Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, May 10, 2023:
As the Texas legislative session nears its end on Memorial Day, lawmakers are working to meet deadlines and shepherd bills through the process. University of North Texas political science professor Kimi Lynn King shares what to watch for over the next 2 1/2 weeks.
It passed out of committee, but ‘raise the age’ bill may elude gun control advocates
A Texas House panel passed a bill to raise the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic weapon, but the bill may not progress further. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán explores the reasons:
The latest on the migrant increase in El Paso ahead of Title 42’s expiration
Hundreds of migrants are ready for Border Patrol processing in El Paso. They are part of a surge related to Thursday’s expiration of the pandemic-era policy Title 42. KTEP’s Aaron Montes has more:
The Federal Reserve’s recent report analyzing the failures of Silicon Valley Bank calls for strengthening the organization’s supervision and regulation. The Brookings Institution’s Aaron Klein argues the Fed should leave regulation to others and stick to setting interest rates. He joins us today.
Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong has been reminiscing about a 400-mile road trip that took him across all of Texas with his older brother, “Redneck Dave.” Today, he recalls their family journey.
English teacher Wayne Woodward was fired back in 1975. His offense: starting a local chapter of the ACLU in his small Texas town. His story illuminates the rural-urban divide that still affects politics today and is the focus of “You Will Never Be One of Us: A Teacher, a Texas Town, and the Rural Roots of Radical Conservatism.” Author Paul Bowman joins us today.
Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, considers himself a bridge builder. He’s worked with Democrats on immigration and clashed with his own party over border policy. The Texas Tribune’s Matthew Choi joins us to talk about Gonzales and his re-election bid in 2024.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.