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Next Stop for HB 2 – The Supreme Court?

Legal experts eye Texas law as the most likely abortion case to make it to the high court

June 26, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Lege Lines: Kill Bill(s)

Abbott vetoes more than 40 bills

June 26, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Races Take Shape

Empty seats up at the Capitol

June 19, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Video Visitation's End?

Bill requiring in-person visits for inmates may not benefit those at Travis County

June 19, 2015 BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

In Wake of Flooding, Hays Water Victory Bittersweet

Last-minute reversal revives groundwater protection bill

June 12, 2015 BY VICKI WOLF

People's Veto

Young activist protests against cancer cuts at guv mansion

June 12, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

What's the Damage?: Fallout From the 84th Texas Legislative Session

The news staff takes a look at the fallout from the 84th legislative session

June 5, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Hays Water Fight Continues

While Senate approves water protections, another battle is on the horizon

May 29, 2015 BY VICKI WOLF

Lege Lines: Session Winners and Losers

As sine die nears, bills drop left and right

May 29, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bills of the Week: House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1

Texas Lege looks to finalize budget deal

May 29, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Senate Approves Judicial Bypass Restrictions

Senate OKs bill restricting abortion access for abused minors

May 29, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Budget Deal Evicts Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program

Under new budget deal, Planned Parenthood ousted from life-saving cancer program

May 29, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Suffer the Children

Anti-abortion Lege targets vulnerable minors in judicial bypass bill

May 22, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Lege Lines: Billpocalypse!

Bills start dying as sine die draws near; schools get new A-F grading system; and more

May 22, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week: House Bill 2474

Bill would require additional reporting of vaccine-preventable diseases

May 22, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Lines: School Finance Math; Tax Plans Diverge; Veteran Benefits Restricted; and More

Is school finance dead this session?; House and Senate tax plans split; Lege restricts veterans' benefits; and more

May 15, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Naishtat files bill to protect juvenile medical care

May 15, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Lines

Jonathan Stickland annoys his colleagues

May 8, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week: Senate Bill 2065

Anti-LGBT "religious freedom" laws piling up at the Lege

May 8, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

The Education Session

The Lege takes another run at patching school finance

May 1, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Lines

Budget fight on the horizon, GOP leadership spat, TMF thwarts anti-choice measures, and more

May 1, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week: House Bill 1800

Rep. Walle proposes bill to rein in dog attacks

May 1, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Guardians Fight On to Save SSLC

Following Senate vote to close SSLC, guardians turn to House for hope

May 1, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Lege Lines: Weak Oversight Rules, School Vouchers Pass Senate, and More...

Lege pushes weak oversight rules, school voucher bill sails through Senate, and more...

April 24, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week: HB 2470

Lawmakers try to regulate ammonium nitrate storage

April 24, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Millions for Propaganda ... Nothing for Women's Health

Texas heavily underwrites anti-abortion centers, while slashing reproductive care

April 17, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Lege Lines

Lege makes an anti-city push, nixes a bill limiting police filming, the Senate passes its budget, and more...

April 17, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Will third time be a charm for statewide texting ban?

April 10, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: What Would Cole Porter Say?

Indiana's RFRA is an invitation to progressive response

April 3, 2015 BY MICHAEL KING

Lege Lines

School finance debate heats up, HHSC consolidation on hold?, and more

April 3, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

House wants to throw some money at border problems

April 3, 2015 BY AMY KAMP

Lege Lines: Brewing Up Beer Bills, Biz Lobby Smacks Tax Cuts, and More

The Lege brews up beer bills, the biz lobby slams Patrick's tax cuts, and more

March 27, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Behold the Texas Miracle!

The Texas Miracle has a very mixed record on state prosperity

March 20, 2015 BY MICHAEL KING

Lege Lines: Film Incentive Program Funding Uncertain, Anti-Choice Buffoonery, and More

Lege considers film incentive program funding and anti-choice antics take hold

March 20, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Austin-area rep. wants landlords to think twice before disregarding eviction laws

March 20, 2015 BY TONY CANTÚ

Lege Lines: Dubious Tax Cuts, Senate Shenan­igans, Twitter Trysts, and More

Business lobby doubts tax cuts, and more from the Capitol

March 13, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Legislator wants lawyers for "the unborn"

March 13, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

AFT: "Fund Our Schools"

Teachers rally at Capitol in support of schools

March 13, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Lines

Refusing Medicaid, tax cuts abound, marijuana bill, and more

March 6, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week

Bill by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez would support community schools

March 6, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

From the Newsdesk Blog

Republicans Versus "Government Marriage"

Ambitious GOPer calls for marriage-ending special session

June 29, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Abbott Sides With Homeschoolers

Gov appoints Bahorich as chair of SBOE

June 22, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Wiley Aims for Workman

Travis County GOP rep faces primary challenge

June 19, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Activist Posts Up At Gov Mansion to Protest Cancer Screening Cuts

Minority, low-income women will be hit hardest by cuts

June 5, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Patrick Goes on Offense Post-Session

Patrick reflects on his first term as lite gov

June 4, 2015 BY BRITTANY SHULMAN

Bill to Close Austin State Supported Living Center Dead

House and Senate negotiators fail to compromise on bill

June 1, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Texans Protest Film Incentive Cut

Change.org petition demands special session to save program

May 29, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Campus Carry Passes, Abortion Insurance Ban Fails

Dems strike last minute deal after hours of chubbing

May 27, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Anti-Abortion Bill Aimed at Minors Advances

Senate gives preliminary nod to bill restricting judicial bypass

May 25, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

House Delays Closure of Austin SSLC

Amendment scraps SSLC closure

May 23, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Budget Deal Evicts Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program

Under new budget, Planned Parenthood removed from cancer program

May 21, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

How Much Will Texas Spend?

The Legislature's conference committee spending proposals

May 21, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Republicans Swap Marriage Ban for Angry Letter

Political cover after failure of gay marriage bill

May 15, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

School Finance Reform Dead

House Bill 1759 disappears, taking $800 million with it

May 14, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

House Approves Abortion Restrictions for Minors

House gives first OK to bill restricting judicial bypass

May 14, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Bonus Bill of the Week: Mandatory Gun Shows

Undue haste to tie county hands and force them to cut rates

May 8, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Senate Votes to Ban Insurance Coverage for Abortion

GOP moves to prevent health insurers from covering abortion

May 6, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Jade Helm and Tinfoil Hats

Abbott, Cruz, Jade Helm, and the death of the sane GOP

May 5, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

House Republican Sneaks in Anti-Abortion Amendments

House GOP sought to slip anti-choice amendments in unrelated bill

April 24, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Patrick's Advisers Call Pre-K "Godless"

Another sign of discord between Lite Guv and Abbott?

April 22, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The South Will Be Celebrated Again!

Historical revisionists urge Lege to protect the Confederacy

April 15, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Senate Votes to Close Austin State Supported Living Center

Despite guardian opposition, Senate passes bill to close Austin SSLC

April 14, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

School Finance Plan Headed for Hearing

Aycock promises no losers as Senate obsesses on vouchers

April 8, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Texas House Funnels HIV Funds to Abstinence Education

House passes measure diverting HIV funds to abstinence education

April 1, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Naishtat Files Bill to Protect Pregnant Women's End of Life Care

Bill would strengthen end-of-life directives for pregnant women

March 13, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Bad Science Marches at the Legislature

Anti-vaxxers turn out for Public Health meeting, promise more action

March 6, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Campaign, Legislators Back Bill to Repeal Anti-Abortion Law

"Trust. Respect. Access" campaign hosts lobby day at Capitol

February 27, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Turner to Run For Houston Mayor

Lege Dems face another major departure, and an Austin opportunity

February 21, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

New Campaign Keeps Up Pro-Choice Fight

Coalition of groups unveil multiyear repro health policy effort

February 13, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

No Chairs for Travis County in House Committees

Local delegation still scores six vice-chairs

February 4, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Gun Rights Activist Says Lawmakers "Punishable by Death"

Open carry advocate threatens legislators in video

February 4, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Bill of the Week: Or, How Not to Pass Open Carry

How one gun group became its own worst enemy

January 30, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Rep. Molly White Not Quite Sure Who's an American

Republican rep says Muslim visitors should pledge allegiance to U.S.

January 29, 2015 BY AMY KAMP

Winners and Losers on the Senate Committees

The shakeout from Dan Patrick's first chair shuffle

January 25, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill of the Week: Barriers to Bypass

Legislation would make abortion access more difficult for minors

January 23, 2015 BY MARY TUMA

Patrick Ends Two-Thirds Rule

Measure designed to increase the peace in Texas Senate dies

January 21, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Incentives and R-Rated Entertainment

Amid bigger scandals, lawmaker plays the movie morality card again

January 21, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Whitmire: Janek Must Go From Health and Human Services

Update: Second lawmaker call for resignation over contracts

January 15, 2015 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bill Seeks to Dodge Section 8 Renters

State Sen. Perry's bill would overrule Austin's ordinance

December 29, 2014 BY MARY TUMA

After the Election, the Deluge of Bills

More than 400 new pieces of legislation already filed for 2015

November 11, 2014 BY RICHARD WHITTAKER