Aurora BerryLegislative Fellow for The Texas Newsroom
Aurora Berry is The Texas Newsroom’s 2023 legislative reporting fellow and covers a wide variety of topics from the Capitol. She is a journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin and set to graduate in May 2023.
Before joining The Texas Newsroom, Berry worked as an investigative intern at KXAN, Austin’s NBC affiliate. She is also an executive producer at The Drag, UT Austin’s audio production house. At The Drag, Berry hosts Planet Texas, a podcast about how climate change is affecting the Lone Star State.
In 2022, Berry placed third Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program Audio Championship.
The crowd gathered in Austin on Monday, waving pride flags and signs of support. The rally served as a platform to protest a slew of bills under consideration in the Texas Legislature affecting transgender youth and drag performers.
Texas State Rep. Donna Howard authored a proposal this legislative session that would exempt period products – as well as additional supplies including diapers, breast pumps and maternity clothes – from sales tax.
The Senate Special Committee on Redistricting held hearings last week on the current map defining state Senate districts.The map, along with the rest of Texas’s political boundaries, were redrawn in 2021 by the Republican-majority Texas Legislature and are still seeing pushback from Democrats.