Texas Senate

Major TX Campus Carry Concession May Allow 'Gun-Free Zones'A contentious bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in Texas will likely let schools carve out large gun-free zones, as state lawmakers negotiate final language before Monday's deadline.
Texas Senate OKs Wrongful Conviction Exoneration CommissionThe Texas Senate has approved a bill establishing an 11-member commission that will examine wrongful convictions.
Senate Mandates Suicide Prevention Training For Texas TeachersThe Texas Senate has voted to require public school teachers to undergo two hours of annual training on suicide prevention.
Texas Senate OKs Keeping Execution Drug Suppliers SecretThe identity of execution drug makers for the nation's busiest death chamber would remain confidential under a bill passed by the Texas Senate.
New Ban On Abortion Coverage Easily Clears Texas SenateMost abortions in Texas could not be covered by insurance purchased through the Affordable Care Act under a bill that has cleared the Republican-controlled Senate.
Texas Legislature OKs Rules Prohibiting City Fracking BansCities and counties statewide could no longer prohibit hydraulic fracturing under a sweeping, oil and gas industry-backed bill that has cleared the Texas Legislature.
Senate Passes Sales Tax-Free Weekend For Gun PurchasesThe Texas Senate has approved a plan that would allow shoppers to buy guns, ammunition and hunting supplies without having to pay sales taxes during the last weekend in August.
Red Light Cameras Could Be Finished In TexasThe state of Texas could put red light cameras in the rearview mirror under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate.
Texas House OKs Plan To Let Some Students Bypass Test RulesTexas lawmakers could let thousands of Texas high school students graduate this year even if they fail some of the standardized tests normally required for a diploma.
Texas Senate Advances School Vouchers; House Still OpposedThe 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.
Senate Votes To Move Texas Public Integrity Unit From AustinThe Texas Senate has voted to move state public corruption investigations out of left-leaning Austin and into district attorneys' offices in the home county of elected officials accused of wrongdoing.
Texas Senators Approve State Contracting Bill After HHS Commissioner ScandalTexas 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.