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Governor suggests ‘bathroom bill’ likely dead — for now
AUSTIN -- Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he revived a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people even though he was told it would never get a vote in the GOP-controlled state House, while signaling that the twice-failed effort is dead for the foreseeable future.
Fallon: Bill got 'twisted into something it's clearly not'
Texas Senate advances scaled-back school finance plan
‘Bathroom bill’ falters for numerous reasons
AUSTIN -- A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people again lurched toward defeat Tuesday, leaving Republican Gov. Greg Abbott with little path forward this year over what became one of the most divisive measures in any U.S. legislature.
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
As part of state lawmakers' second attempt at passing a bathroom bill this year, a panel of Senate lawmakers voted Friday to advance a measure to restrict bathroom use for transgender Texans. The 8-1 vote came after almost 10 hours of emotional testimony -- a large majority in opposition -- by transgender Texans, their families and their allies.
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.
School groups wary of vouchers
AUSTIN -- Many school groups reacted warily Wednesday to Gov. Greg Abbott's revival of private-school vouchers and a ban on union payroll deductions for teachers as agenda items for next month's special legislative session.
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.