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Bathroom bill debate highlights barriers to updating birth certificate in Texas

Though he tries to avoid restrooms “at all costs,” high school student Jason Foster says they’re sometimes unavoidable at school. Leander Independent School District requires students to … more

Statewide driving-while-texting ban heads to Governor's desk

Texas Senate and House budget conferees met frequently last week and on May 20 managed to reach compromise on a $218 billion state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019. However, Senate Bill 1 must gain final approval from both the House and Senate in … more

Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey. more

Abbott reacts to the choice of Perry as energy secretary

AUSTIN — President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy prompted this reaction by Gov. Greg Abbott:“Under Rick Perry’s leadership in Texas,” Abbott said, “the Lone Star … more

‘Sanctuary city’ bill passes in Texas House

During his “State of the State” address on Jan. 31, Governor Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities” to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: “Elected officials don’t get to pick and … more

White nationalist rally at Texas A&M University has been canceled

Saying they’re concerned about student safety, Texas A&M University leaders announced Monday that they have canceled a planned white nationalist rally on campus … more

Marches come one day after inauguration

AUSTIN — Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington.President Trump closed his 16-minute inaugural address by saying: “Together, we will … more

Abbott welcomes Justice Department’s announcement about sanctuary cities

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and … more

Abbott signs bill restricting insurance coverage of abortion

Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed a bill that will require Texas women to pay an extra health insurance premium for non-emergency abortions, one of three abortion-related items the governor placed on … more

Bill regulating do-not-resuscitate orders heads to governor's desk

The Texas Senate on Tuesday evening voted to adopt a House-amended version of Senate Bill 11, which requires doctors to obtain explicit legal permission from patients before issuing … more

Ted Cruz, John Cornyn at odds over Senate GOP health care bill

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate on Thursday unveiled their plan to overhaul President Obama's 2010 health care law. Within hours, Texas' two Republican senators took opposite positions on the measure. more

Federal court invalidates part of Texas congressional map

Federal judges invalidated two Texas congressional districts Tuesday, ruling that they must be fixed by either the Legislature or a federal court. A three-judge panel in San Antonio unanimously … more

House Republicans to caucus on speaker rules

Texas House Republicans will meet early Wednesday to discuss procedures for electing a speaker, a move that opponents of current Speaker Joe Straus have heralded as a victory. At issue: whether to … more

Texans in favor of all 7 constitutional amendments

All seven constitutional amendments on the statewide ballot were approved by Texas voters, according to results released Tuesday evening by the Texas Secretary of State’s office.  With … more

Houston joins the legal fight against Texas' new immigration law

Texas’ largest four cities are now backing the legal fight against the new immigration enforcement law, with the city of Houston — the largest in the state — joining the table and adding its … more

Texas Legislature ends special session without passing property tax measure

The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott's top priority. Hours earlier, the House abruptly … more

Texas back in federal court over anti-"sanctuary cities" law

Attorneys for the state of Texas are set to head back before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Tuesday to defend the state’s new immigration enforcement law, Senate Bill 4, … more
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