Grading the Texas Legislature’s second Special Session: F for failing to provide property tax relief

Grading the Texas Legislature’s second Special Session: F for failing to provide property tax relief

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, September 7 – The Texas Legislature’s second Special Session adjourned on Thursday, September 2, 2021, without passing meaningful property tax relief, even though the two special sessions had begun with promises by Speaker of the House Dade Phelan and Lieutenant Government Dan Patrick that Texans had the best opportunity […]

Election integrity, bail reform measures pass Texas Legislature with Governor Abbott intending to sign into law

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, September 1 – Senate Bill 1, which will improve the integrity of elections in Texas, and Senate Bill 6, also known as the Damon Allen Act, which will reform the broken bail system in Texas, both passed in the Texas Legislature yesterday, August 31, 2021. Governor Greg Abbott has indicated he’ll […]

BREAKING NEWS! Governor Abbott issues proclamation for eleven Special Session agenda items

BREAKING NEWS! The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, July 7 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation identifying eleven (11) agenda items for the Special Session of the Texas Legislature, which will commence on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 10 a.m. Abbott’s call includes “election integrity” and a Texas Federation of Republican Women attempt […]

The Golden Hammer rates 87th Texas Legislature: The “Big Five” Votes in both Senate, House

The Golden Hammer rates 87th Texas Legislature: The “Big Five” Votes in both Senate, House

Image: Only six (6) of the one hundred and eighty-one (181) members of the Texas Legislature received perfect scores for the “Big Five” votes during the Texas Legislature. All of them were members of the Texas House of Representatives, including Steve Toth, Republican of The Woodlands, who enjoyed a remarkably productive and successful sesssion despite […]

Mediocre 87th Texas Legislature gavels to close; special session coming

Mediocre 87th Texas Legislature gavels to close; special session coming

Image: An almost empty Texas House of Representatives shown at mid-day on Monday, May 31, 2021, perfectly symbolizes the mediocre 87th Texas Legislature. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, June 1 – The 87th Texas Legislature gaveled to a close yesterday, Monday, May 31, 2021, with a mediocre Legislative Session at best. Although the ultra-liberal New […]

Legislature brings end to Texas’ Rule Against Perpetuities to allow Texas trust institutions to compete in national marketplace

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, May 11 – The Texas Senate passed Texas’ repeal of the Rule Against Perpetuities to allow Texas trust institutions to compete more successfully in the national marketplace for trust business. The legislation to repeal the ancient property rule, which originated in Great Britain in 1682, came as a result […]

Creighton leads Texas Senate towards passage of priority issues

Creighton leads Texas Senate towards passage of priority issues

Image: Texas Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Austin, February 4 – Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, has focused on passage of priority issues during the 87th Texas Legislative Session, including several of the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities. Creighton sat down with The Golden […]

States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin and Salt Lake City, January 25 — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. The most prominent proposal came from Texas State Senator […]

Despite AG Paxton’s admonishments about First Amendment rights, Texas House moves to limit citizen information about 87th Legislature in two key votes

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin, January 15 – Despite the efforts of conservative Republican State Representatives and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a coalition of liberal Republicans and Democrats defeated a number of procedural votes to make Texas House of Representatives proceedings more open to the public, despite the Chinese Coronavirus, during the 87th […]

Most expect little from 87th Legislative Session, which opens today

Most expect little from 87th Legislative Session, which opens today

Image: The Capitol of the State of Texas in Austin. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Austin and Montgomery County, January 12 – Texas citizens have low expectations for the 87th Session of the Texas Legislature which opens today. The opening day ceremonies will begin with a high dose of fear among the elected representatives. Lieutenant Governor […]