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State Sen. Kirk Watson helps the Democrats defeat the anti-abortion bill SB5, which was up for a vote on the last day of the legislative special session on June 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Abortion Bill Debate Begins Again In Austin

The political gloves are back on Monday morning, as state lawmakers head to Austin once again for another special session. A controversial abortion bill is back in the spotlight.


The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down all abortion clinics in the nation’s second most-populous state, and Democrats planned an old-fashioned marathon filibuster to stop the final vote. (credit: Alyssa Potasznik)

Filibuster Could Halt Texas Abortion Bill Vote

The clock is ticking toward a vote in the Texas Senate on strict abortion regulations. But a historic filibuster in Austin could stand in the way.


The Texas State Capitol building. (credit: Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

House Committee Approves New State Abortion Regs

A Texas House committee has approved new restrictions on abortions in the state, after cutting short an 11-hour hearing and denying hundreds of people the opportunity to testify against them.


People gather outside of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. (credit: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Abortion Debate Creates Chaos At The Capitol

There were fireworks at the special legislative session in Austin early Friday morning. Lawmakers were listening to testimony about a controversial bill on new abortion regulations. But things got a little bit out of control.


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State Lawmakers To Pass Special Session Bills

Texas lawmakers are scheduled to approve redistricting maps and a new sentence for juveniles who commit capital crimes as they face key deadlines in the special legislative session.


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Transportation & Abortion Votes In State Senate

The Texas Senate returns to Austin for scheduled votes on new transportation funding and abortion restrictions.


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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.


People gather outside of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. (credit: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.