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The Texas state House Appropriations Committee on Friday voted unanimously to bring a bill to the floor that would reinstate the funding for the Texas Legislature, the Texas Tribune reports.

Driving the news: The bipartisan vote, 21-0, represents the first step Texas legislators have made in order to restore the funding that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vetoed last month to punish Democratic lawmakers who staged a walkout to stop a GOP-backed voting reform bill from passing.

  • Abbott's veto affected the paychecks of state lawmakers, but also affected that of staff members and the budget of legislative agencies.
  • State Democrats are still awaiting a ruling from the state Supreme Court on a lawsuit they filed to revert the veto, which they argue is unconstitutional.

State of play: Lawmakers said that the funding measure was identical to the one they had worked out originally, per the Tribune.

The big picture: The vote is part of the state legislature's special session that started this week in which lawmakers plan to consider a number of conservative priorities, including new, restrictive voting bills.

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Updated Oct 15, 2021 - Axios Austin

Texas to grow hotter in coming decades

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Texas A&M; Map: Will Chase/Axios

New research by the state climatologist suggests that Central Texas will get hotter and drier in coming decades — and expect more flooding.

Worth noting: John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M atmospheric scientist and state climatologist, tells Axios that while state agency officials consult him, he never hears from the governor's office.

Oct 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate to vote on Manchin-backed voting rights proposal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, flanked by Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

The Senate will vote next week on a new voting rights bill backed by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced in a letter to colleagues on Thursday.

Why it matters: The Freedom To Vote Act is the latest attempt by Democrats to counter Republican-led measures at the state level to restrict voting access. Democrats still face the same roadblock to enacting it: the filibuster.

Scoop: U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett teases run in proposed Austin district

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett speaks at a rally at the state Capitol on June 20, 2021 in Austin. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a longtime Democratic congressman from Austin, indicated to Axios that he plans to announce his run for a seat in a newly proposed congressional district in Austin.

Why it matters: The newly crafted district, part of the redrawing of political boundaries every 10 years to account for population growth, is expected to be a safe Democratic seat that will include parts of Travis and Williamson counties.