Key Issues Facing Texas Lawmakers In 2017Austin and Washington should be far more simpatico under President Trump than the White House's current occupant, but there's still room for potential policy clashes when the Texas Legislature heads back to work.
GOP Maintains Influence Over Most Legislatures, State PolicyDemocrats' hopes to gain majorities in several state legislatures have fallen apart as Republicans across the country were helped by Donald Trump's win in the presidential race.
State Proposes To Increases App Fee For Cannabis Oil Dispensers From $6k To $1.3 MillionBusinesses that want to dispense legally approved cannabis oil in Texas are now expected to pay a substantial application fee.
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TexasMore than 600 school districts make their cases to the State Supreme Court why the public school funding system is outdated, unfair, inefficient and unconstitutional.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.

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