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Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

TX Lawmakers Face Cash Crunch, Bathroom Bill

TX Lawmakers Face Cash Crunch, Bathroom Bill

A cash crunch and a potential policy showdown over a North Carolina-style transgender bathroom bill are raising tensions as Texas lawmakers return to work Tuesday.

Monday, Jan 9, 2017

Texas Legislature Convenes with Smaller Budget Estimate

Texas Legislature Convenes with Smaller Budget Estimate

When the Texas Legislature convenes Tuesday in Austin, there will be less money for the budget than there was in the 2015 session.

Monday, Jan 9, 2017

Domestic Violence Bill Highlighted in Texas Session

Domestic Violence Bill Highlighted in Texas Session

The 2017 legislative session begins Tuesday, and on the table will be two new bills that take aim at domestic violence in Texas.

Monday, Jan 9, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Consider Reforming Marijuana Laws

Texas Lawmakers Consider Reforming Marijuana Laws

Several bills filed by Texas lawmakers would decriminalize marijuana in the state, or at least allow it for medical reasons.

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017

New Texas Bathroom Bill May Spark North Carolina-Like Uproar

New Texas Bathroom Bill May Spark North Carolina-Like Uproar

Top Texas Republicans are eager to bring a fight that sparked upheaval and business boycotts in North Carolina to the country's largest conservative state, unveiling Thursday a bill that would ban transgender...

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017

State Lawmakers to Consider Vaccination Bills

State Lawmakers to Consider Vaccination Bills

State lawmakers meeting in Austin will consider ways to reduce the number of unvaccinated children in Texas.

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016

TX Senator Pushes For English to Be Official State Language

TX Senator Pushes For English to Be Official State Language

Texas Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) introduced a bill to designate English to be the official language of Texas.

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

New Bill Aimed at Harsher Cyberbullying Penalties

New Bill Aimed at Harsher Cyberbullying Penalties

State legislators will consider "David's Law," which would make cyberbullying a crime in Texas.

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Arlington Lawmaker Pushing Car Seat Safety Bill

Arlington Lawmaker Pushing Car Seat Safety Bill

For the second time, a North Texas lawmaker is trying to get a bill passed requiring-rear facing car seats for young children.

Monday, Dec 5, 2016

North Texas Lawmakers File Gun Legislation

North Texas Lawmakers File Gun Legislation

Last session, Texas state lawmakers approved both open and campus carry in Texas, after months of debate. Those issues may come up again this session.