Texas’ 140-day legislative session is underway, with both the state Senate and House gaveling in around noon.
During its newly ordered surge operations along the Texas-Mexico border, the state Department of Public Safety says it will target drug dealers, human traffickers, and gangs.
The state’s Republican leadership has authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend about $1.3 million per week to fund operations to fight what they describe as a surge of illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border, the GOP leaders announced Wednesday evening.
Texas’ top three leaders, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus are working on a plan to boost border security.
Gov. Rick Perry has asked lawmakers to explore establishing a location in Texas to store the state’s high-level radioactive waste.
Texas lawmakers want to see what they can do to attract more venture capitalists to the state.
The $2 billion for a new state water fund that Gov. Rick Perry prioritized this session has finally reached his desk for approval.
Texas transportation officials are scheduled to give lawmakers a road map for the challenges the state faces in keeping up an aging highway system to move its growing population.
House Speaker Joe Straus suggested possibly raising the cost of a driver’s license to help the state’s congested roads. Texas drivers currently pay a price of $25.
House Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.
Republican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.
The Texas House will adjourn next week and remain out of session for six days in observance of Marin Luther King Jr. Day and the U.S. presidential inauguration.