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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Campbell reflects on the session so far

The neophyte senator whose district includes most of Hays County talks about “drinking from the fire hose” during her first term in the Lege.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Senate approves $195.5 billion budget

The Texas Senate approved a $195.5 billion two-year budget Wednesday, with Democratic state Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Sylvia Garcia of Houston voting against the spending plan.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Beer distributors, craft brewers reach tentative deal

Following a week of tense negotiations, a divided beer industry reached a compromise Monday on legislation to amend the state's alcoholic beverage code, beating a deadline set by state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, the Senate Business and...

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Republican senator proposes tax hike for transportation

Bucking his party and the state’s leadership, state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, filed a bill Wednesday proposing a constitutional amendment to temporarily raise the state sales tax to pay off billions of dollars in bond debt accrued...

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Craft brew bills raise questions over alcohol code

The Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday acted as legislative referee over bills that would allow craft breweries to sell on their premises and self-distribute in Texas, but critics said the legislation would hurt the state's...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Amid bills and debate, another campus shooting

News of multiple gunshot victims at the North Houston campus of Lone Star College on Tuesday will likely weigh heavily on the minds of Texas lawmakers as they prepare to consider multiple bills relating to campus safety.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Video: Texas lawmakers talk water law in San Marcos

At the Texas Tribune's Oct. 29 symposium at Texas State University on the future of water, Publisher EVAN SMITH talked with State Rep. ALLAN RITTER, a Nederland Republican, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, and State...

Friday, October 19th, 2012

New Higher Ed chair says he’ll keep an open mind

Since it was created in 2009, the Senate Higher Education Committee has been led by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. But this month, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst replaced the chairwoman with state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, who...

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Election 2012 Video: Texas State Senate District 16 (Judith Zaffirini vs Grant Rostig, Joseph Morse)

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini's exchanges with a Republican and Libertarian challenger at Tuesday's San Marcos Area League of Women Voters debate demonstrate a sharp contrast between the Laredo Democrat and her anti-government foes.

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Letter: Zaffirini still a force in Texas Senate

In a letter to the editor, Mayor DANIEL GUERRERO says we were wrong in saying Sen. Judith Zaffirini won't chair any significant legislative committees. Her new appointment as chair of the Government Oversight committee is a major...

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