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Texas Legislature

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Drug Tests, Texting Bans On 1st Day Of Bill Filing

Drug testing for welfare recipients and another crack at a statewide texting-while-driving ban are among bills lawmakers are filing ahead of the first legislative session under Gov.-elect Greg Abbott.

11/11/2014

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Texas Universities Seeking Billions For Construction

Several Texas universities are seeking money from the Legislature to build and update facilities on their campuses.

11/05/2014

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Texas Bingo Operators Win Suit To Lobby Lawmakers

A federal appeals court has ruled that charitable bingo operators are allowed to use proceeds from their games to lobby Texas lawmakers on a variety of issues, including gambling.

07/29/2014

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House Committee Scrutinizing Texas Foster Care

A legislative committee examining ways to better-protect youngsters in Texas foster care will convene for the first time since two foster children drowned over July Fourth weekend.

07/24/2014

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Texas Lawmakers Mull More ‘Dark Money’ Disclosure

A top Texas House committee on Thursday re-examined a possible crackdown on anonymous donations from “dark money” political groups, defying Gov. Rick Perry, who has already vetoed a plan that would have subjected them to stricter disclosure laws.

05/01/2014

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Texas House Candidate Sees Roadkill As Food, Not Waste

Rack of raccoon or smidgen of pigeon could be on the menu if legislators take up the call by Tink Nathan to allow motorists to collect and consume roadkill. It’s currently a misdemeanor offense to gather it.

02/21/2014

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Plaintiffs Rest In Phase 2 Of Texas School Finance Trial

The 600-plus school districts suing Texas over how it funds public education wrapped up their case, as the sweeping trial’s second phase winds down.

02/04/2014

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Education Emerging As Issue In Abbott-Davis Race

Classrooms in Texas are dramatically changing in 2014. So might education politics in the governor’s race. Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis continued trading barbs over public schools, despite neither yet unveiling an education platform.

12/11/2013

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Court Reinstates Most Of Texas’ New Abortion Rules

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately — a decision that means as least 12 clinics won’t be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.

10/31/2013

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Groups Sue To Halt Key Parts Of Texas Abortion Law

More than a dozen women’s health providers have filed a federal lawsuit to block key provisions of a new abortion law that threw the Texas Legislature into chaos as it was approved.

09/27/2013

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Perry Taps Old Appointees For Revamped Water Board

Governor Rick Perry on Friday stocked the new three-member Texas Water Development Board, which will be paid for the first time in state history, with two previous political appointments and an aide from his own staff.

08/16/2013

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Texas Legislature Passes Roads Bill, Adjourns 3rd Special Session

The third time is a charm for Texas lawmakers, as the Texas Legislature ends the third special session of the year after passing a major transportation measure.

CBS 11–08/05/2013

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