reproductive freedom in Texas. Read more about Reproductive Health Care Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Affordable Care Act Helps 1.2 million Texans - But State Still Has Nation's Worst Coverage Rate

More than 1.2 million Texans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, demonstrating a high demand in Texas for quality, affordable health coverage. This comes in sharp contrast to a bewildering claim made last week by former Governor Rick Perry who said that Texans want a large number of uninsured.

The latest enrollment period, which closed last week, ended with Texas enrolling and re-enrolling more of its citizens than any state except Florida. Overall, the state's uninsured rate dropped slightly to 22-24%, depending on which group's numbers you follow.  Read more about Affordable Care Act Helps 1.2 million Texans - But State Still Has Nation's Worst Coverage Rate

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