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House approves $1.8 billion package of school finance bills

The Texas House on Friday passed a package of bills that would put $1.8 billion into public schools and and help out struggling small, rural school districts. more

House OKs reversing cuts to disabled children's therapy services

The Texas House gave tentative approval Thursday to a measure that would partially reverse a controversial cut to disabled children’s therapy services that was ordered by the 2015 … 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

House, Senate have not yet engaged in back-and-forth on key bills

Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature. more

With retired teachers' health care at stake, legislators clash on fixes

When David Hatcher got a blood test at his oncologist's office two summers ago, the doctor spelled out his results decisively: “The bad news is you’ve got leukemia. The good news: It’s the kind … more

What it means for Texas colleges if Trump targets affirmative action

For about a year starting in June 2016, the practice of affirmative action in Texas university admissions seemed secure. The University of Texas at Austin won a U.S. Supreme Court case on the … more

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

Disabled Texans say bathroom bill could further complicate their lives

For Octavio Armendariz, using the bathroom while he’s home is no big deal. When the autistic eight-year-old is out in public with his mom, it’s a different story … more

Rick Perry: "I totally support" Trump's ban on transgender troops

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he backs President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military … more

Despite Texans' support, effort to repeal health care law narrowly defeated in U.S. Senate

The efforts of U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal former President Obama's 2010 health care law collapsed early Friday morning, thanks to a shocking defection from U.S. Sen. John McCain … more

Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters. more

Senate backs bill that would roll back cellphone safety laws in dozens of Texas cities

The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave tentative approval to a measure that pre-empts local ordinances on drivers’ mobile phone usage, effectively rolling back safety laws in the 45 Texas cities where … more

Texas Senate passes bill to allow people to vote on whether a city can annex them

No filibuster was going to kill annexation reform in the Texas Senate this time around. The Senate on Wednesday tentatively passed Senate Bill 6, which would allow residents of areas up for … 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

Texas Senate passes bill targeting public empoyee union dues

The Texas Senate late Tuesday night preliminarily approved legislation that would end the state's practice of collecting membership dues for certain public employees who are members of labor unions … more

Senate approves bills on "private school choice" and school finance study

The Texas Senate tentatively passed legislation Monday to subsidize private school tuition and a bill to study the system for funding public schools... 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

Abbott gives lawmakers initial marching orders for special session

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 10 issued a formal proclamation for the special session that begins July 18, directing the Texas Legislature to extend expiration dates for the Texas Medical Board and other state boards that regulate psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers. more

Lawmakers plan to file teacher pay legislation in special session

A special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, is set to begin on July 18. The agenda is big. more

Telling Texas political fortunes is easy, with a map

Three federal judges in San Antonio are listening to arguments about what’s wrong and right about the state’s political districts. But you go to elections with the districts you have, and the … more
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