Complete coverage of the Texas Legislature.

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.

May 18, 2015

Abbott Veto Nixes Ceremonial Mental Health Resolution

Abbott Veto Nixes Ceremonial Mental Health Resolution

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has issued his first veto, striking down a ceremonial resolution saluting mental health professionals statewide.

May 18, 2015

House OKs Keeping Execution Drug Suppliers Secret

House OKs Keeping Execution Drug Suppliers Secret

The identity of Texas' lethal drug supplier would remain confidential under a measure the state House approved Monday -- bringing it to the cusp of clearing the Legislature, despite advocates' calls to lift the...

May 19, 2015

TX House OKs Cannabis Oil for Medicinal Purposes

TX House OKs Cannabis Oil for Medicinal Purposes

Marijuana supporters are on the brink of a small victory they say is nonetheless significant in the conservative Texas Legislature.

May 15, 2015

Libel Protection Bill Heads to Abbott

Libel Protection Bill Heads to Abbott

A measure further shielding journalists from libel lawsuits if they accurately report a whistleblower's allegations -- even if they turn out to be false -- is going to the governor.

May 15, 2015

Texas House OKs Decriminalizing Truancy

Texas House OKs Decriminalizing Truancy

The Texas House has approved a bill that would stop charging students who skip school with a criminal offense.