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Bill Could Limit Tanning Bed Access For More Teens

The bill if passed would also remove an exemption that allows parents to give their minor children permission to tan in a tanning facility.

05/13/2013

Texas State Capitol

State Lawmakers Hear Bills To Help Sex Assault Victims

Texas lawmakers are advancing proposals to help sexual assault victims.

04/23/2013

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Senate Votes Against Tighter Background Checks For Gun Buyers

Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades on Wednesday, refusing to tighten background checks on firearms buyers or ban assault weapons as they spurned the personal pleas of families of the victims of last winter’s elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

04/17/2013

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Senators Unveil Deal On Gun Sales Background Check

Two pivotal senators announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s efforts at gun control.

04/10/2013

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Texas Sex Offenders In Sight Of Rare Policy Win

The GOP-controlled Texas Senate has passed a bill to remove employer information from Texas’ online sex offender registry.

03/30/2013

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Power Struggle Continues For UT-Austin

Texas lawmakers continued Wednesday to question the actions of University of Texas System regents and their pressure on flagship campus President Bill Powers as the Senate considers a bill that would roll back some regents voting authority.

03/27/2013

Texas State Capitol

Senate Committee Approves Drug Testing For Welfare Benefits

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee has approved a bill to require drug screening before receiving welfare.

03/26/2013

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Senate Committee Advances Beer Compromise

The state Senate will now consider a proposal to overhaul the way beer is sold in Texas under a compromise approved by an influential legislative committee on Tuesday evening.

03/12/2013

Senate Panel Endorses Closing $54M Private Prison

A key Senate panel has endorsed the closure of a $54 million private state prison in North Texas that ranks among the most dangerous lockups in the state.

03/04/2013

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Senators Reach Agreement On Propsed Immigration Reform

A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.

01/28/2013

Obama And Biden Unveil Proposal To Decrease Gun Violence In U.S.

North Texans Vocal On Both Sides Of Gun Discussion

President Obama’s gun control proposals are triggering reaction from those on both sides of the debate.

01/16/2013

Mark Boal, Jason Clarke, Kathryn Bigelow, Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler attend the "Zero Dark Thirty" New York Photo Call at Ritz Carlton Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Say CIA May Have Misled Filmmakers

Lawmakers are accusing the CIA of misleading the makers of the Osama bin Laden raid film, “Zero Dark Thirty,” by telling them that harsh interrogation methods helped track down the terrorist mastermind.

01/04/2013

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