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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.

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

As Texas grows, infrastructure shrinks

Touting Texas’ low taxes and light regulations, Gov. Rick Perry has relished trying to poach jobs from other states. In February, he described building a business in California as “next to impossible.” Last month, he warned Illinois...

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Already OKed in House, campus carry bill moves through Senate

After hearing testimony from faculty, students and law enforcement officers Tuesday, a panel of state senators passed along a bill allowing college students, faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on college and university campuses around the...

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Campus carry gets early ok from House on ‘gun day’

Texas colleges, universities and public schools could see more firearm-carrying students or authorities under two gun rights expansion bills that got preliminary approval in the House on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Straus: House will find way to fund water project

The morning after a major bill to authorize spending billions of dollars on state water projects faltered in the House, Speaker Joe Straus' office released a statement saying he wouldn't "let a technicality seal the debate...

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.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Study: Texting while driving unsafe under any means

Typing out a text message while driving may be illegal by later this year, but the alternatives that drivers may turn to — including voice-to-text technology — will not be any safer, suggests a new study by...

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Bill would allow driver’s permits for undocumented immigrants

A Texas House committee on Wednesday heard testimony on a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s permits after submitting to background checks, fingerprints and paying about $150 in fees.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Advocates seek state funds for local parks program

While much of the funding for Texas’ state parks that was cut in 2011 has been restored in the 2014-15 budget plan, an initiative aimed at helping local parks is poised to come up empty for a...

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