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Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Legislature OKs Agency Oversight That Forced Special Session

Legislature OKs Agency Oversight That Forced Special Session

State lawmakers have approved bills reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and other agencies whose operations were jeopardized by similar measures stalling previously -- the first pieces of legislation to clear...

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Texas Passes Tough Rules on Reporting Abortion Complications

Texas Passes Tough Rules on Reporting Abortion Complications

The Texas Legislature has approved requiring physicians and clinics to report complications from abortions performed statewide, and impose fines on those who don't.

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

Texas Cuts Aid to 'Colonias' After Years of Offering Help

Texas Cuts Aid to 'Colonias' After Years of Offering Help

Texas' commitment to helping thousands of families who live along the Mexico border in ramshackle communities known as colonias is being questioned after lawmakers cut budgets and assistance programs.

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017

Stars Become Latest to Speak Out Against 'Bathroom Bill'

Stars Become Latest to Speak Out Against 'Bathroom Bill'

The Dallas Stars join the long list of companies and organizations to speak out against proposed bathroom legislation currently up for debate in the Texas Legislature.

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

Status of Bathroom Bills as Special Session Nears Its End

Status of Bathroom Bills as Special Session Nears Its End

NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine looks at where the proposed bathroom bills stand, with just more than a week left in the special session.

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

Potential Medical Meltdown Tied to Sunset Bill

Potential Medical Meltdown Tied to Sunset Bill

We are more than halfway through the special session and lawmakers have yet to pass legislation to keep several state agencies open, including the Texas Medical Board and The Medical Practice Act.

Monday, Jul 31, 2017

Gov. Abbott Talks About Progress in Special Session

Gov. Abbott Talks About Progress in Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting the pressure on the Texas House to pass his special session agenda.

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

Texas Senate OKs Stricter Mail-In Voter Requirements

Texas Senate OKs Stricter Mail-In Voter Requirements

The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill increasing criminal penalties for stealing someone else's mail-in ballot, part of an attempt to curb absentee voting fraud.

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

Senate OKs Texting While Driving Ban Pre-empting Local Rules

Senate OKs Texting While Driving Ban Pre-empting Local Rules

The Texas Senate has approved a beefed-up texting while driving ban that pre-empts existing ordinances against distracted driving in 45 cities statewide.

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

Texas Senate Again OKs Revived 'Bathroom Bill'

Texas Senate Again OKs Revived 'Bathroom Bill'

A Texas version of a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people has again passed the state Senate but still faces obstacles.