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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Video: Educators visit capitol, push to restore cuts

Ask any of the estimated 2,700 members of the American Federation of Teachers who came out Monday for the group's lobby day, and they’ll tell you their top priority is restoring the $5.4 billion in cuts made last session to public education.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Bill would restrict use of cell phone records by police

Seeking to regulate the use of cell phone records in investigations by law enforcement, Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would force police and prosecutors to get a warrant before obtaining such records.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Group targets abortion waiting period requirement

The Texas House Women’s Health Caucus has announced plans to try to repeal the 24-hour waiting period imposed by the abortion sonogram law that legislators approved in 2011.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Raw milk bill draws proponents, detractors to hearings

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, said that legislation he authored to expand options for selling unpasteurized milk in Texas quickly received praise from across the state.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Amid anti-testing furor, a focus on high school courses

Following backlash over the rocky institution of a new student assessment program last spring, Texas lawmakers are scrambling to scale back the testing system they passed four years ago. As the Legislature tackles such reform, attention has...

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Reducing school tests draws support in House hearing

More than 100 witnesses signed up to testify before the House Public Education Committee Tuesday in a hearing on student testing and graduation requirements expected to go into the evening.

Monday, February 18th, 2013

House Democrats aim to get back in the game

Joe Straus became the speaker of the Texas House in 2009, when Democrats and Republicans had nearly even numbers in that body. Every deal had to be brokered. Party lines were soft.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

House resolution to test support for immigration reform

Democratic Texas House members on Wednesday filed an immigration resolution that could serve as a litmus test for Republican support for reforms being suggested at the national level.

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Bills would let liquor stores open on Sundays

Texans have 66 hours during the week to buy bottled liquor under current law, but two bills filed this session could allow 10 more hours of shopping time by letting liquor stores stay open on Sundays.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

TxDOT brass says funding crisis is near

After funding billions of dollars in roadwork through debt over the last decade, the Texas Department of Transportation is two years away from a severe drop in funding unless lawmakers find more cash, agency officials said at...

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