Republican leaders in Texas are back to work at the Capitol with an agenda that includes tax relief, abortion restrictions and spending restraint.
State Rep. David Simpson said that he’s running for Texas House speaker while another conservative favorite, state Rep. Bryan Hughes, is abandoning his bid for the post.
After years of chatter, water appears to have finally percolated to the top of the Texas Legislature’s agenda.
Texas voters chose more of the same in the Texas Legislature next year. They maintained the partisan balance in the Senate and added only a handful of Democrats to the House.
The Texas Comptroller’s office is giving budget leaders a rundown of the state’s financial picture, just months before what will likely be another lean legislative session.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has called for an end to an accounting practice that masks how taxes and fees are really spent.
During a one-on-one interview in Plano on Wednesday, Governor Rick Perry said that he was leaning toward running for president again in 2016.
A Texas House committee is scheduled to hear about how the state can improve care for the elderly and keep them in their communities.
School districts are now tackling their budgets for next year, and debate over public funding for public schools will likely escalate later this month.
The Texas Legislature may not return to work for another 11 months, but that hasn’t kept the state’s leadership from signaling what they think will be the big issues next year.
A Texas House committee is meeting to scrutinize how state DNA testing is performed and consider certifying additional DNA testing centers.
Texas lawmakers gave their initial backing Monday to legislation that would criminalize intentional, inappropriate touching during airport security pat-downs, but it was so watered down it provoked angry outbursts from conservative activists, who decried it as toothless.