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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

Texas Capitol Building (Photo J.Burkett, CBSDFW.COM)

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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Texas House Trying School Finance Fix Amid Court Fight

The Texas House is launching an ambitious attempt to fix the troubled way the state pays for public schools without waiting for the conclusion of a bitter, ongoing court battle.

03/25/2015

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Funding Battle Brewing As Billions Left Unspent In Texas House Budget

Billions of available dollars remain unspent under a House budget that sets up battles over tax cuts and extra money for roads and classrooms in the final two months of the Legislature.

03/24/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Propose Bills To Regulate Drilling Statewide

If you think gas wells are too close to homes and schools, wait until you hear how much closer they could be getting.

03/23/2015

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Texas Senate Approves Concealed Campus Carry Gun Bill

The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms, a day after passing a measure allowing open carry of guns most everywhere else in America’s second most-populous state.

03/18/2015

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Texas House OKs Sweeping Border Security Bill

Plans to hire of hundreds of new troopers for the Texas-Mexico border is part of sweeping border security measures tentatively approved by the Texas House.

03/18/2015

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Texas’ Unusual Grand Jury System Gets New Scrutiny

Grand juries in Texas are chosen like no other place in the country.

03/17/2015

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Texas Senate Approves Handgun Open Carry Bill, Sends To House

The Texas Senate has given its final approval to licensed open carry of handguns in the state, sending the measure to the House.

03/17/2015

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