Leticia Van de Putte

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The State Senate Approved a Massive Anti-Abortion Bill

    And there it is: Late last night, the Senate approved SB 5, a massive set of abortion restrictions that combine all the worst parts of most every anti-abortion bill filed in the regular session of the legislature. Well, all the worst parts, with one notable exception: The bill's author, Republican S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    New Law Allows Distilleries to Sell for Off-Site Drinking; Breweries Only Segment That's Still Not Allowed

    Good news for craft distilleries in Texas: Recently, the governor signed a law that allows distillers to sell a limited amount of liquor directly to consumers for off-site consumption. The legislation was authored by Senators John Carona, Leticia Van de Putte and Kevin Eltife, the same three who al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Dallas LGBT Activist C.d. Kirven Arrested This Morning in Austin After Sit-In at the Capitol

    The Dallas Voice is reporting that local LGBT activist C.d. Kirven was arrested in Austin today after a sit-in at the offices of Senators Bob Deuell and Brian Birdwell, Republicans from Greenville and Granbury respectively. Kirven is a core member of LGBT rights group GetEQUAL TX; we profiled her a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Senator John Carona's Bill Could Raise Cost of Beer Across State

    On Tuesday morning the Business and Commerce Committee convened at the capitol in Austin to discuss, among other things, the future of beer in the state of Texas. In the front of the room, some of Texas' most powerful state senators sat behind their nameplates at a long curved table. Facing them in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Dallas Senator John Carona Files Bill that Would Close a Tap for Craft Brewers

    Recently we wrote about four bills Republican state Senator Kevin Eltife of Tyler introduced that would open new revenue opportunities for craft breweries around the state. As the law stands now, Texas requires a clear separation between those who make, distribute and retail beer in Texas. None of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    A Texas State Senator Just Proposed a Ban on LGBT Employment Discrimination

    It's impossible to pin down exactly how much employment discrimination there is against the LGBT community in Texas. Equality Texas estimates that gay men and women on average make 10 percent less than their straight, married counterparts and that a quarter of transgender Texans have lost a job beca ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Rise of the DFW Brew

    Free from the hangover of the '90s craft beer bust, Dallas' small brewers cheer another round of growth.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007

    Needle Point

    This morning down in Austin, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services is set to hear public testimony on Senate Bill 308 -- which, for those not keeping score at home, is the legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) that would legalize needle-exchange programs in Texas. (Deuell, ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Go West

    With Dallas Democrats' return from the dead, state Senator Royce West is poised for bigger things, like maybe paychecks

  • News

    October 11, 2001

    Deadbeating the System

    Eight years ago, Kim Sullivan turned to the state for help collecting overdue child support. She's still waiting.

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Ring Ma Bell

    When heavyweight Southwestern Bell gets into a brawl with AT&T at the Legislature, consumers--that's you--are the ones who get beat up