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In the wake of the "bathroom bill" fight that generated strong business backlash, House Speaker Joe Straus is putting together a committee to make sure Texas can continue to chase new companies. 

From Texas Standard:

Following this year's contentious regular and special sessions at the Capitol, the divide between the Legislature's upper and lower chambers couldn’t be more apparent. Many of the priorities of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, like the hotly debated transgender bathroom bill and sanctuary cities law, didn't fly in the House.

John Jordan / The Texas Tribune

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus requested on Tuesday that a contentious Confederate plaque be removed from the Capitol.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Texas House Speaker Joe Straus urged business leaders Tuesday to keep up the fight following the failure of legislative efforts this year to pass a "bathroom bill" that many of them opposed.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus had their first meeting in months on Monday. 

House Speaker Joe Straus has made himself enemy No. 1 among the state’s most conservative voters. His crime? His management style.

From Texas Standard:

An article by New Yorker staff writer and Texas resident Lawrence Wright makes the case that Texas is a political bellwether. In "America's Future Is Texas," Wright argues that, indeed, as Texas goes, so goes the nation — politically speaking, at any rate.

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The figurative wrestling match between the state’s top three officials jiggled their approval ratings, but not by much, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUT

In Austin Monday, both the Texas Senate and the House adjourned, bringing the 85th legislative session to a close. That was expected since the state constitution gives the Legislature exactly 140 days to run a regular session. What wasn’t totally expected was the drama that ramped up as the session was winding down.

From Texas Standard:

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick entered the current legislative session with a long list of priorities, and a conservative wind at his back. But despite these advantages, Patrick is unlikely to get what he wants. And that’s largely because of fellow Republican and House Speaker Joe Straus.

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At the Texas Capitol in Austin, battle lines are sharpening around one of this year’s biggest fights over social issues. It’s a battle over bathrooms, specifically which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use. 

Straus: Legislators Need To Be Careful When It Comes To 'Bathroom Bill'

Jan 18, 2017
Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday further brought the battle lines over the "bathroom bill" into focus, saying lawmakers should be "very careful" about doing anything that makes the state less economically competitive.

It's just a week until the start of the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. And, while you've probably heard lots of stories about lawmaker priorities for the 140-day session, it's not always about what bills are being debated, but whether the Texas House or Senate is leading the charge.

Texas could soon follow in the footsteps of Indiana and North Carolina and pass its own "bathroom bill" in the upcoming legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made passage of such a bill, which could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, a priority.

Casey Chapman Ross

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Tuesday that lawmakers in the Capitol’s lower chamber would seek to restore funding for disabled children’s in-home therapy services during the upcoming legislative session, potentially reversing the state's course in an emotionally-fraught, year-long legal battle.

Speaker Joe Straus Calls For Immediate Special Education Overhaul

Oct 27, 2016
Alana Rocha / The Texas Tribune

House Speaker Joe Straus urged the Texas Education Agency Wednesday to immediately overhaul its system for identifying students in need of special education services.

State Leaders Order Child Protective Services Overhaul

Oct 12, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services Wednesday to ramp up efforts to protect endangered foster children and curb the backlog of ones waiting for homes.

Children, Vulnerable Should Be Focus Of Next Session, Straus Says

Sep 13, 2016
Laura Buckman / The Texas Tribune

Ensuring that children and other vulnerable Texans are not left behind as the state grows should be the focus of the next legislative session, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said on Tuesday.  

Straus Orders Texas House To Study School Finance

Jun 2, 2016
Casey Chapman Ross / Texas Tribune

Citing a recent Texas Supreme Court decision that upheld the state’s public school funding system while deeming it “undeniably imperfect," state House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday ordered representatives to study the school finance system and recommend reforms before the 2017 legislative session.

  Texas House Speaker Joe Straus easily defeated tea party candidate Jeff Judson (numbers) in House District 121, which includes Alamo Heights and parts of Northern San Antonio. The victory followed a vicious race in which Straus Jewish religion and conservatism were attacked.

In Bid For Texas House Speaker, Scott Turner Looks To Beat The Odds

Dec 17, 2014
Cooper Neill/Texas Tribune

Scott Turner has never been the type to take things slow.

In high school and college, he was known for his fast feet, a talent that led to an eight-season career in the NFL despite naysayers telling him he was too small.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Some of the nation’s most powerful Republican politicians are in Dallas this week for the annual convention of the American Legislative Exchange Council – known as ALEC. There was action inside and protests outside.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is traveling the state, rallying support for an election measure that will pay for water projects.

Dallas, TX – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says his top priority for the next legislative session is the economy. KERA's Jacqueline Fellows reports.

The San Antonio Republican told the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Thursday that he specifically wants to attract more manufacturers to the state.