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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

Senate filibuster kills annexation bill at midnight deadline
 Update 12:01 a.m.: Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, successfully spoke for almost two hours and 20 minutes Sunday night, killing an annexation measure by keeping the Texas Senate from voting on Senate Bill 715 until after a midnight deadline. Update 10:45 p.m.: On the eve of the final day of the 140-day regular legislative...

Posted: 26 minutes ago

Update 12:01 a.m.: Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, successfully spoke for almost two hours and 20 minutes Sunday night, killing an annexation measure by keeping the Texas Senate from voting on Senate Bill 715 until after a midnight deadline. Update 10:45 p.m.: On the eve of the final day of the 140-day regular legislative...
Texas House, Senate spat signals that special session is likely
 The long-simmering contest of wills between Republican leaders of the Texas House and Senate exploded Sunday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rejected a House fix designed to keep five state agencies functioning, including the board that licenses the state’s medical doctors. Calling the House solution woefully inadequate, Patrick said the only...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The long-simmering contest of wills between Republican leaders of the Texas House and Senate exploded Sunday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rejected a House fix designed to keep five state agencies functioning, including the board that licenses the state’s medical doctors. Calling the House solution woefully inadequate, Patrick said the only...
Abortion-related amendment removed, pet-cruelty bill passes
 An animal-cruelty bill was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday after a conference committee removed an abortion-related amendment that would have gutted the measure. Senate Bill 762 was requested by prosecutors who were having difficulty pursing “the most vile animal cruelty cases” under existing law, said Sen. Jose Mené...

Posted: 3 hours ago

An animal-cruelty bill was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday after a conference committee removed an abortion-related amendment that would have gutted the measure. Senate Bill 762 was requested by prosecutors who were having difficulty pursing “the most vile animal cruelty cases” under existing law, said Sen. Jose Mené...
House, Senate squabble points to special session
 The long-simmering contest of wills between Republican leaders of the Texas House and Senate exploded Sunday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rejected a House fix designed to keep five state agencies functioning, including the board that licenses the state’s medical doctors. Calling the House solution woefully inadequate, Patrick said the only...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The long-simmering contest of wills between Republican leaders of the Texas House and Senate exploded Sunday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rejected a House fix designed to keep five state agencies functioning, including the board that licenses the state’s medical doctors. Calling the House solution woefully inadequate, Patrick said the only...
Most Texas House changes kept in voter ID bill
 The voter ID bill emerged from conference committee Saturday with many of the House amendments intact — but with a compromise on the criminal penalty for lying on a document that allows registered voters to cast a ballot without a government-issued photo ID. The reworked bill will next be presented to the Senate and House for approval...

Posted: a day ago

The voter ID bill emerged from conference committee Saturday with many of the House amendments intact — but with a compromise on the criminal penalty for lying on a document that allows registered voters to cast a ballot without a government-issued photo ID. The reworked bill will next be presented to the Senate and House for approval...
Texas Senate resurrects school finance, ‘school choice’ bill
 House Bill 21, the school finance and school choice bill that was declared dead earlier this week, might have been resurrected. Without much discussion, the Texas Senate on Saturday appointed senators to a conference committee to hash out differences in the bill with members of the House, who were appointed on Wednesday. Without a compromise...

Posted: a day ago

House Bill 21, the school finance and school choice bill that was declared dead earlier this week, might have been resurrected. Without much discussion, the Texas Senate on Saturday appointed senators to a conference committee to hash out differences in the bill with members of the House, who were appointed on Wednesday. Without a compromise...
Fear of lawsuits prompts late change to Senate bill
 Language was stripped out of a relatively minor bill that would allow businesses to sue over local ordinances that affect their operations, including bars and strip clubs impeded by zoning or noise regulations, the Texas Municipal League said in an alert issued Saturday morning. Soon after, the Senate author of the bill — intended to...

Posted: a day ago

Language was stripped out of a relatively minor bill that would allow businesses to sue over local ordinances that affect their operations, including bars and strip clubs impeded by zoning or noise regulations, the Texas Municipal League said in an alert issued Saturday morning. Soon after, the Senate author of the bill — intended to...
Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session
 Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students...

Posted: 2 days ago

Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students...
Sweeping abortion regulations sent to Gov. Abbott
 Eleven months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned abortion regulations that would have left only nine clinics open in Texas, sweeping new restrictions are on their way to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Voting 22-9, the Texas Senate on Friday gave final approval to Senate Bill 8, which requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated...

Posted: 2 days ago

Eleven months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned abortion regulations that would have left only nine clinics open in Texas, sweeping new restrictions are on their way to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Voting 22-9, the Texas Senate on Friday gave final approval to Senate Bill 8, which requires fetal tissue to be buried or cremated...
Court: Texas must reveal execution drug supplier
 A state appeals court ruled Thursday that Texas prison officials must identify the pharmacy that supplies the state with drugs used in executions. Prison officials have worked for years to avoid identifying the source of its lethal-injection drugs, fearing the publicity would produce protests and threats from death penalty opponents that...

Posted: 3 days ago

A state appeals court ruled Thursday that Texas prison officials must identify the pharmacy that supplies the state with drugs used in executions. Prison officials have worked for years to avoid identifying the source of its lethal-injection drugs, fearing the publicity would produce protests and threats from death penalty opponents that...
No special session on redistricting, Ken Paxton tells court
 There will be no special legislative session on redistricting, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a federal court Thursday. The announcement came in response to a question posed last week by a three-judge panel that will determine whether the state’s maps for 36 congressional districts and 150 state House districts were drawn in...

Posted: 3 days ago

There will be no special legislative session on redistricting, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a federal court Thursday. The announcement came in response to a question posed last week by a three-judge panel that will determine whether the state’s maps for 36 congressional districts and 150 state House districts were drawn in...