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.
Texas’ lieutenant governor late Tuesday suspended a senator’s filibuster against wide-ranging abortion restrictions, but Democrats moved quickly to appeal the decision and set off a parliamentary fight over the rules.
Wearing pink tennis shoes to prepare for more than 12 consecutive hours of standing, Fort Worth Senator Wendy Davis began her one-woman filibuster to block a GOP-led effort that would effectively close most state abortion clinics.
Governor Rick Perry has signed a law mandating drug testing for some unemployment benefits recipients.
Texas lawmakers are considering diverting nearly $1 billion a year from the state’s cash reserves into a fund dedicated to building and maintaining roads.
It looks like a bill that would drug test some Texans who receive unemployment will become law.
One of the chief critics of the University Interscholastic League is pushing lawmakers to conduct a thorough review of the governing body for public Texas high school sports.
The Texas Senate has voted to extend the life of the state lottery in a vote that was much less contentious than in the House, where some lawmakers tried to kill it off.
The Texas House has approved and sent to the Senate a bill reducing standardized testing for elementary and middle school students.
The Texas Senate has voted to drastically cut back the hours of training needed to get s state concealed handgun license.
The Texas Senate has approved legislation to expedite the parental right to close public schools or convert them into charter schools if they are under performing academically.
Texas senators have begun considering a bill that would ban discrimination against homosexuals and transgender people in the workplace.