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1st Bill Reacting To West Blast Meets GOP Pushback

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception Tuesday from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

07/01/2014

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State House Ready For Crowd & Abortion Bill Vote

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.

CBS 11–07/03/2013

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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.

06/13/2013

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Source: Texas Lawmakers Reach Deal On State Budget

Texas lawmakers reached a deal Friday on a two-year spending plan that would restore $3.93 billion to public schools and clear the way for taking $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund for water projects, according to a state official close the negotiations.

05/17/2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry participates in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit on "the role of free enterprise in job creation" on May 3, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Texas Lawmakers Pushing Back On Gov. Perry In 2013

Governor Rick Perry revved up for a presidential bid in 2011 by showing the country who’s boss in Texas: He slashed spending, tightened abortion restrictions and declared illegal immigration a state emergency. He’s not calling the shots anymore.

04/26/2013

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State Lawmakers Hear Bills To Help Sex Assault Victims

Texas lawmakers are advancing proposals to help sexual assault victims.

04/23/2013

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Bill To Deny State Funding For Unofficial Travel

Texas lawmakers are considering whether elected officials should reimburse taxpayers for security costs related to unofficial travel.

03/13/2013

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Lawmakers Begin Filing Bills For 2013 Session

Texas lawmakers have begun filing their bills ahead of the 2013 legislative session. Many of them familiar reruns, while others set the tone for politics next year.

11/13/2012

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State House Fails To Pass TSA Pat-Down Bill

The first special session of the 82nd Legislature has ended. Lawmakers met to consider two remaining bills and sent a minor judicial finance bill to the governor. But they failed to pass a bill that would have outlawed enhanced pat-downs by federal airport screeners

06/29/2011

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State Legislature Expected To Take Up Final Items

The Texas Legislature is expected to take up two essential items of the special session. The House and Senate are expected to make final votes on a fiscal matters bill that will maintain school funding and revamp a hurricane insurance program.

06/28/2011

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High Absenteeism Forces Texas House To Adjourn

Despite needing to pass important bills during the Special Legislative Session, dozens of state lawmakers decided to start their weekend early.

06/24/2011

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Special Session Convenes, Then Promptly Adjourns

The Texas Senate convened a special session Tuesday, met for 30 minutes then adjourned to start drafting new bills. One of the goals of the session – for lawmakers to take another stab at making drastic cuts to public school funding.

05/31/2011

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