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Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

Tough Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill Moves Closer to Approval

Tough Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill Moves Closer to Approval

A tough Texas bill cracking down on local police who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law is poised to clear a key legislative hurdle toward becoming law.

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

House OKs Online Tracking System for Sex Assault Cases

House OKs Online Tracking System for Sex Assault Cases

The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a hotly debated bill allowing county judges and other officials to refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couple because of personal religious objections.

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Texas Bill Lets Officials Deny Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

Texas Bill Lets Officials Deny Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a hotly debated bill allowing county judges and other officials to refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couple because of personal religious objections.

Monday, Apr 10, 2017

Senate OKs Easing University Code Rules in Sex Assault Cases

Senate OKs Easing University Code Rules in Sex Assault Cases

The Texas Senate has approved exempting victims and witnesses of sexual assaults from being punished under university code of conduct rules for violations such as underage drinking on campus.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017

Texas Senate Hearing Set for Bill to Abolish DCS Bus Agency

Texas Senate Hearing Set for Bill to Abolish DCS Bus Agency

A bill that would abolish the troubled busing agency Dallas County Schools will get a hearing in the Texas Legislature nest week.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017

Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving Goes to Texas Senate

Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving Goes to Texas Senate

A statewide ban on texting while driving may soon become the law of the land in Texas after several years of coming up short.

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

Texas House Nixes Vouchers, May Doom Senate Bill

Texas House Nixes Vouchers, May Doom Senate Bill

The Texas House has voted to oppose taxpayer dollars going to private and religious schools -- expressly forbidding state funding for vouchers.

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017

Texas Mulls Asking Drivers to Help it Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Texas Mulls Asking Drivers to Help it Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Texas is considering asking drivers to help it clear its huge backlog of untested rape kits, a novel approach that has been well received by cost-conscious Republican lawmakers and one that other states...

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Texas Senate Endorses Campus Assault Reporting Bill

Texas Senate Endorses Campus Assault Reporting Bill

The Texas Senate has voted to approve tough new requirements for university employees and student leaders to report instances of sexual assault or dating violence.

Monday, Apr 17, 2017

New Bathroom Bill Headed to a TX House Committee This Week

New Bathroom Bill Headed to a TX House Committee This Week

A Texas House Committee will hear a new bathroom bill and will decide if the bill will head to the House floor for a full vote.