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Texas lawmakers are reviving efforts to prohibit coverage of abortion by some health insurance plans with just a week left to deliver the bill to Republican Gov.
The Texas Senate on May 19 passed a measure banning texting while driving statewide. HB 62 by Midland Rep. Tom Craddick previously was approved by the ...
The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved its version of House Bill 5 by Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, which would make the troubled agency its own standalone department.
Austin - The Texas Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would crowdfund money from Texans to deal with a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, moving the proposal closer to Gov.
The legislation tentatively passed 122 to 6 and must receive final approval in the lower chamber before being sent back to the Texas Senate. The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one. The House members who voted no included state Reps.
The Texas Senate voted 23-8 Friday to pass House Bill 62 by Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland). Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) carried the bill in the Senate.
The Texas Senate will consider a version of the school finance bill, as soon as Sunday, that now includes an assortment of other House and Senate education bills - according to a notice Senate staffers received Saturday.
The Texas Senate has approved giving the Board of education broader veto power over textbooks used across America's second-largest state.
Beto O'Rourke campaigning in Dallas last month. Texas Democrats are hopeful that he can defeat Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 Credit LM Otero/Associated Press.
A bill that could hurt craft breweries in Texas in moving forward in the Senate.HB 3287 requires breweries to sell their beer to a distributor then buy it back to sell ...
Austin, Texas - The Texas Senate has approved giving the Board of education broader veto power over textbooks used across America's second-largest state.
Texas Senate loosens virtual care requirements. By Rachel Z. Arndt | May 19, 2017. The Texas Legislature has sent a bill to the governor's desk that will end a long-running battle over the state's telemedicine requirements and open the door for broader ...
Prekindergarten teacher Kate Smith reads to her class during school at Lucy Read Elementary in North Austin. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
Texas state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, talks in the Senate chambers on March 28, 2017. Nelson was the Senate sponsor of a bill to ban Texas cities from charging 'linkage fees' on new construction.
The Texas Senate was in the middle of a sober discussion about barring school districts from suspending students below the third grade when Sen. Brandon Creighton, taking a turn leading the Senate, missed his gavel's intended target Wednesday.
Austin (CBSDFW) - The Texas state Senate is considering a bill to kill the agency that runs bus service for most of the Dallas County school districts.
After a debate among lawmakers over the best way to regulate services like Uber and Lyft, the Texas Senate tentatively backed a proposal that would override local regulations concerning ride-hailing companies.
Austin - airplanes and trains allow it. And buses can soon, too, if Gov. Greg Abbott agrees. The Texas Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation that for the first time will legalize alcoholic beverage service on passenger buses in Texas.
Texas Senate approves ban on straight-ticket voting. The Texas Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in all elections.
Austin - Texas' move to greatly expand virtual charter schools despite their lackluster performance was significantly scaled back Tuesday.
Texas Senate Revives Previously Stalled 'Lunch Shaming' Bill. The Texas Senate has revived a bill to keep schools from stigmatizing children while trying to collect lunch debts from parents.
The Texas Senate unanimously passed the Sandra Bland Act Thursday, now the bill will go to the Texas House of Representatives, KHOU.
A bill meant to regulate ride-hailing companies has now made its way to the Senate - and senators have revived controversial language that would define "sex" ...
Abilene, TX - An Abilene woman is searching for her birth mother and is leaning on a bill in the Texas Senate to help find her.
Naperville, IL - The stripped-down legislation is a response to Bland's 2015 death while in custody on a minor traffic violation.
The Texas Senate has passed a bill that will ease restrictions on telemedicine, paving the way to more health care for more people in more places in Texas.
Edith Royal, the wife of legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal, was recognized Thursday in the Texas Senate chamber for her work with the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease.
A Texas Senate panel approved legislation Thursday that would end straight-ticket voting in all elections.
The Texas Senate has already approved a similar proposal. Supporters say state health codes require clinics and hospitals to report complications from surgeries and major procedures, but not abortions.
Austin, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to barring universities from establishing so-called "free speech zones" which are sometimes used to confine demonstrations to certain areas of campus.
Texas Senate unsticks proposals to plug public records "loopholes". With looming deadlines threatening to kill a slew of bills aiming to bolster access to public records in Texas, Sen. Kirk Watson muscled them closer to the governor's desk - all at once.
The bill would mandate that county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, make it easier for defendants with a ...
BEAUMONT - It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for a state-certified vehicle inspector to conduct an inspection, according to Cortez Auto Pros.
Kyser Lough for American-Statesman. Texas breweries with financial backing from other larger breweries, like Independence Brewing, pictured here, might have to pay distributors for every beer they sell in their taprooms under a proposed law making its ...
Texas Senate approves anti-hazing bill. by Associated Press. Tuesday, May 9th 2017. The Texas Senate has approved a bill expanding the definition of hazing in civil and criminal cases.
Austin, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has voted to authorize nearly $340,000 over the next two years to reimburse counties whose police officers attend U.S.
Texas Senate OKs Allowing guns in Parked Cars at schools. The Texas Senate has approved allowing concealed carry permit holders to have guns in their locked cars parked outside schools.
Texans will soon no longer be required to get their vehicles inspected, reports The Houston Chronicle. State lawmakers last week approved Senate Bill 1588, which will ensure that annual state safety inspections are no longer required for all personal ...
Austin - The Texas Senate will soon debate a bill that would let the state's high school athletics organization disqualify transgender Athletes like Euless Trinity wrestler Mack Beggs who are undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
With a unanimous 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate passed SB 179, known as "David's Law", to put a stop to cyberbullying in Texas.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, that would require that only steel made in America be used in state construction projects is moving ...
Texas Senate has voted to eliminate safety inspections for vehicles Legislation has passed in the Texas Senate that will do away with safety inspections in the state for civilian vehicles.
Austin - The Texas Senate on Thursday voted to give those pesky annual state vehicle inspections the boot. By a vote of 27-4, after lengthy debate, lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1588 that would drop the current mandate that all personal vehicles ...
The Texas House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill to fix the underfunded Dallas police and fire fighter pension, sending the proposal to the state senate.
This week the Texas Senate gave the nod to new legislation known as the Sandra Bland Act, named for the black woman who was found hanged in a cell while in police custody two years ago.
The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would eliminate the state's mandatory safety inspections for most vehicles.Texas is one of slightly more than a dozen ...
The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would eliminate the state's mandatory safety inspections for most vehicles. Texas is one of slightly more than a dozen states that still require safety inspections that test for things like properly-working ...
Austin - After weeks of politically touchy negotiations capped by a shove from a Houston federal judge, the Texas Senate on Thursday approved significant ...
Austin - Texas lawmakers were giddy as they honored longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at the state Capitol on Wednesday.
The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would provide monetary relief to Texas municipalities such as Salado and Temple impacted by delays on transportation projects.






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