State Legislature

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State House Mulls Chemical Storage Bill

The Texas House is to debate the first major proposal to tighten chemical storage regulations more than two years after the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion.

05/01/2015

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State House Votes To Dissolve Startup Fund

The Texas House has preliminarily passed a plan revamping the state’s economic incentive programs, including dissolving a pet fund of Rick Perry that funneled $200 million in taxpayer dollars to startups.

05/01/2015

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Tuition Increases Capped At 1 Percent Until 2018

The Texas Senate has voted to bar universities statewide from increasing tuition by more than 1 percent over the cost of inflation until the 2018-19 academic year.

04/30/2015

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Bill Would ID Judges Who Grant Teen Abortions

State lawmakers are considering a bill to reveal the names of judges who permit teens to terminate a pregnancy if they can’t get required consent from their parents.

04/29/2015

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State House OKs Bill To Prohibit Fracking Bans

Cities and counties in Texas could no longer prohibit hydraulic fracturing under an oil and gas industry-backed measure overwhelmingly approved by the State House.

04/17/2015

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Open Carry & Fracking Bills Back After Delay

Two of the Texas Legislature’s most-watched bills are scheduled for debate and likely passage once again, three days after a technicality temporarily derailed them.

04/17/2015

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Technicality Delays Vote On Bill Banning Local Fracking Bans

A floor technicality has temporarily derailed a bill seeking to overturn a highly-publicized local ban on hydraulic fracturing approved by a college town near Dallas while ensuring that other communities don’t follow suit.

04/14/2015

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Texas House Likely To Pass ‘Open Carry’ Bill

A bill overturning the state’s ban on the open carry of handguns is poised to clear the Legislature, making Texas the largest state to legalize wearing weapons in plain sight.

04/14/2015

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Marijuana Bills Get Day In Texas Legislature

For now, legalizing marijuana remains out of the question in Texas. But decriminalizing it?

04/09/2015

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Debate Expected Over State Ride-Hailing Bill

Ride-hailing giants Lyft and Uber left San Antonio in their rearview mirror after the nation’s seventh largest city restricted their operations.

04/09/2015

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Pre-K Plan & Tax Cuts Push Ahead In Texas House

Tax cuts and better pre-K in Texas pushed ahead Wednesday when the House rallied behind a $2 billion proposed sales tax cut before passing an early education bill.

04/09/2015

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$3 Billion Plan Attempts School Finance Fix

State lawmakers will get their first look at a $3 billion plan to fix the troubled way Texas pays for public schools without waiting for the conclusion of a multiyear court battle.

04/07/2015

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