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Texas Senate advances scaled-back school finance plan
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.
Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion
Senate panel advances bathroom legislation
Booming Texas cities feeling stunted by governor’s agenda
As Texas’ big cities boom like few places in the U.S., Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to rein them in and reassert himself ahead of his 2018 re-election bid, but some of his summer demands are wilting.
Senate aiming to move bills at breakneck pace
AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate staged an unusual midnight floor session Thursday as conservatives who dominate the chamber rushed to revive abortion restrictions, school vouchers and a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people before opponents have time to mobilize against them.
Bathroom bill may shape 2018 elections
AUSTIN — Though "bathroom bills" targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue is still white hot in Texas, where the Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don't approve it.
Special session revives racial tensions, 'bathroom bill'
Gov. Greg Abbott has packed the overtime session with 20 things he wants passed and could call another if he doesn't get his way.
Bill may expand ballot access for older Texans
AUSTIN -- Something peculiar happened last week when few people were looking: Texas lawmakers approved legislation that might make it easier for thousands of people to vote. And they didn't let politics get in the way.
Texas schools would get nearly $2B if House bills pass
The House on Friday advanced four school finance bills that would pump nearly $2 billion more into public schools over the next two years.