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Pre-K Plan & Tax Cuts Push Ahead In Texas House

Tax cuts and better pre-K in Texas pushed ahead Wednesday when the House rallied behind a $2 billion proposed sales tax cut before passing an early education bill.

04/09/2015

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House Republicans: Cut Texas Sales Tax Rate, Not Property Taxes

Texas would cut its sales tax rate for the first time in history under a House Republican plan that scraps homeowner tax relief sought by Gov. Greg Abbott.

04/08/2015

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Some Texas Lawmakers Oppose Changing Religious Objection Law

Texas lawmakers and top business leaders vowed Tuesday to kill two proposed constitutional amendments they say will promote anti-gay discrimination and could lead to backlash similar to recent reactions in Indiana and Arkansas.

04/07/2015

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$3 Billion Plan Attempts School Finance Fix

State lawmakers will get their first look at a $3 billion plan to fix the troubled way Texas pays for public schools without waiting for the conclusion of a multiyear court battle.

04/07/2015

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GOP Effort To Repeal In-State Tuition Law Takes Center Stage

The Republican-controlled Legislature began a push Monday to repeal Texas’ 14-year-old law that gives the children of some people living in the United States illegally in-state tuition at public universities.

04/06/2015

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Shaka Smart Introduced As Texas Longhorns Basketball Coach

Smart replaced Rick Barnes, who was fired last week after 17 seasons at Texas. Barnes already has a new head coaching job at Tennessee.

04/03/2015

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Audit: Lack Of ‘Ethics’ Enabled $110M No-Bid State Contract

A state contracting scandal that has cost top Texas health officials their jobs and dealt new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott an early test was enabled by a lack of ethics and accountability, a state audit concluded Thursday.

04/02/2015

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Bill Would Bar Gun Status In Medical Records

Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would keep a person’s gun ownership status from being listed in their medical records.

04/02/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Mull Increasing Juvenile Criminal Age To 18

Texas lawmakers are considering changing the state’s definition of who is considered an adult in the criminal justice system, and even some who disagree with parts of the proposals say the policy should be changed.

04/01/2015

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Following 18-Hour Debate, Texas Budget Battle Has Only Begun

The budget plan bursts with big wins for Texas Republicans: more border security dollars, room for tax cuts and new jabs at abortion providers.

04/01/2015

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Microbrewery Laws Being Considered Nationwide

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.

04/01/2015

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State House Passes $210 Billion Budget Plan

Debate over the $210 billion spending plan was on track to stretch past midnight before its expected passage by the GOP-controlled Texas House.

04/01/2015

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