The Texas Legislature convened in Austin on Tuesday, January 8. With 181 legislators filing thousands of bills during the 140-day session that ends May 27 – Cable can connect you to all the action at the Texas Capitol.
In the not-too-distant past, a Texan interested in activity at the Texas Capitol had to travel to Austin (quite a distance from some parts of our massive state) to watch it live or rely on media coverage to hear what happened afterward. Today, it’s just a matter of a few clicks of the computer keyboard or picking up a mobile device.
The internet has revolutionized how citizens can watch their government at work or interact with their elected officials. And cable is the leading broadband provider, with about two-thirds of all high-speed internet subscribers.
During the Texas Legislative session, gavel-to-gavel coverage can be found live and online, along with committee hearings, on the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives websites. The proceedings also are archived.
In addition, Spectrum subscribers in the Austin and San Antonio areas can watch live proceedings of the Texas House (Channel 229) and Senate (Channel 230) on television.
Texans interested in video broadcasts, reading or tracking specific bills or looking for other legislative, regulatory or statutory information can find extensive material archived at Texas Legislature Online.
Looking for a deeper dive into legislative issues facing the state?
Capital Tonight is Spectrum’s statewide live political television show that airs each weeknight at 7 p.m. (shows repeat at 11 p.m.). Spectrum News’ Capitol reporters talk to legislators, analysts and others on the issues of the day. While the show is available on television or mobile devices only to Spectrum subscribers, past episodes are visible to anyone on the Texas Capital Tonight website.
Spectrum also airs In Focus with Elizabeth Jeneault on the Spectrum News channel to subscribers in its Texas markets each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., repeating at 6:30 p.m. The 30-minute public affairs program features experts from around Texas discussing a wide range of issues impacting the Lone Star State. Past shows can be viewed online by non-subscribers.
Comcast Newsmakers is the longest-running news and public affairs platform of any cable operator in the country. Comcast Newsmakers includes a national edition, regional production serving select Comcast markets (including Houston), and a growing digital presence. Centrally focused on issue-based conversations, Comcast Newsmakers welcomes regional and national trailblazers to discuss ideas, assess community challenges and progress, and inspire meaningful action.
Online communication also helps Texans stay connected with their elected officials. All Texas legislators have email addresses. And this legislative session, all 31 senators and 93 percent of the 150 representatives are on Twitter. You can find links to information on all Texas elected officials – including links to their Twitter and Facebook accounts and websites, here.