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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Brad Rollins’ Blog: Donna Campbell’s (supposed) slap heard ’round the Senate [PRO]

True to form, Campbell was combative and chatty in an interview with the San Marcos Mercury in which she denied ever having slapped her former chief staff.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session

The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Lawmakers trying again to award medal to Audie Murphy

The Texas House unanimously approved a concurrent resolution last week that directs Gov. Rick Perry to posthumously award a Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Audie Murphy. The resolution is now awaiting action in the Senate.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Senate takes step toward transportation funding fix

Despite concerns raised by both Republicans and Democrats, senators on Tuesday tentatively passed a resolution that aims to solve the state's transportation funding woes by diverting future revenue from the Rainy Day Fund.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Updated: Perry’s pen holds only chance to revive ‘critical’ campus construction

Officials at Texas State, and at universities across the state, are hoping a flick of Gov. Rick Perry’s pen will resurrect a package of campus construction bonds that died late Sunday night during the final, chaotic hours...

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Birdwell ‘disappointed’ with stalled campus carry bill

State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, is "frustrated and disappointed" by the seemingly insurmountable obstacles to passing a bill permitting the concealed carry of firearms in buildings on university and college campuses.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

House gives early OK to franchise tax breaks

House Bill 500, which would spend an estimated $667 million over the next biennium to reduce the burden of the state’s franchise tax on businesses, still faces an uphill climb in the Senate, where lawmakers have raised...

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

College ‘campus carry’ bill locked,
but not loaded, in committee

State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, said he is "disappointed and frustrated" that Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston, has not scheduled a hearing for his bill to allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Updated: Amended payday lending bill passes Senate

The Texas Senate approved a bill to regulate short-term lenders on Monday night, a milestone some thought the chamber wouldn't reach after a personal and divisive floor fight on Thursday.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Senators talk legalizing casinos in Texas

A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casino gaming might see substantial changes before the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce votes on it.

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