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Congress is eyeing big Medicaid cuts. Here’s why it matters to Texas families.

As Republicans debate health care reform, there is one issue on the mind of many Texas families: Medicaid reform. more

How important is the 'bathroom bill' to Texas voters?

The “bathroom bill” that preoccupied the Texas Legislature for the first half of the year is important to only 44 percent of the state’s voters — and “very important” to only 26 percent, … more

Cruz: Congressional baseball shooting should be a "wake-up call"

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday that the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice should be a "wake-up call to us all," urging greater civility on both sides of the aisle. more

House passes school finance reform bill

The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called “Robin … more

Texas officials respond to shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 dead

After a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Texas officials condemned the violence while offering condolences and prayers.  The gunman, … more

Texas Congressman says he'd challenge female GOP senators to a duel if they were men

A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel.  "The fact … more

Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session

AUSTIN-Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol in their respective houses on Jan. 10, opening day for the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The 140-day session will conclude on May 29. After taking the oath of office and being sworn … more

Four issues raised to emergency status

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31. In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for … more

Abbott tells sheriff to reverse sanctuary policy or lose funding

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to … 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

In Texas House, property tax proposals range from minor tweaks to abolishment

Last week, amid a flurry of votes on more than a dozen other issues, the Texas Senate passed its main measure addressing Gov. Greg Abbott's call to reform the laws related to property taxes. On … more

Patrick applauds preservation of bill

 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature’s refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.Patrick, who has made the passage of similar legislation in Texas one of … more

Legislation proposes to regulate access to restrooms, locker rooms

AUSTIN — Texas now has a “bathroom bill.”The Lone Star State has joined Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington as states where legislation has been filed in an effort to restrict access to restrooms, … more

Texans in Congress sidestep questions about Trump and Russia

Texans in Congress largely sidestepped questions Tuesday regarding the firestorm unleashed hours earlier when Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president, released emails showing he eagerly accepted … more

Senate education chair: House school finance plan "not a long-term solution"

The Texas Senate's education chairman said Tuesday that he would not accept a House proposal to put $1.8 billion into public schools … more

Are lawmakers' business ties with public entities a conflict of interest?

Like most higher education institutions, Houston Community College officials had a lot they wanted state legislators to do for them in Austin earlier this year … more

House, Senate must work toward agreement on state budget

AUSTIN — After more than 15 hours of floor debate, the Texas House of Representatives on April 7 approved a balanced, $218 billion, state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.During the debate, state representatives proposed some 378 amendments to … more

Texas Senate approves teacher bonuses, benefits — but not pay raises

The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to give teachers bonuses and to improve retired teachers' health benefits  — but only after the bill's author removed a controversial provision … more

Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory

AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the State of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.The ruling came in response to a … more

Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18. more
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