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Senate Panel Recommends Moving Texas Public Integrity Unit

A Texas Senate committee has recommended moving state public corruption prosecutors out of the office of an Austin-based district attorney.

03/16/2015

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Controversy Over “Former Fetus” Sign At The State Capitol

The signs delivered to state lawmakers in Austin had a strong message with just two words: Former Fetus. But it wasn’t the message that caused a flap, it was the interaction between two Republican lawmakers about where the sign was hung.

CBS 11–03/11/2015

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Texas Senate Passes First Bill Of Session, Road Funding Plan

The Texas Senate approved the first bill of the legislative session on Wednesday, with speedy passage of a plan to shift billions of dollars generated by vehicle sales taxes to building and maintaining roads strained by the state’s booming population.

03/04/2015

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Texas Conservatives Back Teacher Evaluations, School Grading Plans

Top conservatives clamoring for ‘school choice’ voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights.

03/03/2015

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Texas Republicans Want Medicaid Flexibility, Not Expansion

All 20 Texas Senate Republicans sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama demanding more flexibility for their state to administer Medicaid

03/02/2015

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Lt. Gov. Patrick Names Senate Committees, Further Punishes Democrats

Democrats in the Texas Senate were shoved further aside by the Republican majority Friday as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee appointments with the minority party in charge of only two panels.

01/23/2015

Rick Perry Discusses Immigration And Border Crisis In Washington DC

Conservative Perry Strikes Moderate Tone In Farewell Speech

Rick Perry has been a reliable conservative as Texas’ longest-serving governor, becoming an early adopter of tea party values and leaving the state further to the right than when he took office in 2000.

CBS 11–01/15/2015

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‘Citizen’ Board Of Wealthy Texas Donors Will Help Lawmakers

Billionaire political donors and other special interest heavyweights are among ‘citizen advisory’ members named by incoming Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to help Texas lawmakers write bills over the next five months.

01/15/2015

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Texas Lawmakers Want More Protection Following Run-In With Gun Rights Activists

Open Carry Gun activists wandering the hallways of the Capitol building in Austin have some state lawmakers calling for heightened security.

01/14/2015

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Gun Advocates Mill Part Of Handgun On State Capitol Steps

In front of the state capitol, gun rights advocates with the group Come and Take it Texas, used a machine to make the lower part of a gun and a point.

CBS 11–01/13/2015

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Taxes, Immigration Top Texas Lawmakers’ Agenda

The start of Texas’ 140-day legislative session Tuesday may answer some key questions on several important topics, but it is sure to raise many others.

01/12/2015

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Lt. Gov. Patrick: Nix In-State Tuition Law, Prosecutor Unit Funding

Patrick pledged hefty property and business tax cuts, as well pushing to scrap a popular 2001 Texas law offering in-state university tuition to the children of people who came to the U.S. illegally.

01/08/2015

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