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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lt. Gov. Patrick Fights for Property Tax, Privacy Bills

Lt. Gov. Patrick Fights for Property Tax, Privacy Bills

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he is hopeful that property tax reform and the Texas Privacy Act get further attention if there is a special session.

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017

Lt. Gov. Dissects 85th Legislative Session

Lt. Gov. Dissects 85th Legislative Session

NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine spoke with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick about a possible special session.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Governor Signs Sweeping Child Welfare Overhaul Into Law

Governor Signs Sweeping Child Welfare Overhaul Into Law

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a trio of new laws meant to improve Texas' troubled foster care system.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Abbott Won't Rule Out 'Bathroom Bill' in Special Session

Abbott Won't Rule Out 'Bathroom Bill' in Special Session

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott won't rule out including a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people if he chooses to call lawmakers back to work for a special legislative session.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Texas Legislature Ends Session, May Be Back Soon

Texas Legislature Ends Session, May Be Back Soon

State lawmakers have adjourned their 140 day legislative session -- but they could be headed back to work soon.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Texas Lawmaker in House Scuffle Says He's Receiving Threats

Texas Lawmaker in House Scuffle Says He's Receiving Threats

Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Gov. Abbott to Announce Special Session Decision

Gov. Abbott to Announce Special Session Decision

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he won't make a decision until later this week on whether to call state lawmakers back to work as their 140-day legislation session ends Monday.

Monday, May 29, 2017

TX Lawmakers Request Harsher Punishments for Corpse Abusers

TX Lawmakers Request Harsher Punishments for Corpse Abusers

Texas Legislators approved a bill that will elevate penalties for those who abuse a corpse.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Texas Approves Overhaul of School A-F Ratings

Texas Approves Overhaul of School A-F Ratings

The Texas Legislature has approved an overhaul of an academic accountability rating system that issues schools and school districts A to F letter grades.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Texas Lt. Gov. Calls Out House Members at End of Legislative Session

Texas Lt. Gov. Calls Out House Members at End of Legislative Session

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick held a press conference Sunday afternoon with other members of the Texas Senate, calling out the Texas House for not completing their work during the normal session.