- 'Pick-a-pal' grand juries closer to reform, but fight looms Updated: May-23-15 7:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The House has voted to ditch the state's controversial "pick-a-pal" grand jury system, but the proposal's author is predicting a fight before it clears the chamber.
- Lawmakers OK bill offering fines for posting 'no guns' signs Updated: May-23-15 3:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved fines for governmental entities that post signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns in areas where licensed Texans are allowed to carry them.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Tax cuts; crunch time calm Updated: May-23-15 12:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott used his January inaugural address to promise "lasting" property tax cuts.
- Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns Updated: May-22-15 10:57 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal.
- Texas House passes biker safety bill days after shooting Updated: May-22-15 9:12 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker's meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend.
- The Latest on Waco shooting: Biker group gets proclamation Updated: May-22-15 9:11 pm
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- Group that organized biker meeting gets city proclamation Updated: May-22-15 9:09 pm
Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists' meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month."
- House delays vote on cutting veteran education benefits Updated: May-22-15 7:05 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas lawmaker has pushed back a vote on a much-watched bill that would make cuts to a free college tuition program for veterans' children.
- Things to know about the next Texas budget Updated: May-22-15 5:34 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The first state budget under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spends lavishly on border security, defunds one of Rick Perry's signature initiatives and includes the biggest tax cuts in a decade.
- Texas jobless rate holds steady at 4.2 percent in April Updated: May-22-15 2:03 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
- Tax cut deal struck with end of Texas Legislature in sight Updated: May-22-15 2:33 am
AUSTIN, Texas - A newly struck budget deal is giving new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the tax cuts he demanded but remains blemished by skepticism that Texas homeowners will notice any savings.
- Texas lawmakers finalize $3.8B in tax cuts Updated: May-21-15 11:20 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers have finalized $3.8 billion in tax cuts in a deal struck a week before the end of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's first legislative session.
- Texas House OKs letting clergy refuse to marry gay couples Updated: May-21-15 5:54 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - 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. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
- Abbott says Texas will comply with federal prison rape act Updated: May-21-15 3:51 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has told federal officials that Texas will now comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act after his predecessor spent years fighting the requirement.
- Texas lawmakers approve fertilizer safety bill Updated: May-21-15 3:32 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - 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.
- Amid Texas psychiatrist shortage, plan offers loan repayment Updated: May-21-15 2:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has preliminarily approved a proposal offering to help repay student loans for psychiatrists who provide care in underserved parts of the state.
- Texas troopers out in force over long Memorial Day weekend Updated: May-20-15 3:20 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas troopers will be out in force over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend to catch drunken drivers and other traffic violators.
- Texas court throws out convictions for ex-day care owners Updated: May-20-15 2:18 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - An appeals court has thrown out the 1992 sex assault convictions of two ex-day care owners in Austin who deny abusing children.
- Hunting constitutional amendment clears Texas Legislature Updated: May-20-15 1:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens' right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
- West Texas school district under review again Updated: May-19-15 5:52 pm
EL PASO, Texas - A West Texas school district that for several years was the focus of a testing scores scandal has come under review again by the state, but this time for attendance and course credit practices.
- Cannabis therapy bill heading to Texas Gov. Abbott Updated: May-19-15 4:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil. The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, marking a milestone that marijuana-reform advocates say is nothing short of historic in Texas.
- Texas House unanimously OKs stricter state contract rules Updated: May-19-15 3:50 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The House has approved a bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in state contracts, following a $110 million no-bid state contract scandal.
- Legislature OKs making private college police records public Updated: May-19-15 1:20 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A bill on its way to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's desk requires private campus police to release certain records to the public.
- New Texas law bans cities from banning fracking, drilling Updated: May-18-15 8:02 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities.
- House OKs cannabis oil in victory for marijuana advocates Updated: May-18-15 7:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Marijuana supporters are on the brink of a small victory they say is nonetheless significant in the conservative Texas Legislature.