83rd Legislative Sessions Kick Off in the State Capitol - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

83rd Legislative Sessions Kick Off in the State Capitol

Posted: Updated:
AUSTIN (Kiii News) -

State lawmakers were back in action on Tuesday as the 83rd legislative sessions kicked off. Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from the state capitol in Austin with more details.

It was a cold and wet day in Austin, but inside of the state capitol, things were heating up as the house chamber was packed with family, friends and well-wishers of the state representatives who were sworn into office.

Among the sea of people, our cameras were able to spot District 32 State Rep. Todd Hunter, District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero and District 43 State Rep. J.M. Lozano.

"Everybody and their families are here, and everyone is excited to get back to work<" Lozano said. "It's just a great day."

Eventually, all the house members took their oath of office. Then it was time to elect a speaker. It was a two-man race until Longview Representative David Simpson bowed out.

"On the advice of my colleagues, I withdraw from the nomination," Simpson said.

That left San Antonio's Joe Straus as the only candidate left standing.

"I am humbled by your support," Straus said. "I'm humbled by the confidence you place in me, and I am happy to serve as your speaker once again."

This 83rd legislature is looking at public school funding and our state's water supply as two of the main issues they hope to solve.

  • Padre Island National Seashore Free Admission

    Padre Island National Seashore Free Admission

    If you are looking for something to do this Easter weekend you may want to head out to the Padre Island National Seashore.That's because this Easter weekend admission to the park is free. The offer not only coincides with Easter weekend but it also marks the beginning of National Park Week which began Saturday and lasts till the 27th of April.More >>
    If you are looking for something to do this Easter weekend you may want to head out to the Padre Island National Seashore.That's because this Easter weekend admission to the park is free. The offer not only coincides with Easter weekend but it also marks the beginning of National Park Week which began Saturday and lasts till the 27th of April.More >>
  • Early Morning Foot Pursuit For CCPD

    Early Morning Foot Pursuit For CCPD

    A Corpus Christi man is facing some serious charges after leading Corpus Christi police officers on a foot chase Sunday morning. The chase started at 1:15 Sunday morning at the 2000 block of Treyway, near Airline and Holly. Police say while the suspect fled from police, he allegedly tried to get rid of a gun and what is believed to be crack cocaine. Investigators were able to recover a handgun and the controlled substance. The man was then taken to the Corpus Christi Detention Center and...More >>
    A Corpus Christi man is facing some serious charges after leading Corpus Christi police officers on a foot chase Sunday morning. The chase started at 1:15 Sunday morning at the 2000 block of Treyway, near Airline and Holly. Police say while the suspect fled from police, he allegedly tried to get rid of a gun and what is believed to be crack cocaine. Investigators were able to recover a handgun and the controlled substance. The man was then taken to the Corpus Christi Detention Center and...More >>
  • Man Who Shot Cop in Fredericksburg In Jail After Chase

    Man Who Shot Cop in Fredericksburg In Jail After Chase

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:16:29 GMT
    A suspect accused of shooting a Fredericksburg police officer is in custody in San Antonio after leading police on a chase spanning several counties.It started in Fredericksburg around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.According to the Fredericksburg Police Department, an officer was making a routine traffic stop when the 31-year-old Robert Adrian Rendon fired several shots at him from inside the car.The officer was hit twice, once in the stomach and once in the neck.He was able to radio for help and was ta...More >>
    A suspect accused of shooting a Fredericksburg police officer is in custody in San Antonio after leading police on a chase spanning several counties.It started in Fredericksburg around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.According to the Fredericksburg Police Department, an officer was making a routine traffic stop when the 31-year-old Robert Adrian Rendon fired several shots at him from inside the car.The officer was hit twice, once in the stomach and once in the neck.He was able to radio for help and was ta...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.