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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Castro: Current immigration laws create ‘ugly realities’

Discussing immigration policies with Texas business leaders Thursday, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said that current laws lead to "ugly realities" and need to be changed to create a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Lawmakers renew push to ban texting while driving

At a legislative briefing Tuesday, relatives of men and women killed in accidents caused by texting while driving sat in committee chairs at a room in the Capitol. In front of each was a framed photograph of...

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Report: Texans need expanded Medicaid

Expanding Medicaid is a "smart, affordable and fair" decision for Texas, according to a report issued by Billy Hamilton, a non-partisan consultant commissioned by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and Texas Impact, a statewide interfaith network.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Audio: Texas’ state water plan slowly coming into focus

Major water infrastructure projects have languished in Texas for years. But a new sense of urgency has spurred lawmakers this year to take a serious look at a multibillion-dollar plan that could help secure water for the...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Lawmakers considering fees on electric cars

Owning an electric car in Texas could become more expensive under one proposal being considered by state lawmakers to raise money for road construction.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Lawmakers to again take aim at ‘predatory’ lending

Legislators this year will once again try to combat short-term lending practices that critics say prey on poor Texans.

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Despite surplus, House and Senate offer lean budgets

Republican leaders in both chambers of the Legislature on Monday offered spare first drafts of the state’s next two-year budget that continue $5.4 billion in cuts to public education made last session and freeze funding for an...

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

In Legislature, push for tax cuts emerges (with audio)

Texas lawmakers may have $29 billion more to spend on the state budget this session than they did in 2011. Now, Gov. Rick Perry is floating the idea of tax cuts.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Straus re-elected speaker by acclamation

After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House. State Rep. Jason Isaac was among those who delivered a nominating...

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Combs: Lawmakers will have $101.4 billion for budget

The Texas Legislature will have $101.4 billion to haggle over in crafting its next two-year budget, along with an extra $11.8 billion in the Rainy Day Fund, Comptroller Susan Combs announced Monday morning.

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