June 23, 2015

Winners' Circle

The Results of the 2015 Texas Better Newspaper Contest

Download a pdf of the Winners' Circle Publication

Logos for winning newspapers: eps pdf... read more

June 29, 2015

Can a newspaper decline to run same-sex wedding announcements?

Attorney's Opinion by Alicia Calzada, Haynes & Boone, LLP

With the release of Friday’s historic United States Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges declaring the right of same-sex couples to marry, some in the newspaper industry are left wondering whether a newspaper may decline to publish same-sex wedding announcements. The opinion itself... read more

June 29, 2015

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

AUSTIN — Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.

The high court, in ruling against the plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell, upheld the constitutionality of a federal... read more

June 23, 2015

Volunteers are needed to judge the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association's advertising contest. Volunteering to judge is a great way to see the most innovative ideas from newspapers in other parts of the country.

June 22, 2015

Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature.  He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done.

Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned... read more

June 15, 2015

Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.

HB 2 and its provisions may be applied throughout Texas, the panel stated in a 56-page ruling, but drew two narrow exceptions: (1) a health... read more

June 8, 2015

Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.
By June 1, the last day of the Legislature’s 84th regular session, some 819 House bills and 504 Senate bills earned final passage, plus two House... read more

June 3, 2015

Summer retreat will feature experts in national security, technology, oil and gas and mental health

Texas Press Association members will convene in Austin June 18-20 for the 2015 TPA Leadership Retreat. The retreat will begin June 18 with the Robert Burns Golf Classic, benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation, followed by three days of inspiring speakers, critical group discussions and fun.  

To... read more

June 1, 2015

Dear TPA members,

 

Texas Press Association staff members are preparing a detailed report on the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, which ends today. Look for the in-depth report in our e-newsletter in the next few days. In the meantime, here's the Readers Digest version of how newspapers fared this session:

 

1. TPA publishers, editors and reporters were instrumental in helping pass SB 627, which provides... read more