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Sunday, Mar 19, 2017

'Sanctuary City' Bill, Budget Come Into Focus at Legislature

'Sanctuary City' Bill, Budget Come Into Focus at Legislature

A "sanctuary city" bill, the voter ID law, redistricting and the budget are expected to take center stage at the Texas Legislature this week.

Saturday, Mar 18, 2017

Bill in Texas House Would Require Teaching Positive Traits

Bill in Texas House Would Require Teaching Positive Traits

A bill introduced in the Texas House could require schools to teach students positive character traits like honesty, kindness and school pride.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

New Anti-Abortion Proposals in Texas Get Early OK in Senate

New Anti-Abortion Proposals in Texas Get Early OK in Senate

Two of the most prominent anti-abortion bills this year are positioned to pass the Texas Senate.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Texas House Again Approves Texting While Driving Ban

Texas House Again Approves Texting While Driving Ban

The latest proposal of a statewide ban on texting and driving overwhelmingly won preliminary approval Wednesday in the Texas House of Representatives.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Clears Senate, Heads to the House

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Clears Senate, Heads to the House

The Texas Senate passed a controversial "bathroom bill" Wednesday targeting transgender people, but the proposal still faces big obstacles before becoming a law.

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Debate Property Tax Reform Bill

Texas Lawmakers Debate Property Tax Reform Bill

Lawmakers began their debate on property tax reform Tuesday, during the first week of votes in the Texas Legislature.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Bills Would Allow TX Firefighters, Paramedics to Carry Firearms

Bills Would Allow TX Firefighters, Paramedics to Carry Firearms

There are at least three proposals before Texas state lawmakers that would make it so first responders – firefighters and paramedics – could carry firearms on the job.

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017

'Bathroom Bill' Poised to Clear Texas Senate

'Bathroom Bill' Poised to Clear Texas Senate

A North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" in Texas won preliminary approval Tuesday in the state Senate over the objections of big businesses.

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017

Lawmaker Mocks Abortion Law with Call for Masturbation Fines

Lawmaker Mocks Abortion Law with Call for Masturbation Fines

A Texas lawmaker is making a point about legislation that restricts women's access to health care and abortions by proposing to fine men $100 when they masturbate.

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017

Rough Road for Texas Women's Health Program

Rough Road for Texas Women's Health Program

Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on Planned Parenthood that other clinics will step up to provide their low-cost breast exams, contraception and cancer screenings.