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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)

Texas Abortion Debate Resumes In Austin

The fight over access to abortion in Texas resumes Monday with thousands expected to attend a marathon Senate hearing and a nighttime anti-abortion rally at the Capitol.

07/08/2013

Texas State Capitol

Roads & Juvenile Justice Open Special Session

The Texas Senate on Tuesday will consider bills on transportation funding and juvenile justice in the first hearings of the new special session.

07/02/2013

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.

07/01/2013

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.

06/25/2013

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.

06/21/2013

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.

06/21/2013

Texas State Capitol

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.

06/21/2013

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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.

06/18/2013

Texas State Capitol

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.

06/17/2013

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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.

06/17/2013

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.

06/14/2013

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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.

06/14/2013

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