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Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus excused his chamber just before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, shortly after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversees the Senate, adjourned the upper chamber.

06/01/2015

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Tech Fund Replaced With University Fund

The Texas Legislature has abolished a technology incentive program that former Gov. Rick Perry used to distribute $200 million in taxpayer funds to Texas startups.

06/01/2015

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‘Campus Carry’ Bill Gets Big Boost

Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with State House lawmakers giving preliminary approval to the measure.

05/27/2015

Parked next to a section of the border fence, a Border Patrol agent watches an area of the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande River May 26, 2010, near Hidalgo. (credit: Getty Images/Scott Olson)

State Senate Passes Border Security Bill

The Texas Senate has passed a $300 million border security bill — one of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities and part of a sweeping, $800 million border package.

05/27/2015

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State Senate OKs Foster Care Training Boost

The Senate has approved mandating 35 hours of training for potential foster care parents, more than double what some are now required to have.

05/27/2015

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Lawmakers Double Line Of Duty Death Benefit

The Texas Legislature has passed a bill to double the amount of money the state pays surviving spouses, children or parents of public employees killed in the line of duty.

05/27/2015

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Supreme Court To Hear Texas Districts Case

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures.

05/26/2015

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Alamo Preservation Bill Heads To Abbott

It is now up to Gov. Greg Abbott to determine how San Antonio visitors remember the Alamo — the site of the famous Texas Revolution battle where 180 defenders died.

05/26/2015

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‘Campus Carry’ Bill Faces Texas House Vote

Texas is moving closer to allowing guns on college campuses. The State House will vote on this issue on Tuesday in Austin.

05/26/2015

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Texas House & Senate Approve Tax Cuts

The Texas House and Senate gave preliminary approval to increasing homestead property tax exemptions, key to a $3.8 billion tax cut package on Gov. Greg Abbott’s wish list.

05/25/2015

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Lawmakers Have Busy Night At State Capitol

From same-sex marriage, to schools, to the money that goes into your pocket — it was a busy night on Thursday at the State Capitol in Austin.

05/15/2015

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Deadline Passes For Texas Gay Marriage Bill

A bill widely backed by Texas Republicans to stop gay marriage regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer is dead for now.

05/15/2015

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