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.
A controversial bill to restrict abortions has cleared its first hurdle during the second special session.
With the crowd in the Texas Senate gallery chanting at deafening levels, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst stood at the podium with his hands in his pockets as his fellow Republicans pleaded and shouted for order.
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth spent nearly 11 hours trying to filibuster a controversial abortion bill. When Republicans ended the filibuster before the midnight deadline, the raucous crowd took over, ultimately causing the bill to die in the senate.