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State House Members Back For Redistricting

The Texas House of Representatives is back in Austin to work on redistricting after holding hearings across the state.


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Lawmakers Get Update On West Investigation

Officials are set to again brief members of a key Texas House committee on their ongoing investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people in the town of West.


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State Senate Expected To Approve Voter Maps

The Texas Senate is scheduled to vote on the state’s political maps and a new sentence for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder.


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Perry To OK Drug Testing For Unemployment

Gov. Rick Perry is to sign a law mandating drug testing for some unemployment benefits recipients. The governor is holding a special signing ceremony Friday at the Capitol.



Perry Says No More Items For Special Session

Governor Rick Perry said Thursday that he will not be adding any more items to the special legislative session currently underway in Austin, disappointing lawmakers who wanted more on the agenda.


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Perry Set To Sign “Merry Christmas” Bill

Christmas may be more than six months away, but it’s already on the mind of Gov. Rick Perry, who plans to sign a bill removing legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in public schools.


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State Senators Consider Abortion Restrictions

Texas senators are meeting to consider placing more restrictions on when, where and how women can get abortions.


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Senate Plan Would Send Nearly $1 Bil To Texas Roads

Texas lawmakers are considering diverting nearly $1 billion a year from the state’s cash reserves into a fund dedicated to building and maintaining roads.


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State Senate Panel Mulls Transportation Funding

Texas lawmakers are pondering how to solve the state’s billion-dollar problem of paying for roads and other transportation projects.


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Lawmakers Consider Political District Changes

Texas lawmakers are expected to consider alternatives to the state’s political districts and hear additional testimony on the highly-partisan issue.


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Perry Adds Road Funding To Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry has added funding for transportation to the special session. Perry said that the state’s growing economy and population made additional spending on roads necessary.


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Redistricting Hearings Set For Dallas & Austin

Texas lawmakers are inviting the public to weigh-in on the state’s political districts at hearings in both Dallas and Austin. The hearings are scheduled for Thursday.