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Bathroom bill could cost $3.3B to state
AUSTIN -- Banning transgender people from public bathrooms could cost the Texas economy $3.3 billion and 35,600 jobs, according to a study released Monday.
‘Sanctuary cities’ bill heads for approval
Bill would allow recusals for gay marriage licenses
Voucher defeat in Legislature may hurt school finance fix
AUSTIN -- The Texas House all but buried school vouchers. Could the Senate do the same with the school finance fix?
Texas House defies Senate, decries vouchers — again
AUSTIN -- Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas' leading "school choice" proponent, got the House floor vote on vouchers he demanded -- but not his desired result.
Texas mulls asking drivers to help it clear rape kit backlog
AUSTIN -- Texas is considering asking drivers to help it clear its huge backlog of untested rape kits, a novel approach that has been well received by cost-conscious Republican lawmakers and one that other states might consider.
Bathroom legislation, and other bills to watch in Austin
House budget writers want to pull $2. 5 billion from the state's cash reserves, or rainy day fund, to soften the blow of slumping oil prices that have left Texas with a shortfall of up to $6 billion just to meet the current level of state services over the next two fiscal years.
Texas Senate approves bill to make appraisal process for property more fair
The Texas Senate unanimously approved a bill by state Sen. Jane Nelson that seeks to make the tax appraisal process fairer and more transparent.
Paredes: Higher ed funding must be rethought
Texas must completely revamp how it funds higher education, particularly financial aid going to the state's neediest students, if it wants to meet its long-term goals, the higher education chief said Tuesday.