Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, March 6, 2023:
New legislation related to pregnancy, abortion, and families has been filed in the Texas Legislature. What do these bills do, and what are their prospects? As he does every Monday during the session, The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán offers an update.
The Republican Party of Texas voted to censure one of its own members: Rep. Tony Gonzales. His offense? Support for the bipartisan gun law that passed after the Uvalde school shooting. (Gonzales’ district includes the city.) With more, we’re joined by Texas Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek.
What’s changed, what hasn’t in the bill to bar foreign ownership of Texas land
The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit citizens and foreign entities from China, North Korea, Iran and Russia from buying land in Texas. Texas Public Radio’s David Martin Davies has more:
For many Texans, farming can be a deeply satisfying way of life. But marketing? That’s another thing altogether, despite its importance for farmers aiming to earn a living. Sue Beckwith, founder of the Texas Center for Local Food, shares what they’re doing to help farmers market their produce.
Would a court solely designed to hear business disputes further bolster Texas’ economic climate? Texas’ top politicians think so, naming a specialty court among their top priorities this session. Critics say plans for the unelected council should go out-of-business before they start. John Moritz, USA Today Network reporter, shares the story with us.
The Blanton Museum of Art received a big gift: over 5,000 new works of art by Latino and Chicano artists. The collection is part of Blanton’s continued efforts to diversify the art world and bring visibility to Latino art. Blanton art director Simone Wicha spoke with KTEP’s Angela Kocherga about the gift.
In the ongoing uprising in Iran, tens of thousands of people have been detained and hundreds of protesters have been killed. Zahra Jafarpour, an Iranian artist and UT-Dallas student who has been watching from North Texas, shares how she uses art to speak out against the violence and oppression of women during the uprising.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.