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Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Senate Panel Approves Revisions to Texas Voter ID Law

Senate Panel Approves Revisions to Texas Voter ID Law

A Senate panel has approved changes to Texas' strict voter ID law that includes tougher penalties for people found guilty of trying to get around the rules while casting a ballot.

Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Texas Senate Approves Grants for Bullet-Resistant Vests

Texas Senate Approves Grants for Bullet-Resistant Vests

The Texas Senate has approved several law enforcement measures, including a $25 million program to provide officers with bullet-resistant vests.

Monday, Mar 13, 2017

Lawmakers Push for More Cold Case Rape Kit Testing

Lawmakers Push for More Cold Case Rape Kit Testing

State Senators will hear testimony Monday on a bill that would increase funds for rape kit testing.

Friday, Mar 10, 2017

Last-Minute Bills Filed Before Texas Legislature Deadline

Last-Minute Bills Filed Before Texas Legislature Deadline

Texas lawmakers have filed hundreds of last-minute bills in their final chance to propose new laws for 2017.

Friday, Mar 10, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Addressing Food Deserts With New Bills

Texas Lawmakers Addressing Food Deserts With New Bills

State Senators and local representatives are in Austin hoping to give families who live in food desert communities more healthy options.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Senate OKs Bill on Improper Teacher-Student Relationships

Senate OKs Bill on Improper Teacher-Student Relationships

A new bill cracking down on the growing problem of improper teacher-student relationships in Texas has unanimously passed through the Senate.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

TX Rep. Discusses Bill to Save Dallas Pension Crisis

TX Rep. Discusses Bill to Save Dallas Pension Crisis

House Bill 3158 is sponsored by State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, chairman of the House Pension Committee, who has been negotiating with Dallas leaders on the compromise plan for months.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Advances After Hours of Testimony

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Advances After Hours of Testimony

A North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" has cleared a first vote in Texas after 13 consecutive hours of public comment dominated by transgender-rights supporters who scolded the measure.

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

Dallas Police and Fire Pension Bailout Bill Filed in Austin

Dallas Police and Fire Pension Bailout Bill Filed in Austin

A bill that could solve the multi-billion dollar Dallas Police and Fire Pension crisis was filed in Austin Tuesday after months of negotiation.

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017

Controversial 'Bathroom Bill' Takes Spotlight Tuesday

Controversial 'Bathroom Bill' Takes Spotlight Tuesday

The controversial Senate Bill Six, known as the "Bathroom Bill," takes center stage in Austin Tuesday.