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Springer Defends Plastic Bags and Freedom Before House Committee

If his bill doesn’t pass, Springer vowed to make Austin cover the $345,000 its proliferation of disease-ridden reusable bags would cost public health.

Senate Passes Budget Without School Funding Fight

The Senate passed its budget proposal Wednesday afternoon with broad support—only two senators voted against it. The only real point of debate was whether the budget devoted enough money to public schools.

Lawmakers Scrap Over ‘Outside Groups’

Angry debate erupted on House floor when Rep. Byron Cook allowed an amendment that would’ve gutted a previously-uncontested portion of the PUC sunset bill.

Michelle Shocked Responds to Gay Marriage Rant Controversy

Texas songstress Michelle Shocked responds to her incoherent rant regarding gay marriage and California’s Proposition 8, which would ban it.

Hot List: Day 72 of the Legislature

The Lead: Today the full Senate will debate the two-year state budget (SB 1), making major spending decisions for the next two years. We’re […]

Lawmakers Want to End Mandatory Student Microchip Tracking

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) wants to end the practice of requiring students to be tracked with RFIDs. On Tuesday, her bill got its day before the House Public Education Committee.

Senators Like State-Funded Gun Class for Teachers—But Not its Price Tag

Since Sandy Hook, a handful of Texas school districts have added policies letting some teachers carry guns—Patrick’s bill is meant to make that decision safer, so heat-packing teachers know what they’re getting into.

Senate Committee Passes ‘Back Door Abortion Ban’

Late Tuesday, a Senate committee voted out a contentious bill that critics have blasted as an attack on abortion rights.

Payday Lenders Buy Themselves a Weakened ‘Reform’ Bill

At a legislative hearing this morning, state Sen. John Carona, the Dallas Republican who’s leading the payday “reform” effort in the Senate, basically said the industry had bought off lawmakers. Carona was defending the latest version of his payday loan legislation, which most advocates derided as unacceptably weak.

Advocates: Legislation Would Roll Back Tough Colonia Regulations

Manuela Luna’s colonia near Mercedes, Texas is no suburban paradise. Spanish Palms, a small low-income community of 25 people, lacks paved roads, but at […]