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Sen. Rodney Ellis assists Sen. Wendy Davis with a back brace, which later resulted in her second warning during the filibuster. (credit: Statesman.com, Alberto Martinez)

Abortion Bill Filibuster Broken

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.

CBS 11–06/25/2013

Senate Bill 5, the controversial Texas bill that would enact wide-ranging restrictions on abortions, is introduced on June 25. Fort Worth Senator Wendy Davis stands to speak at 11:18 a.m. Davis is expected to deliver a 12+ hour speech in order to block the bill’s passage. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Democratic Fort Worth Senator Filibusters Against Abortion Bill

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.

06/25/2013

Vials to be used to collect samples for drug and alcohol testing. (credit: Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)

Perry Signs Drug Testing For Unemployment Law

Governor Rick Perry has signed a law mandating drug testing for some unemployment benefits recipients.

06/14/2013

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Senate Plan Would Send Nearly $1 Bil To Texas Roads

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.

06/12/2013

Vials to be used to collect samples for drug and alcohol testing. (credit: Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)

Approved Bill Would Drug Test Some Unemployment Benefit Applicants

It looks like a bill that would drug test some Texans who receive unemployment will become law.

CBSDFW.COM–05/23/2013

High School Football Field

Texas Lawmakers Pushing For Review Of UIL

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.

05/21/2013

A woman fills out her Mega Millions lottery ticket. (credit: Getty Images/Tim Boyle)

Texas Senate Votes To Extend Lottery

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.

05/17/2013

Students work during a math class. (credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas House OKs Reduced Testing For Younger Students

The Texas House has approved and sent to the Senate a bill reducing standardized testing for elementary and middle school students.

04/30/2013

Gun Show Held At Pima County Fairgrounds

Texas Senate Votes To Cut Training Time For CHL

The Texas Senate has voted to drastically cut back the hours of training needed to get s state concealed handgun license.

04/18/2013

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Texas Senate Votes To Overhaul Parent Trigger Law

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.

04/17/2013

A person holds a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride parade. (credit: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/GettyImages)

Texas Senators Consider Homosexual Discrimination Bill

Texas senators have begun considering a bill that would ban discrimination against homosexuals and transgender people in the workplace.

04/03/2013

Students at a graduation ceremony. (credit: China Photos/Getty Images)

Texas High School Graduation Requirements Could Be Changing

Earlier this week the Texas House pushed through a plan that would eliminate all but five of the required end of course exams required to graduate. Currently students must pass 15 to get their high school diploma.

03/28/2013

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