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Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017

Texas House's 1st Bill Addresses Growing Foster Care Crisis

Texas House's 1st Bill Addresses Growing Foster Care Crisis

Texas will restructure the state agency in charge of foster care, according to the new bill just passed by the Texas House.

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

Texas Senate Calls for Amending Constitution to Limit Feds

Texas Senate Calls for Amending Constitution to Limit Feds

Texas is one of many states calling for things like term limits and a federal balanced budget.

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017

Texas Seeks to Ban Insurance Policies from Covering Abortion

Texas Seeks to Ban Insurance Policies from Covering Abortion

Texas is considering a bill barring health insurance coverage of abortion.

Monday, Feb 27, 2017

'Wrongful Birth' Bill Approved to Full Texas Senate

'Wrongful Birth' Bill Approved to Full Texas Senate

A "wrongful birth" bill prohibiting parents from suing doctors after their child is born with severe disabilities is headed to the full Texas Senate.

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

CPS Reform Bill On the Fast Track in Texas Capitol

CPS Reform Bill On the Fast Track in Texas Capitol

In his State of the State address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made reforming the state's Child Protective Services his first emergency item. Now there's a bill on the fast track in the capitol.

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Texas Lt. Gov. Discusses Bathroom Guidelines, School Choice

Texas Lt. Gov. Discusses Bathroom Guidelines, School Choice

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Trump administration's decision to reverse guidelines regarding bathroom access for transgender students in a wide-ranging interview Thursday.

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Takes on the NFL Over Bathroom Bill

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Takes on the NFL Over Bathroom Bill

The Texas governor was throwing verbal penalty flags: 15 yards for sports league overreach. Another 15 for pigskin meddling in state policy.

Monday, Feb 20, 2017

TX Lawmakers Look at Foster Care on Monday

TX Lawmakers Look at Foster Care on Monday

The House Human Services Committee on Monday hears a series of bills aiming to improve Texas' troubled foster system, including a proposal making it easier for relatives to adopt at-risk children.

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Planned Parenthood Ruling Expected Tuesday

Planned Parenthood Ruling Expected Tuesday

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas' attempt to boot Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists in 2015 -- but a deadline now...

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Abortion Bills Could Advance Wednesday?

Abortion Bills Could Advance Wednesday?

After the U.S. Supreme Court last summer struck down much of Texas tough 2013 abortion restrictions, top Republicans switched strategies. Rather than focusing on women's health, like in the past, they are...