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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Buda man campaigns to promote ‘Merry Christmas’ law

Politicians, advocates and even a Santa Claus turned up at the Capitol on Monday to promote a new law that aims to protect Texans' right to wish one another "Merry Christmas."

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Campbell, Isaac take turn in Texas Tribune’s ‘hot seat’

State Sen. Donna Campbell and State Rep. Jason Isaac — two tea party darlings whose districts include all or part of Hays County — will take the Texas Tribune’s ‘Hot Seat’ on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Texas...

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.

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Transportation funding likely to be a big issue in 2015

When this year’s first special session dramatically concluded last month in the Texas Senate with an energized crowd shouting to block passage of a controversial abortion bill, proponents of the measure were not the only ones upset.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Updated: Did abortion bill pass? Depends on who you ask

Texas Democrats, far outnumbered by Republicans in both the House and the Senate, are nonetheless on the verge of killing one of the most restrictive abortion proposals in the nation — at least for now.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Video: The overnight abortion debate

With a packed gallery, and amid fierce debate, the Texas House took up Senate Bill 5 on Sunday — and early Monday. Authored by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, and sponsored by state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker,...

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.

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Redistricting is harder than it looked

The Texas Legislature’s redistricting mission was supposed to be easy-peasy: Zip in for a special session, ratify the court-drawn maps used as a stopgap in the 2012 elections, close the legislative books and go home.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Audio: Water plan goes to Texas voters

Spending money to increase water capacity in Texas took a few bills this session, including one that generated a constitutional proposition and much legislative debate.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Video: Legislative session in two minutes

Monday marked the end of the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and the start of a special session on redistricting. Despite the quick turnaround, lawmakers had a chance to reflect on what they accomplished in the last 140...

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