Perry calls another special legislative session to take up abortion

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AUSTIN, Texas, June 26 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature after a special session ended without passage of a bill restricting abortion in Texas.
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HOUSTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Civic leaders and politicians in Houston say they are opposed to proposed Texas license plates that would bear an image of the Confederate flag.

Round 2 for failed Texas smoking ban bill

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Backers of a failed bill to ban smoking in Texas say they'll bring the bill back and opponents say they'll fight it again, calling it government intrusion.

Board criticized for evolution teaching

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A Texas lawmaker says the State Board of Education should be stripped of its authority for favoring religion over science when it comes to teaching evolution.

Texas will re-examine 2004 execution

HOUSTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Texas authorities Friday agreed to look into whether the state executed an innocent man when it put Cameron Willingham to death in 2004.

Man's execution challenged in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, May 3 (UPI) -- A petition has been filed in Austin, Texas, for a re-examination of evidence in a 15-year-old arson to determine if an innocent man was executed.

Gay marriage ban delayed in Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas, May 17 (UPI) -- A proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Texas has been delayed in the Legislature as the session's end nears. Democrat Rodney Ellis used a parliamentary maneuver to delay a Senate hearing on the House-passed amendment for up to

Wrongly convicted man seeks compensation

AUSTIN, Texas, March 22 (UPI) -- A Texas man who spent four years in prison for a rape he did not commit is having trouble getting state compensation.

Texas senators want sentencing changes

AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 (UPI) -- Two Texas senators Friday urged swift action on legislation to change the state's sentencing laws in light of the new ban on executing juvenile killers. Sens. Rodney Ellis and Eddie Lucio, both Democrats, asked Republican Gov. Rick Perry to designate eme

Texas ruling backs college student voting

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled Wednesday students at Prairie View A&M University who want to register and vote there must be allowed to do so.

Defection weakens Texas boycott

ALBUQUERQUE, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A defection weakened the holdout of Texas Democratic senators in New Mexico but they refuse to give up their boycott against GOP redistricting plans.

Tulia defendants freed by Texas law

AUSTIN, Texas, June 2 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation Monday that will free 13 residents of Tulia, Texas, who were arrested on questionable drug charges four years ago.

Crime lab crackdown urged in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, March 26 (UPI) -- A Texas state senator Wednesday called for regulation of crime labs to ensure there are no more mistakes in the processing of DNA evidence like those at the Hou

Rodney Glenn Ellis (born 7 April 1954) Occupation: Partner - Rice Financial Products Company; Shareholder - The Tagos Group; Of Counsel - Reaud, Morgan, & Quinn Education: Texas Southern University, B.A.; Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, M.P.A.; University of Texas School of Law, J.D. Legislative Experience: Senate Member, 1990 - Present Hometown: Houston Party: Democrat

Rodney Ellis was elected to the Texas Senate in 1990. During his tenure, Senator Ellis has earned praise as a legislative leader on economic development, education, civil rights, tax cuts for the middle class, criminal justice, and workforce development issues.

Senator Ellis has passed over 400 pieces of legislation. One of his most notable accomplishments includes passage of the TEXAS Grant program, which has disbursed almost $1.5 billion in tuition and fees to over 161,000 students. The program continues to educate students for the improvement of the Texas workforce. Senator Ellis passed a middle class tax relief bill that created a 3-day sales tax holiday and provided businesses franchise tax relief for job creation, capital investment, and research and development. The bill has saved taxpayers over $3.2 billion--$2.4 billion in sales tax savings on several items, including energy efficient appliances; school clothing, shoes, and backpacks; nonprescription medicines; and over $800 million in franchise tax savings for job credits, research and development credits, and small business credits.

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