First Independent To Win Texas House Seat In DecadesLaura Thompson won a special election and will be the first Independent in the Texas Legislature in decades. But her term only lasts through December. She won't likely be serving while the Legislature is in session.
State Lawmakers Consider Softening Drug PenaltiesHouse members heard testimony Tuesday that despite crime rates going down, drug possession convictions are on the rise.
School Finance Trial Underway In TexasMore than 600 school districts make their cases to the State Supreme Court why the public school funding system is outdated, unfair, inefficient and unconstitutional.
School Finance Case Hits State Supreme CourtLawyers for more than 600 school districts are set to tell the state Supreme Court that classroom funding is inadequate and unfairly distributed via a "hopelessly broken" system.
Texas One Step Closer To Hiring Marijuana GrowersBack in May the State legislature passed the bill allowing Texas to begin manufacturing CBD oil for epilepsy patients.
Planned Parenthood Back Before State SenateAttorney General Ken Paxton is testifying about his investigation of videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss how to harvest tissue from aborted fetuses.
Texas Legislature Ends 2015 SessionTexas 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.
Tech Fund Replaced With University FundThe Texas Legislature has abolished a technology incentive program that former Gov. Rick Perry used to distribute $200 million in taxpayer funds to Texas startups.
'Campus Carry' Bill Gets Big BoostTexas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with State House lawmakers giving preliminary approval to the measure.
State Senate Passes Border Security BillThe 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.
State Senate OKs Foster Care Training BoostThe Senate has approved mandating 35 hours of training for potential foster care parents, more than double what some are now required to have.
Lawmakers Double Line Of Duty Death BenefitThe 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.