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Texas House Calls On Texas A&M Chancellor To Halt White Nationalist Rally

Aug 14, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

After a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent over the weekend, Texas House members on Monday called upon the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System to stop a planned "White Lives Matter" rally from taking place on the College Station campus.

House Backs Giddings Measure Targeting 'Lunch Shaming'

May 24, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

After several failed attempts and compromises during the legislative session — and a heated debate with members of the House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday — Rep. Helen Giddings succeeded in getting the House to pass a measure that targets "lunch shaming" in schools.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott was in Arlington Tuesday to talk with local lawmakers about his priorities heading into his new job and the January legislative session.

Courtney Collins / KERA News

Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela turned 95 Thursday and North Texas held a party in his honor.

Office of Texas Attorney General

One of the bills awaiting Gov. Perry’s signature, House Bill 1009, would allow trained school employees to use firearms to respond to threats.

State lawmakers are more than a third of the way through their session and key legislation is beginning to take shape. 

As a member of three powerful committees Rep. Helen Giddings of Dallas is among a few House Democrats positioned to influence some of the biggest bills.  She talked with KERA about some of the latest developments and her priorities.