John C. Moritz,

John C. Moritz

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by John:

Should 'puppy mill' animals be sold in pet stores? Why one Texas conservative says no

The bill that would target "puppy mill" sales in Texas pet stores died in the 2021 legislative session. So the bill author is trying again. → Read More

Texas Senate unanimously passes gun safety bill, but Democrats still say more are needed

The bill would require courts to send mental health information to the government agency that does criminal background checks for gun purchasers. → Read More

Foreign land ownership bill modified to exempt legal residents, but hard feelings linger

Immigrants who testified before a Senate committee said the foreign ownership bill sends an unwelcoming message. → Read More

Texas House Speaker Phelan lays out seven priorities for 2023 legislative session

Priority bills by the leader of a legislative chamber are generally fast-tracked through the lawmaking process. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott: Sports betting 'just a form of entertainment'

Sports betting legislation is awaiting action in both the Texas House and Senate. The Republican governor said he is not standing in the way of such measures. → Read More

Texas legislation would prohibit many COVID-19 restrictions, including vaccine mandates

The package of bills by Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst was given fast-track status by Gov. Greg Abbott for the 2023 legislative session. → Read More

Gov. Abbott lays out seven emergency actions for lawmakers in State of the State address

In announcing his legislative emergencies, Gov. Abbott cleared the way for bills on those topics to be fast-tracked in both the House and Senate. → Read More

Why federal red tape could get in the way of plugging dangerous abandoned oil wells in Texas

Texas oil and gas regulators worry that federal money could add bureaucracy to the state's oil well-plugging effort. → Read More

State of State attendees were asked to sign nondisclosure agreement, but request was rescinded

Only invited guests will be allowed at the event that traditionally had been held during a joint session of the Legislature inside the Texas Capitol. → Read More

Why limiting media access in the Capitol separates the governed from the government

With more restrictions on reporters covering the Legislature, politicians decide what the people should and should not know about their government. → Read More

Abbott will give State of the State address next week in San Marcos, not at the Capitol

Instead of speaking during a joint session of the Legislature, Gov. Greg Abbott will give the address at a chamber of commerce venue in San Marcos. → Read More

Harry Whittington, the Austin lawyer shot by Dick Cheney in South Texas, dies at 95

Whittington, a Republican pioneer in Texas, remained active into his 90s despite the hunting accident when he was 78. → Read More

Gov. Greg Abbott gives Texas agencies until Feb. 15 to implement plans to ban TikTok

Abbott has cited concerns that the Chinese-owned company could access Texas and U.S. information and pose a threat to critical infrastructure. → Read More

Democrats push back against bill to limit foreign land ownership in Texas

The bill's author and Gov. Greg Abbott say changes will be made to protect immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship. → Read More

Proposed law would bar China, Russia, Iran and N. Korea from owning property in Texas

Foreign entities' ownership of Texas real estate "is highly disturbing and raises red flags," says the author of Senate Bill 147. → Read More

Is Confederate Heroes Day still appropriate for Texas? One lawmaker says no

Confederate Heroes Day often coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. One lawmaker says it's time to end that incongruity. → Read More

The 88th Legislature convenes with state coffers brimming and Republicans still in charge

The House chose Beaumont Republican Dade Phelan as speaker, keeping intact the Republican leadership term with Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick. → Read More

When the Legislature is in session, the lives of every Texan will be affected

The Texas Legislature starts slow and ends fast, and there's no escaping the consequences of its actions. → Read More

Supreme Court gives both parties time to find Title 42 solution. Will they take advantage?

A Supreme Court decision on Title 42 might take months. That gives Congress and President Biden time to address immigration. → Read More

Gov. Abbott pushes back on Christmas migrant bus criticism as nation awaits Title 42 ruling

Nearly 16,000 migrants have been bused from Texas to cities run by Democratic mayors, Gov. Greg Abbott says. → Read More