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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.

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Texas' Lieutenant Governor Renews Defense of 'Bathroom Bill'

Texas' Lieutenant Governor Renews Defense of 'Bathroom Bill'

Texas' lieutenant governor is renewing his defense of a so-called "bathroom bill" now that the NCAA is putting North Carolina back into consideration for championship events.

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Texas Bill Lets Officials Deny Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

Texas Bill Lets Officials Deny Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

A bill allowing county judges and other officials to refuse to issue licenses for same-sex marriages because of religious objections is headed to the full Texas Senate.

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Senate Approves Tuition Freeze for Performance Standards

Senate Approves Tuition Freeze for Performance Standards

The Texas Senate has endorsed freezing tuition rates at public universities for two years and making schools meet performance benchmarks before raising them again.

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

Texas Senate Votes to Boost Security for Judges After Attack

Texas Senate Votes to Boost Security for Judges After Attack

The Texas Senate has voted to boost security protections for state and local judges after an attempted assassination of a district judge outside her Austin home in 2015.