2:11 PM Mar 21, 2019 CDT

Update: State Senate unanimously passes disaster relief bill package

Senate Bill 7 , authored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe,   passed unanimously March 20, along with SB 6 and SB 8 as part of a multibillion dollar package, which heads to the Texas House for consideration next.


Houston City Council proceedings stall almost entirely as a result of Proposition B debate

For the second Houston City Council meeting in a row, District D Council Member Dwight Boykins utilized a controversial method March 20 to stall proceedings by “tagging,” or postponing, all new items on the agenda.


Firefighters march on city hall to rally opposition to Prop. B layoffs

Hundreds of Houston Fire Department firefighters, retirees and family members marched on City Hall Tuesday, protesting impending layoffs within the department.



With Prop. B case pending, firefighter layoff notices will be issued in April, mayor confirms

The city of Houston will begin issuing 400 to 500 layoff notices for firefighters and municipal workers in April, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said.


Houston firefighters union not likely to agree to a shift change to implement Prop. B, president says

Editor's note: This story was updated to clarify staffing levels at the Houston Fire Department. 


Debate continues over prioritization of flood bond projects at Harris County Commissioners Court

Residents and local leaders continue to debate what equity looks like in Harris County when it comes to prioritizing $2.5 billion worth of flood mitigation projects in a county with a population of more than 4.6 million people from all levels of the socioeconomic spectrum.


Houston fire chief: Department could absorb 240 layoffs with no impact on service

Faced with voter-approved pay raises , Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña told neighborhood leaders he would not have to lay off any firefighters or reduce service if he were able to phase in the reduction of staff over time.



Senate members file triple bill package for Harvey, future disaster recovery

This article has been updated to include new comments from Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe.


BREAKING: Harris County’s countywide polling place program application approved

Harris County voters will now be able to cast their ballot at any of the 700 polling locations countywide, both during early voting and on election day, beginning with the May 4 joint election, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced in a news release.


Proposed bill directs $9 billion towards statewide school finance, property tax reform

A newly-filed school finance reform bill in the 86th Texas Legislature—House Bill 3—aims to restructure the state’s school finance system by directing $9 billion towards Texas school funding and lowering school property taxes.


New report promotes criteria for buyouts to increase flood resiliency

Government buyouts of properties in clusters or properties close to existing open spaces can result in environmental and economic gains for communities anticipating flooding, according to a study released today by The Nature Conservancy and Texas A&M University.