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State House OKs Ban On Texting While Driving

A statewide ban on texting while driving gained preliminary approval in the Texas House on Wednesday, advancing a plan that four years ago fell victim to a gubernatorial veto.

03/26/2015

A student writes during a school lesson on September 4, 2003. (credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

State Senate Panel Mulls School Voucher Plan

A Texas Senate education panel is considering a sweeping but divisive voucher plan that would let families get state funding to send their children to private and religious schools.

03/26/2015

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Texas Bill Seeks To Ban Gay Marriage Licenses

A contentious debate is expected as a Texas House committee hears a bill barring state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages — even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them.

03/25/2015

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State Senate Gives 1st OK To Open Carry

The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval Monday to a measure that would make the Lone Star State the largest in the country to allow licensed open carry of handguns.

03/17/2015

Texas state capitol at night

State Senators Discuss Divisive Immigration Bill

State senators are renewing discussion on an immigration bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” an issue that has roiled the Texas Legislature in past sessions.

03/16/2015

Texas Capitol Building (Photo J.Burkett, CBSDFW.COM)

Lawmaker Drops Religious Freedom Proposal

A legislator from Dallas has scrapped his proposal preventing the government from burdening a person’s free exercise of religion after opposition from Texas businesses.

03/11/2015

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State Senate Panel Mulls ‘Protect The Alamo Act’

State Sen. Donna Campbell wants to ensure that history never repeats itself. Only this time it’s the United Nations — not Santa Anna’s army — that she worries may pose a threat.

02/24/2015

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Abbott To Talk Border In State Of The State

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to tell lawmakers that border security, roads and education are the biggest issues facing Texans during in his first State of the State address.

02/17/2015

Texas Capitol Building (Photo J.Burkett, CBSDFW.COM)

2-Year State Legislature Not So ‘Part Time’

Texas is proud of its part time State Legislature. But the 140-day session doesn’t even rank in the top 10 for least legislative days worked over two-year periods.

02/16/2015

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Disease Response Bills After Dallas Ebola Case

Members of a top Texas Senate health panel are unveiling proposals to bolster the state’s infectious disease response in the wake of the first U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed in Dallas last summer.

02/11/2015

A researcher looks at a laboratory sample under a microscope. (credit: AP Photo)

Bill Aims To Expand Access To DNA Testing

A Texas lawmaker is filing a bill intended to fix issues created by a 2011 law he authored that makes crime-scene DNA testing difficult for convicts.

02/09/2015

George P. Bush speaks on night two of the Republican National Convention August 31, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

George P. Bush Seizes Conservative Spotlight

George P. Bush’s new job has nothing to do with abortion or money for private schools. But after barely 30 days in office, he’s already headlined high-profile rallies on both issues.

02/05/2015

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