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Texas House Approves Slicing State Sales Taxes For 1st Time

The House has preliminarily approved a $4.9 billion tax cut package featuring the first sales tax reduction in Texas history – setting the chamber up for a fight with the Senate over whose tax plan is best.

04/28/2015

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Texas Senate Advances School Vouchers; House Still Opposed

The Texas Senate has advanced a school voucher plan using taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

04/20/2015

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No Vote On Texas Open Carry Bill Tuesday

The bill is headed back to committee to correct an error.

CBS 11–04/14/2015

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Texas Senate OKs Budget, But Long Way To Abbott’s Desk Ahead

With seven weeks left, the real wrangling in Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s first session now begins.

04/14/2015

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Technicality Halts Texas ‘Open Carry’ Bill, For Now

Democratic state lawmakers have used a technical objection to temporarily derail a high-profile push to overturn Texas’ post-Civil War ban on the open carry of handguns.

04/14/2015

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House Republicans: Cut Texas Sales Tax Rate, Not Property Taxes

Texas would cut its sales tax rate for the first time in history under a House Republican plan that scraps homeowner tax relief sought by Gov. Greg Abbott.

04/08/2015

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GOP Effort To Repeal In-State Tuition Law Takes Center Stage

The Republican-controlled Legislature began a push Monday to repeal Texas’ 14-year-old law that gives the children of some people living in the United States illegally in-state tuition at public universities.

04/06/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Mull Increasing Juvenile Criminal Age To 18

Texas lawmakers are considering changing the state’s definition of who is considered an adult in the criminal justice system, and even some who disagree with parts of the proposals say the policy should be changed.

04/01/2015

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Following 18-Hour Debate, Texas Budget Battle Has Only Begun

The budget plan bursts with big wins for Texas Republicans: more border security dollars, room for tax cuts and new jabs at abortion providers.

04/01/2015

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Microbrewery Laws Being Considered Nationwide

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.

04/01/2015

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Texas Senators Approve State Contracting Bill After HHS Commissioner Scandal

Texas Senators have unanimously approved a measure aimed at increasing transparency in state contracts, one day after the release of a scathing report detailing a no-bid state contract.

03/31/2015

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Texas House Passes Bill Outlawing Texting While Driving

For the third time, the Texas House has passed a bill outlawing texting while driving.

03/26/2015

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