Texas lawmakers are feeling upbeat as they convened the 84th legislative session.
The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down all abortion clinics in the nation’s second most-populous state.
Texas lawmakers reached a deal Friday on a two-year spending plan that would restore $3.93 billion to public schools and clear the way for taking $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund for water projects, according to a state official close the negotiations.
Governor Rick Perry revved up for a presidential bid in 2011 by showing the country who’s boss in Texas: He slashed spending, tightened abortion restrictions and declared illegal immigration a state emergency. He’s not calling the shots anymore.
A top Texas senator says the state must change how it pays for health and human services.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is scheduled to discuss higher education in Fort Worth and how the state’s universities may be affected in the 2013 legislative session.