State Legislature

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

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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Bill Would Bar Gun Status In Medical Records

Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would keep a person’s gun ownership status from being listed in their medical records.

04/02/2015

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State House Passes $210 Billion Budget Plan

Debate over the $210 billion spending plan was on track to stretch past midnight before its expected passage by the GOP-controlled Texas House.

04/01/2015

A volunteer health worker takes blood from a patient for an HIV-AIDS test. (credit: Kambou Sia/AFP/Getty Images)

State Measure Cuts Funds From HIV Prevention

Texas would cut $3 million from programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and spend that money instead on abstinence education under a contentious Republican-sponsored measure.

04/01/2015

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Schools & Border Big In Texas House Budget

The Texas House on Tuesday is expected to approve a budget that would drastically increase border security spending and put an extra $800 million into public schools.

03/31/2015

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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

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