Complete coverage of the Texas Legislature.

May 22, 2015

TX Senate Approves Open Carry of Handguns

TX Senate Approves Open Carry of Handguns

Texas Republicans pushing to pass the two major firearms bills of the legislative session have stumbled amid efforts to restrict police powers over people carrying handguns.

May 22, 2015

TX House Mulls Cutting Education Benefits for Vets

TX House Mulls Cutting Education Benefits for Vets

The Texas House has begun debating a bill to slash a free college tuition program for veterans and their children amid conservatives' calls that it is too costly to be sustainable.

May 22, 2015

Things to Know About the Next TX Budget

Things to Know About the Next TX Budget

The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and includes the biggest tax cuts in a decade.

May 22, 2015

Fracking to Resume in Denton After New State Law

Fracking to Resume in Denton After New State Law

A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed, a day after Gov. Greg Abbott signed those limits into law, that it will frack new wells in...

May 22, 2015

TX House Passes Biker Safety Bill Days After Shooting

TX House Passes Biker Safety Bill Days After Shooting

Texas lawmakers have approved motorcycle safety legislation that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker's meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted.

May 21, 2015

TX Lawmakers Approve Fertilizer Safety Bill

TX Lawmakers Approve Fertilizer Safety Bill

Texas lawmakers have sent to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill meant to strengthen regulations for storing the chemical fertilizer that caused a fatal explosion in West in 2013.

May 21, 2015

TX House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse to Marry Gay Couples

TX House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse to Marry Gay Couples

The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs -- further shielding the nation's largest conservative state from a possible U.S.

May 20, 2015

Tax Deal May Save Session, But Not TX Homeowners

Tax Deal May Save Session, But Not TX Homeowners

Billions of dollars in tax cuts that Texas Republicans are scrambling to finalize is now coming with recognition that the economy is slowing and the savings may be short-lived.

May 20, 2015

House OKs Border Security Funding to Fight Rio Grande Plant

House OKs Border Security Funding to Fight Rio Grande Plant

A roughly $800 million border security package working its way through the Texas Legislature is meant to curb drug and people smuggling. But it could also attack another common enemy along the Rio Grande:...

May 20, 2015

Hunting Constitutional Amendment Clears TX Legislature

Hunting Constitutional Amendment Clears TX Legislature

The Texas Legislature has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens' right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.