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 committee OKs limits on abortion insurance coverage
 A Senate committee on Saturday approved a bill to ban standard abortion coverage in private insurance plans, as well as plans offered to state employees and under the Affordable Care Act, during a rare weekend hearing at the Capitol. Under Senate Bill 8, women who want insurance to cover the cost of an abortion would have to purchase separate...

Posted: a day ago

A Senate committee on Saturday approved a bill to ban standard abortion coverage in private insurance plans, as well as plans offered to state employees and under the Affordable Care Act, during a rare weekend hearing at the Capitol. Under Senate Bill 8, women who want insurance to cover the cost of an abortion would have to purchase separate...
Texas Senate committee approves transgender bathroom bill
 During an 11-hour hearing that lasted into the night, the Capitol rang once again Friday with voices debating legislation to ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies by local governments and public schools and prohibit transgender athletes from competing in public school sports that match their gender identification. And although most witnesses...

Posted: 2 days ago

During an 11-hour hearing that lasted into the night, the Capitol rang once again Friday with voices debating legislation to ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies by local governments and public schools and prohibit transgender athletes from competing in public school sports that match their gender identification. And although most witnesses...
SPECIAL SESSION: Committee approves transgender bathroom bill
 8 p.m. update: Voting almost 11 hours after the public hearing began, a Senate committee approved a bill that would ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies in schools and local governments. The 8-1 vote late Friday sets Senate Bill 3 up for a vote by the full Senate as early as Monday. All Republicans on the State Affairs Committee...

Posted: 2 days ago

8 p.m. update: Voting almost 11 hours after the public hearing began, a Senate committee approved a bill that would ban transgender-friendly bathroom policies in schools and local governments. The 8-1 vote late Friday sets Senate Bill 3 up for a vote by the full Senate as early as Monday. All Republicans on the State Affairs Committee...
Texas transgender bathroom fight takes center stage
 The fight over transgender bathroom policies took center stage Thursday, hours after an unusual midnight meeting of the Texas Senate allowed Gov. Greg Abbott to expand the special legislative session’s agenda to include a host of conservative priorities. The Texas Association of Business, a leading foe of efforts to restrict transgender-friendly...

Posted: 3 days ago

The fight over transgender bathroom policies took center stage Thursday, hours after an unusual midnight meeting of the Texas Senate allowed Gov. Greg Abbott to expand the special legislative session’s agenda to include a host of conservative priorities. The Texas Association of Business, a leading foe of efforts to restrict transgender-friendly...
Abortion providers sue to overturn Texas law
 Texas abortion providers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a new Texas law that will limit the most commonly used second-trimester procedure. The restriction, included in Senate Bill 8’s sweeping abortion regulations that were approved during the closing days of the Legislature’s regular session in May...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas abortion providers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a new Texas law that will limit the most commonly used second-trimester procedure. The restriction, included in Senate Bill 8’s sweeping abortion regulations that were approved during the closing days of the Legislature’s regular session in May...
Lawsuit by abortion providers targets new Texas restriction
 Texas abortion providers and advocates filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a new Texas law that will limit the most commonly used second-trimester procedure. The restriction, included in sweeping abortion regulations approved in the closing days of the Legislature’s regular session in May, is set to take effect...

Posted: 3 days ago

Texas abortion providers and advocates filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a new Texas law that will limit the most commonly used second-trimester procedure. The restriction, included in sweeping abortion regulations approved in the closing days of the Legislature’s regular session in May, is set to take effect...
SPECIAL SESSION: $1 million ad buy to target transgender bathroom bill
 One day before a Senate committee hearing on a bill to limit transgender-friendly bathroom polices, the Texas Association of Business on Thursday announced a $1 million radio ad campaign targeting the legislation as an unnecessary distraction “from the real challenges we face.” Also Thursday, leaders of the national Episcopal...

Posted: 3 days ago

One day before a Senate committee hearing on a bill to limit transgender-friendly bathroom polices, the Texas Association of Business on Thursday announced a $1 million radio ad campaign targeting the legislation as an unnecessary distraction “from the real challenges we face.” Also Thursday, leaders of the national Episcopal...
Gov. Abbott expands special session after Senate’s midnight action
 Voting shortly after midnight, the Texas Senate gave final approval to two “sunset” bills that will allow five state regulatory agencies, including the Texas Medical Board, to continue operating until 2019. After a short wait, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he had expanded the list of topics available to be considered in the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Voting shortly after midnight, the Texas Senate gave final approval to two “sunset” bills that will allow five state regulatory agencies, including the Texas Medical Board, to continue operating until 2019. After a short wait, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he had expanded the list of topics available to be considered in the...
Senate puts pedal to metal with midnight vote, fast hearings
 Moving with haste that Democrats called unseemly, Republicans in the Texas Senate set an aggressive pace Wednesday, giving initial approval to two key bills before committing to return at one minute past midnight to give them final passage. The unusual schedule was designed to set the Senate on a path toward approving all 20 of Gov. Greg...

Posted: 4 days ago

Moving with haste that Democrats called unseemly, Republicans in the Texas Senate set an aggressive pace Wednesday, giving initial approval to two key bills before committing to return at one minute past midnight to give them final passage. The unusual schedule was designed to set the Senate on a path toward approving all 20 of Gov. Greg...
Senate puts pedal to metal with midnight vote, fast hearings
 Moving with haste that Democrats called unseemly, Republicans in the Texas Senate set an aggressive pace, giving initial approval to two key bills Wednesday before returning to the Capitol shortly after midnight to finish work on the legislation. The unusual schedule was designed to set the Senate on a path toward approving all 20 of Gov...

Posted: 4 days ago

Moving with haste that Democrats called unseemly, Republicans in the Texas Senate set an aggressive pace, giving initial approval to two key bills Wednesday before returning to the Capitol shortly after midnight to finish work on the legislation. The unusual schedule was designed to set the Senate on a path toward approving all 20 of Gov...
Senate coming back at midnight to speed passage of 2 key bills

Posted: 4 days ago

The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave initial approval to two key “sunset” bills and will return one minute after midnight to give final passage. The unusual schedule, meant to underscore Senate Republicans’ commitment to quickly passing all 20 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s special session agenda items, was set after Democrats...