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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Roadblocks emerge for for Texas transportation funding

The Texas Department of Transportation has been warning lawmakers for months that it needs $4 billion a year in extra revenue just to keep the current level of traffic around the state from getting worse.

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.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Is Perry-Powers tension about rivalry or policy?

Tensions between Gov. Rick Perry’s administration and Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, are rising, sucking up legislative time and pitting lawmakers, prominent alumni and higher-education critics against one another in a running...

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Texas House passes water bill

The Texas House approved legislation Wednesday that would use $2 billion to start funding water projects in the state. House Bill 4, by state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, would create a water bank that would offer loans...

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Audio: Water bill hits the House floor

Bills are flying out of committee and onto the House and Senate floor. This week the House will take up legislation that would fund the state's water plan with $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Lawmakers again attempting to declare sovereignty

Some Texas lawmakers are renewing an effort to make Texas’ stance on Washington policies official through resolutions reaffirming the state’s sovereignty. They say that such resolutions are important declarations and that the issue isn't a partisan one.

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.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Panel discusses Sunday liquor sales

As the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee took up a bill that would allow liquor sales on Sundays, one committee member raised concerns about whether the legislation could make it easier for minors to access alcohol.

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Audio: State water plan advances in Lege

Amid growing pressure on lawmakers to address the state's water needs, a plan to establish a long-term fund for water projects took a significant step forward on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Lege urged to protect businesses that hire ex-prisoners

Amid a broader legislative effort to help prisoners re-enter society after their sentences, lawmakers on Monday were urged to limit the legal liability of businesses that hire ex-prisoners.

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