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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Pot legalization bill clears Texas House committee

State Rep. David Simpson's proposal to legalize marijuana in Texas moved closer to a full House after it was approved by a House committee Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Rural critics organize to derail Dallas-to-Houston bullet train

Dallas and Houston leaders may want a super-fast train connecting their cities, but folks in between aren't as sold on the idea. Some have formed Texans Against High-Speed Rail, and they're hiring lobbyists and courting allies in...

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Texas Supreme Court punts on major EAA water case

The murky rules for regulating groundwater pumping aren't going to get any clearer after the state Supreme Court declined to take a case that might have helped clarify when a property owner's right of capture can be...

Friday, May 1st, 2015

With help from Campbell, Abbott’s pre-K bill headed to full Senate

The bill that helped spark last week's blowup between the state's top officials is suddenly moving in the Senate, despite fierce opposition from Tea Party conservatives.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Texas House passes $4.9B tax cut plan

The Texas House tentatively approved a $4.9 billion tax relief plan Tuesday that includes a cut to the state’s sales tax, marking a clear line in the sand against the Senate, which favors property tax cuts.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

When in Texas: Wear a hat, eat a steak, thank a bee

One of the Legislature's less consequential duties came before a House committee Tuesday: designating state capitals and symbols, from the Steak Capital of Texas (Hico) to the official State Pollinator of Texas (the western honeybee).

Monday, April 20th, 2015

With hospital funds in question, Abbott holds firm against Medicaid expansion

Following news that billions of federal dollars for hospitals could be in jeopardy if the state does not expand its public health insurance program to cover more low-income Texans, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated his opposition to Medicaid...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Open carry wins final passage in Texas House

After turning back last-minute attempts to let city voters opt out, the Texas House gave final approval Monday to legislation allowing gun owners with concealed weapons licenses to carry their side arms openly

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Senate votes to end renewable energy programs

The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would close the book on two programs that helped fuel the state’s years-long surge in wind energy production.v

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Lawmakers look to Gulf to meet state’s water needs

Texas lawmakers on Monday began looking at a seawater desalination bill proposed by state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa that advocates say would offer "drought-proof" means of supplementing withering state water supplies.

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