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Texas Lawmakers Boost State Spending

The Texas Legislature may not be spending quite like a drunken sailor, but lawmakers have certainly got the checkbook out as they work on the next state budget.

03/31/2013

A man smokes a cigarette outside of a no-smoking building. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

North Texas Rep. Pushing For Statewide Smoking Ban

A North Texas representative has filed a bill to make all businesses in the state smoke-free. Denton Republican Myra Crownover says House Bill 400 is targeted to protect employees from second-hand smoke.

CBSDFW.COM–03/13/2013

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

Teachers, Parents Stage School Rally At Capitol

More than 2,000 teachers, students, parents and school administrators from around Texas are rallying at the state Capitol to demand the restoration of $5.4 billion in public education cuts the Legislature approved in 2011.

02/23/2013

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Hearing Monday On Temporary District Maps

A hearing is scheduled in federal court in South Texas that could determine what district lines can be used temporarily as election officials prepare for next year’s primaries.

10/31/2011

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

State Republicans Blame Each Other For Immigration Bill Failure

When the immigration enforcement bill died again this week without a vote in the Texas House, Democrats smirked while Governor Rick Perry and GOP lawmakers angrily blamed each other for its demise.

06/30/2011

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State House OKs Lower Pay & Furloughs For Teachers

School districts will be able to pay public school teachers less and furlough them without pay beginning in 2012 under a bill passed by the House on Thursday.

06/16/2011

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Texas House OKs Congressional Redistricting Map

The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a new congressional redistricting map over objections from Democrats about minority representation.

06/14/2011

A woman takes a photo of the Texas Senate chamber during the 82nd Legislative session. (credit: Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

Budget Hearings Underway In Texas House, Senate

Lawmakers are hoping for a quick resolution to the school finance jam that sparked the special session. Public hearings on a handful of budget-related bills started Thursday, just two days after the special session convened.

06/02/2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to delegates at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, April 9, 2010. (credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)

State Water Conservation Bill Heads To Gov. Perry’s Desk

The Texas House has sent to the governor legislation that would offer land owners tax breaks for water conservation. It’s an incentive plan little-seen nationwide that comes as many parts of the state are struggling through a punishing drought.

05/21/2011

A customer looks over a .45-caliber pistol in suburban Chicago on July 12, 2010. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Bill Lets Lawmakers Carry Guns Where Public Can’t

Texas senators have voted to allow legislators and statewide elected officials who are concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into places the rest of the public is not.

05/09/2011

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Texas House Votes To Block Family Planning Funds

The Texas House resolved not to compromise on cutting spending for family planning programs or to avoid tapping the Rainy Day Fund.

05/06/2011

Exhaust plumes from cooling towers at a coal-fired power station on August 10, 2010. (credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Texas House Bill Would Make It Harder To Stop Polluters

The Texas House passed legislation Tuesday that would make it harder for citizens to block permits for industrial plants that emit pollutants.

04/20/2011

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