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Stories with person: Dan Patrick
  • What to watch: Religious objection bill; Abbott pre-K plan 
    Updated: May-03-15 9:05 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature is in the homestretch with less than a month left in the session - and top Republicans may have to hustle if they are going to keep their loftiest promises.

  • Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:26 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.

  • Despite spat with House, Patrick expects no special session 
    Updated: Apr-25-15 2:13 pm

    HOUSTON - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick predicts a looming legislative deadlock will be broken and that odds are "20 percent or less" that a special legislative session will be needed this summer, despite his argument with House Speaker Joe Straus at a breakfast meeting over border security bills passed by each chamber.

  • Texas GOP bills denounced by gay rights groups stagnant 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 10:13 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Proposals that critics say could be used to discriminate against gays have largely gone nowhere in the Texas Legislature, a bastion of conservatives, and some gay rights activists believe a big reason is because of the backlash over religious objection laws passed in Arkansas and Indiana.

  • Abbott doesn't talk border in visit with Honduran president story has photos
    Updated: Apr-23-15 6:46 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott met with the Honduran president Thursday in his first visit with a Central American leader since he took office and promised to stanch the flow of immigrants coming across the border.

  • Texas Senate advances school vouchers; House still opposed 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 7:19 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate voted Monday to advance a contentious but potentially landmark school voucher plan that would use taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

  • Senate OKs budget, but long way to Abbott's desk ahead 
    Updated: Apr-14-15 4:02 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - With seven weeks left, the real wrangling in Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's first session now begins.