A controversial bill to restrict abortions has cleared its first hurdle during the second special session.
Texas House Passes Abortion Bill.
Thousands of people may converge on the Texas State Capitol once again next week. Next Tuesday the full House is expected to vote on House Bill 2, the bill enacting harsh abortion restrictions.
After hours of emotional testimony that stretched late through the night, the Texas House State Affairs Committee approved controversial bills adding new restrictions on abortions, by a margin of 8-3.
More than 2,000 people signed up to testify about proposed abortion restrictions before a Texas House committee on Tuesday, but rules imposed by the panel’s top Republican mean no more than 140 members of the public would get a chance to speak.
Governor Rick Perry has signed a law mandating drug testing for some unemployment benefits recipients.
The Texas House has approved a pilot program allowing parents to purchase concussion insurance for boys who play football and girls who play soccer.
The Texas House has narrowly approved and sent to the Senate a bill cutting taxes on chewing tobacco by more than 30 percent but raising the price of some smaller brands of cigarettes.
The Texas House approved a batch of bills Saturday to further soften gun laws that were already among the country’s most firearms-friendly.
Texas could become the first Gulf Coast state to enact a ban, which protects shark species. Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year to supply the wasteful demand for shark fin soup.
The Texas House has scheduled a vote this week on a bill allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their guns into college classrooms.
Members of the Texas House are considering a bill that would allow manufacturers of 100-percent electric vehicles or all battery-powered vehicles to sell directly to consumers, bypassing car dealers.