Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer

Capital Tonight: Rep. Martinez Fischer Explains Committee’s Censure of UT Regent

A House panel has voted to give a University of Texas System regent a public reprimand and a warning. The House transparency committee that has been investigating UT Regent Wallace Hall for more than a year says the move sends a strong statement that his behavior crossed a line, but committee members say they’re choosing not to pursue an impeachment process at this time.

In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we heard how Regent Wallace Hall himself is responding. Plus, committee member Trey Martinez Fischer explained what the decision means for the UT System as a whole.

BATTLE OVER MAPS

While the political cost of the state’s redistricting court case won’t be known for some time, we now have a clearer picture of the monetary cost. Following a Public Information Act request by the San Antonio Express-News, we now know that it’s cost Texas $3.9 million thus far to defend redistricting maps. And that figure will only go higher as the second phase of the case begins in a federal courtroom in San Antonio.

We spoke to redistricting expert Michael Li about the newest court battle, and why it involves a set of older maps.

PISTOLS AND PILSNER

The public is weighing in on a controversial proposal to allow alcohol sales at gun shows.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is considering a change in its rules after a gun club in the Dallas area reached out to the agency asking for permission to serve alcohol at its events. We checked in with TABC officials to find out where the proposal stands.

Capital Tonight: Committee member opens up about UT regent investigation

May 12 could prove to be a fateful day for UT Regent Wallace Hall. That’s when state lawmakers say they’ll vote on whether or not to recommend Hall’s impeachment. Thursday, a House panel met for the first time since a draft report on Hall’s efforts to oust UT President Bill Powers was released.

Lawmakers met behind closed doors most of the time, but in Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we spoke to Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer for some insight into what action the committee is considering next.

CAPITAL COMMENTATORS

More behind-the-scenes negotiations are coming to light about Governor Perry’s veto of Public Integrity Unit Funding. Political strategists Harold Cook and Ted Delisi weighed in on what the latest twist could mean.

NET NEUTRALITY

In a move that could radically change how Internet content is delivered, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules giving online providers the right to charge more for so-called “fast lanes” into your home or office. We checked in on the latest from Washington on what the change could mean.