After pledging in his campaign to fight for open carry of handguns in Texas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick now said that it is not a State Senate priority and he does not have the votes to pass it.
The Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear the state’s multiyear school finance case, and set a timetable that ensures no decision until after the legislative session ends in June.
Gov. Rick Perry is delivering a farewell address to the Texas Legislature in Austin on Thursday, capping his 14-year term with a final tribute to his own accomplishments.
Without Gov. Rick Perry at the helm for the first time in 14 years, the Texas Legislature returned Tuesday under new Republican leadership that vows lower taxes and looser gun laws but is also confronting party infighting and plunging oil prices that threaten conservative promises.
The Texas Legislature is rumbling back with Republicans set to tackle tax cuts, gun rights, education and immigration, while watching collapsing oil prices that threaten the economy.
Plunging oil prices are expected to dampen how much money state lawmakers will have to spend when the Texas Legislature returns to work in Austin this week.
Incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is set to detail promises of tax cuts and other priorities for the legislative session during a media address scheduled for next week in Austin.
Affluenza — it’s the one word that may have kept Ethan Couch out of jail. But now, several Texas lawmakers want to ban the controversial tactic from being used in court again.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says his administration’s top priorities will be bolstering early education, securing the Texas-Mexico border, cutting taxes and pumping $4 billion annually into a traffic-clogged state road network.
A Texas House panel is again examining how much Gov. Rick Perry’s National Guard troop surge to the Texas-Mexico border will cost the state.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Greg Abbott said that he’s done celebrating. “It is time to put the election behind us and to begin a process of going to work,” he said.
The Texas Legislature will get a dose of new leadership after Tuesday’s election, while Republicans are poised to retain their firm grip as the party in charge of the nation’s second-most populous state.