Dallas Mayor Looking For Help In Senate After Pension Fund Bill Passes House"This may very well be my Alamo," said Mayor Mike Rawlings, who opposes the legislation.
Texas Senate Votes To Eliminate Vehicle Safety InspectionsAccording to a Senate study, more than 500,000 vehicles didn't pass safety inspection in 2014 and 2015.
Texas Senate Passes Bill Requiring School Bus Seat BeltsThousands more Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.
Texas Senate Approves Closing State Refugee OfficeThe Texas Senate has approved shuttering a state agency that had overseen a federal program resettling refugees in Texas — a symbolic move that comes months after Gov. Greg Abbott said the state would stop cooperating with the process.
Texas Senate Endorses Bill Letting Home-Schoolers Play In UILThe Texas Senate has approved a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports and other activities.
House OKs Major School Finance Fix; Senate's Plans UncertainThe Texas House late Wednesday night approved a sweeping, bipartisan school finance plan that pumps an extra $1.6 billion into classrooms and begins overhauling the troubled way the state pays for public education.
Governor Abbott Gives First Clear Support For Texas 'Bathroom Bill'Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is giving his first clear support for a "bathroom bill" that supporters say is similar to North Carolina's recent compromise but opponents still reject as discriminatory.
Texas Senate Passes 2 Campus Sexual Assault Reporting BillsThe Texas Senate has approved bills exempting victims and witnesses of sexual assaults from being punished under university code of conduct rules and making it easier to report such assaults anonymously and online.
Texas House Defies Senate, Decries VouchersDuring last week's marathon state budget debate, the House voted 103-44 to prohibit using taxpayer funding for private schools, expressly forbidding vouchers.
Final Texas House Vote On Bill To Crowdfund Rape Kit TestingMembers of the Texas House could give final approval today to a measure that would help fund more testing of evidence in sexual assault cases. For years there has been a massive backlog in getting rape kits tested in cities across the state.
Texas Senate Honors Collin County Deputies For BraveryThe Texas Senate unanimously passed a resolution commending Deputy Charles "Chuck" Sibley and Lieutenant Tami McCullough for their "heroic actions that saved the lives of four individuals."
Texas Senate Approves Tuition Freeze For Performance StandardsThe Texas Senate has endorsed freezing tuition rates at public universities for two years and making schools meet performance benchmarks before raising them again.
Lt. Gov. Patrick Renews Defense Of 'Bathroom Bill'Republican Dan Patrick said Tuesday he believes it is now "abundantly clear" that efforts to require people in Texas to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate are not in conflict with NCAA goals.
Texas Senate Approves Ending Public Payroll Union Deductions The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to ending voluntary payroll deductions of union dues from state and public employee paychecks.
Texas Senate OKs 'Fetal Remains' Bill Despite Court Case The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains from abortions and miscarriages, even though a federal judge already blocked an existing state rule requiring the same thing.