Texas’ 140-day legislative session is underway, with both the state Senate and House gaveling in around noon.
The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.
Lawmakers both in Washington and Austin are considering possible gas tax increases to pay for much needed road improvements. Last week federal lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan plan to raise the federal gasoline tax by 12-cents.
Some Texas lawmakers complained Wednesday that sweeping new high school curriculum and standardized testing rules were too complicated for even those who approved them to understand — much less students, parents or academic counselors.
Ruby Cole Session, who championed the cause of the wrongfully convicted in Texas after her son was sent to prison for a rape he didn’t commit, has died. She was 77.
It was designed to provide a scare for fun, not scare someone to death. The Texas Giant roller coaster reopened at Six Flags in Arlington nearly two months after a woman was flung from it to her death.
Among the many new laws taking affect this month is one designed to prevent teens from getting skin cancer.
The Texas Legislature has convened to debate new funding for roads and bridges by diverting money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
The I-Team has learned there were questions about amusement ride safety, and how to monitor the industry, long before a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster on July 19.
Governor Perry wants lawmakers to approve the voting maps drawn by a federal court in Washington, DC that were already used for Congressional and state legislative districts last year.
State lawmakers are sending Gov. Rick Perry a slew of new bills to sign, after pushing through several proposals before the end of the regular legislative session.
Texas lawmakers are advancing proposals to help sexual assault victims.