The Texas House, after a several-hour debate punctuated by concerns about racial profiling, gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposed statewide ban on texting and emailing while driving.
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In a momentous turnabout, the Texas House’s lead public education policymaker said Wednesday the lower chamber will attempt to fix the way the state funds its public schools this legislative session rather than wait for a state Supreme Court ruling.
The Texas Senate approved a bipartisan, but divisive tax cut package Wednesday worth more than $4.6 billion, sending the four-part plan to the Texas House, where it looks to face significant opposition.
A bill seeking to continue Texas’ ban on gay marriage, no matter how the courts rule, received strong opposition during a late Thursday public hearing — much of it from religious leaders and believers who said conservative Christians do not have the sole perspective on marriage.
AUSTIN — After a scathing audit on yet another contracting problem at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, House Speaker Joe Straus called on lawmakers Wednesday to develop a comprehensive solution to the state’s contracting woes.
AUSTIN — Following the recent deaths of three children, including a Dallas infant, Gov. Greg Abbott called for increased safeguards to protect children in foster care and those being monitored by Child Protective Services.
Democratic and some Republican Texas senators came out in force Thursday against a trio of divisive education proposals designed to award taxpayer — or donated — money to public school students to help pay tuition at private or parochial institutions.
A trio of bills aimed at tamping down the sale, manufacture and use of synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and LSD passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday.
AUSTIN — Legislators debated Tuesday whether a handful of bills aimed at limiting the use of Shariah, the Islamic legal code, seek to protect constitutional rights or serve only to fuel anti-Muslim fervor in Texas.
Legislation to eliminate gun-free zones in schools, bars, hospitals and churches received a rough reception during a Capitol hearing Tuesday.