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Chuck Lindell

State Capitol reporter

Chuck Lindell covers legal issues, appellate courts, politics, the Texas Senate and criminal justice. Since arriving in Austin in 1989, Lindell has covered religion, Austin city government, the region's rapid population growth in addition to investigative reporting. He also was the Statesman's correspondent in Washington, D.C., from 2001-05. Lindell lives in Austin with his wife and two kids. He's an avid poker player who's into astronomy and is waging a lonely campaign to rid the paper of its ridiculous astrology column. 

Latest from Chuck Lindell

Court asked to block Texas congressional map for 2018 election
 Texas should be blocked from using a map of congressional districts that was found to have been drawn in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act, a federal court was told Thursday. The motion, filed with a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, follows a March 10 ruling that invalidated three districts, including one in...

Posted: a day ago

Texas should be blocked from using a map of congressional districts that was found to have been drawn in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act, a federal court was told Thursday. The motion, filed with a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, follows a March 10 ruling that invalidated three districts, including one in...
Appeals court upholds Texas cigarette tax
 Dismissing a lawsuit filed by small tobacco companies, an Austin-based appeals court ruled Friday that state regulators could impose a special tax on cigarette makers that weren’t part of a multibillion-dollar settlement reached with Big Tobacco in the late 1990s. The ruling by the 3rd Court of Appeals upheld a 2013 state law that placed...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Dismissing a lawsuit filed by small tobacco companies, an Austin-based appeals court ruled Friday that state regulators could impose a special tax on cigarette makers that weren’t part of a multibillion-dollar settlement reached with Big Tobacco in the late 1990s. The ruling by the 3rd Court of Appeals upheld a 2013 state law that placed...
Bastrop fire lawsuits can continue, court rules
 A state appeals court ruled Friday that lawsuits by Bastrop County property owners can continue against a tree-pruning company alleged to have contributed to the 2011 fire that destroyed more than 1,600 homes. The lawsuits, part of a complex body of legal action after the fire, accused Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of negligence in maintaining...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A state appeals court ruled Friday that lawsuits by Bastrop County property owners can continue against a tree-pruning company alleged to have contributed to the 2011 fire that destroyed more than 1,600 homes. The lawsuits, part of a complex body of legal action after the fire, accused Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of negligence in maintaining...
NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Bastrop fire lawsuits can continue, court rules
 A state appeals court ruled Friday that lawsuits by Bastrop County property owners can continue against a tree-pruning company alleged to have contributed to the 2011 fire that destroyed more than 1,600 homes. The lawsuits, part of a complex body of legal action after the fire, accused Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of negligence in maintaining...

Posted: 16 hours ago

A state appeals court ruled Friday that lawsuits by Bastrop County property owners can continue against a tree-pruning company alleged to have contributed to the 2011 fire that destroyed more than 1,600 homes. The lawsuits, part of a complex body of legal action after the fire, accused Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of negligence in maintaining...
15% of UT women report being raped, Capitol hearing reveals
 A survey of University of Texas undergraduates found that 15 percent of women reported being raped while enrolled at the Austin campus. The survey result, revealed Thursday during a Capitol hearing on four bills to address what was described as an “epidemic” of sexual assaults on college campuses, jolted several senators and brought...

Posted: a day ago

A survey of University of Texas undergraduates found that 15 percent of women reported being raped while enrolled at the Austin campus. The survey result, revealed Thursday during a Capitol hearing on four bills to address what was described as an “epidemic” of sexual assaults on college campuses, jolted several senators and brought...
Texas state senators meet Trump for health care discussion
 Two Texas state senators, both physicians, took part Wednesday in a White House panel on women in health care — attended by President Donald Trump — in preparation for Thursday’s U.S. House vote on the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. “Unfortunately, Obamacare is making it much harder for all of the doctors, nurses...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two Texas state senators, both physicians, took part Wednesday in a White House panel on women in health care — attended by President Donald Trump — in preparation for Thursday’s U.S. House vote on the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. “Unfortunately, Obamacare is making it much harder for all of the doctors, nurses...
Texas senators meet Trump for health care discussion
 Two Texas state senators, both physicians, took part Wednesday in a White House panel on women in health care — attended by President Donald Trump — in preparation for Thursday’s U.S. House vote on the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. “Unfortunately, Obamacare is making it much harder for all of the doctors, nurses...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two Texas state senators, both physicians, took part Wednesday in a White House panel on women in health care — attended by President Donald Trump — in preparation for Thursday’s U.S. House vote on the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. “Unfortunately, Obamacare is making it much harder for all of the doctors, nurses...
Senate approves bill opposed to boycott of Israel
 The Texas Senate on Wednesday approved legislation banning state contracts and investment in companies that boycott Israel. Senate Bill 29, sent to the Texas House on a 25-4 vote, was a response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to change Israeli policy toward Palestinians. Texas should not do business with companies...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Texas Senate on Wednesday approved legislation banning state contracts and investment in companies that boycott Israel. Senate Bill 29, sent to the Texas House on a 25-4 vote, was a response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to change Israeli policy toward Palestinians. Texas should not do business with companies...
Texas Senate gives initial OK to ban on abortion insurance
 The Texas Senate, voting 19-10, gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would ban insurance coverage for abortions in the state. Senate Bill 20 by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would prohibit abortion coverage in private plans, under the Affordable Care Act and in state-issued insurance plans, except for medical emergencies. Those...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Texas Senate, voting 19-10, gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would ban insurance coverage for abortions in the state. Senate Bill 20 by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would prohibit abortion coverage in private plans, under the Affordable Care Act and in state-issued insurance plans, except for medical emergencies. Those...
Ben Crenshaw backing bill to transfer Muny from UT to state parks unit
 Pro golfer Ben Crenshaw testified Tuesday in support of proposed state legislation that would remove Lions Municipal Golf Course from University of Texas ownership to prevent potential development of the historic West Austin site. The two-time Masters winner and three-time NCAA champion at UT, who grew up playing at the course, said its value...

Posted: 3 days ago

Pro golfer Ben Crenshaw testified Tuesday in support of proposed state legislation that would remove Lions Municipal Golf Course from University of Texas ownership to prevent potential development of the historic West Austin site. The two-time Masters winner and three-time NCAA champion at UT, who grew up playing at the course, said its value...
Bill requiring classroom instruction on police interaction advances
 Responding to a rash of violent encounters between police and the public, a Texas Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would require high school instruction on how best to interact with officers during traffic stops and other situations. The goal is to avoid or defuse confrontations by teaching students what is expected of them during...

Posted: 3 days ago

Responding to a rash of violent encounters between police and the public, a Texas Senate committee approved a bill Tuesday that would require high school instruction on how best to interact with officers during traffic stops and other situations. The goal is to avoid or defuse confrontations by teaching students what is expected of them during...