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Friday, May 31st, 2013

Updated: Perry’s pen holds only chance to revive ‘critical’ campus construction

Officials at Texas State, and at universities across the state, are hoping a flick of Gov. Rick Perry’s pen will resurrect a package of campus construction bonds that died late Sunday night during the final, chaotic hours of the Legislature’s regular session.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

House gives early OK to franchise tax breaks

House Bill 500, which would spend an estimated $667 million over the next biennium to reduce the burden of the state’s franchise tax on businesses, still faces an uphill climb in the Senate, where lawmakers have raised...

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Legislature honors WWII vets, including Perry’s father

Amid a tense week when end-of-session deadlines leave the fates of hundreds of bills hanging in the balance, the Texas House and Senate took time Wednesday to honor the state’s dwindling group of living World War II...

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

Law enforcement officials fault drone bill

State Rep. Lance Gooden’s bill to prevent unmanned drones from capturing indiscriminate surveillance — a measure that has more than 80 co-authors in the House — might hit the lower chamber next week.

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, 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.

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Texas House might restore some education budget cuts

A small bipartisan group of House lawmakers is working on a plan to restore some of the money cut from public education in the 2011 legislative session to the state’s current two-year budget.

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.

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Isaac appointed to interim manufacturing committee

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today named State Rep. Jason Isaac, a Dripping Springs Republican, to a newly created interim committee charged with making recommendations on how to encourage manufacturing in Texas.

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