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Texas Senate votes to overhaul contracting rules

AUSTIN — The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to reform state contracting rules and strengthen oversight of contracts at all state agencies. The action came in response to revelations of financial irregularities at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Texas House launches all-day budget debate

A plan to fix Texas’ public school finance system and distribute voter-approved road funding. More money for prekindergarten. Bans on both private school vouchers and insurance benefits for the same-sex partners of public school teachers.

Texas House to address school finance

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.

Religious case made against anti-gay-marriage bill

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.

Private school voucher bills face backlash

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.