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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 panel advances bathroom legislation
Senate aiming to move bills at breakneck pace
Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion
The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching choices because no exceptions will be made in cases of rape and incest.
After passing sunset bills in midnight meeting, Senate clear to push forward with rest of special session agenda
AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate met at midnight Thursday, at the behest of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, to approve the must-pass sunset bills -- a prerequisite to debating the rest of the items on the agenda for the special legislative session.
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.
Texas mulls non-jail options for those who can’t pay fines
AUSTIN -- Ernesto Cardoza has gone to jail three times because he couldn't afford to pay his traffic tickets, and it cost him dearly.
Legislature fails to address pregnancy deaths
AUSTIN -- Lawmakers in Texas largely failed to take any significant action to address the state's skyrocketing rate of pregnancy-related deaths just months after researchers found it to be the highest in not only the U.S., but the developed world.
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.