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.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice asks lawmakers to approve legal funding for military veterans and says laws making it a criminal offense to skip school are not working.
If passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, Nichols’ plan wouldn’t touch the first $2.5 billion generated annually, but would divert the rest for transportation infrastructure beginning in the 2018-2019 state budgetary cycle.
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.
Texas is one of the few states with ban on the open carry of handguns that could change in 2015, with push for expanded gun rights.
New historically accurate carpet for the Texas Senate comes from England as part of a more than $500,000 update to the chamber in Austin.
Ray Farabee, conservative Democratic state senator and former vice chancellor of the University of Texas system has died
Governor Rick Perry has called lawmakers into a third special session minutes after the second special session formally ended.
Republicans in the Texas Legislature have passed an omnibus abortion bill that is one of the most restrictive in the nation.
The Texas Senate convened Friday afternoon to begin debate and ultimately vote on a bill to implement some of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions. Vocal demonstrators on both sides of the issue filled the Texas Capitol.
This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber’s top Republican is determined not to let anything — or anyone — derail a vote.
The Texas Senate was poised to cast a final vote on tough new abortion restrictions after a committee approved the measure Thursday, and top Republicans and Democrats acknowledged there is little to stop it from becoming law this time.