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Rangel: For Rep. Fischer, knowing rules can be powerful

Apr 20, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Enrique Rangel AUSTIN — Argh. There is hardly anything more frustrating in the Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives than when a member delays or, worse, kills a bill with a point of order. But for San Antonio’s Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer and other Democrats in the 150-member chamber, when you don’t have the votes to …

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House gives preliminary approval for open carry bill

Apr 20, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Lauren McGaughy AUSTIN — The state House on Friday gave preliminary approval to the licensed open carry of handguns, all but guaranteeing the controversial measure’s passage into law. The vote marked the culmination of months of momentum behind the open carry movement, fueled in part by a host of Tea Party candidates who won …

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Texas Lawmakers Consider Minimum Wage Hike

Apr 8, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

FULL VIDEO HERE The minimum wage debate is back at the state Capitol. “It is way past time to raise the minimum wage,” Becky Moeller, president of Texas AFL-CIO, said. Texas workers are currently paid an hourly wage of at least $7.25, the federal minimum wage standard. “With that you can’t even pay your rent …

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House Democrats Push Minimum Wage Hike

Apr 8, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune Claudia Colon, single mother of a 4-year-old son, cleans between 35 and 40 guest rooms a day at an Austin hotel. She makes $8.25 an hour, or $330 a week. “Can you imagine what it feels like to have a full-time job and not have enough money to take care of your children?” Colon, …

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Lawmaker Wants Eye on Discrimination at Universities

Mar 30, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Bobby Blanchard, March 30, 2015 In the wake of reports of hazing and racial discrimination in higher education nationwide, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, has filed an amendment to the House budget that would place Texas fraternities and sororities under additional state scrutiny. The amendment stipulates that all incidents of gender, ethnic or racial discrimination …

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Bill to treat private university police same as public

Mar 30, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

  By Charles Gonzalez, KSAT SAN ANTONIO - State representatives will soon debate SB 308, which would make private-university campus police departments government entities subject to the Texas Open Records Act. The bill, filed by Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) rose out of a 2013 case involving Rice University police who were shown on video using batons on …

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LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP UPDATE

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

As we approach the midpoint of the 84th Legislative Session, please join State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer as he brings back a piece of the Capitol home to the people of San Antonio. Discussions will include the upcoming budget vote, as well as the values and needs of our community. Let us hear from you! …

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Abbott employs charm offensive at halfway point of session

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News AUSTIN — Over a recent lunch of chicken enchiladas at the Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dennis Bonnen discussed a fresh initiative: a puppy play date for their respective canines. The moment provides more than a detail for dog lovers. It’s one …

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High-rise sprinkler reporting bill filed in state House

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Van Darden SAN ANTONIO – A bill that would require local governments and fire departments to report information on high-rise buildings in their jurisdictions not equipped with fire protection sprinkler systems to the state fire marshal has been introduced in the Texas House by San Antonio Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-District 116). “I filed this …

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House Gives Tentative OK to Broad Border Security Bill

Mar 18, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Julián Aguilar  March 18, 2015 Texas House members overwhelmingly gave tentative approval to a sweeping border-security measure on Wednesday following about four hours of debate on the measure’s costs, accountability mechanisms and whether it will stain the image of border cities. House Bill 11 by state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, would increase over two years the number of …

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