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Texas Senators Approve State Contracting Bill After HHS Commissioner Scandal

Texas Senators have unanimously approved a measure aimed at increasing transparency in state contracts, one day after the release of a scathing report detailing a no-bid state contract.

13 hours ago

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Schools & Border Big In Texas House Budget

The Texas House on Tuesday is expected to approve a budget that would drastically increase border security spending and put an extra $800 million into public schools.

21 hours ago

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Texas Lawmakers Delay Debate On In-State Tuition Law Repeal

A Senate subcommittee has pushed back for a week debate on scraping a law that grants in-state public university tuition to the children of some people in the United States illegally.

03/30/2015

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Texas House Passes Bill Outlawing Texting While Driving

For the third time, the Texas House has passed a bill outlawing texting while driving.

03/26/2015

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Texas Leads Several Census Growth Tables

Two cities in Texas are among the top five fastest-growing cities by percentage in the past year. Texas also snagged top spots in numerical increase by person.

03/26/2015

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State House OKs Ban On Texting While Driving

A statewide ban on texting while driving gained preliminary approval in the Texas House on Wednesday, advancing a plan that four years ago fell victim to a gubernatorial veto.

03/26/2015

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State Senate Panel Mulls School Voucher Plan

A Texas Senate education panel is considering a sweeping but divisive voucher plan that would let families get state funding to send their children to private and religious schools.

03/26/2015

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Texas House Trying School Finance Fix Amid Court Fight

The Texas House is launching an ambitious attempt to fix the troubled way the state pays for public schools without waiting for the conclusion of a bitter, ongoing court battle.

03/25/2015

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Texas Bill Seeks To Ban Gay Marriage Licenses

A contentious debate is expected as a Texas House committee hears a bill barring state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages — even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them.

03/25/2015

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TX Senate OKs Making Synthetic Drug ’25I’ A Controlled Substance

The Texas Senate has approved making the synthetic drug 25I-NBOMe a controlled substance, potentially banning it from being sold online and in places like convenience stores.

03/24/2015

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Funding Battle Brewing As Billions Left Unspent In Texas House Budget

Billions of available dollars remain unspent under a House budget that sets up battles over tax cuts and extra money for roads and classrooms in the final two months of the Legislature.

03/24/2015

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Texas Same Sex Marriage Foes Call For ‘Biblical Marriage’

About 250 people gathered Monday afternoon at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of what they call “Biblical marriage” — a union between a man and a woman.

03/23/2015

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