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Dan Patrick Defends Plan to Scale Back Testing

After getting overwhelming approval from the House—and then sitting for a few weeks—a bill bringing big changes to Texas’ testing and graduation requirements is on the move again.

Senate Committee Votes Out Legislation Limiting Citizen Challenges to Polluters

It’s never been easy fighting powerful polluters in Texas. A bill approved by a Senate committee today would make it even harder.

Payday Loan Industry Divides and Conquers at Capitol

Consumer advocates and Democrats are divided over a Senate bill that would impose light regulations on payday and auto-title lenders.

Rep. Tom Craddick Wants to Regulate Payday Loans

It’s becoming a perennial pastime at the Texas Capitol. Former speaker of the House Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) files a simple one-page bill that would close a loophole that allows payday and auto-title lenders in Texas to avoid the state’s anti-usury laws and charge unlimited rates; everyone listens politely; and then the bill gets leapfrogged by much more convoluted payday reform legislation.

Hot List: Day 99 of the Legislature

In a major political maneuver, Governor Perry unveiled his proposal for a $1.6 billion business tax cut at a news conference at the Austin Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

Citizen Journalists Go After City Emails

Access to public documents is the bedrock of investigative journalism.

Texas on the Brink: Too Few Graduates, Too Many Uninsured

The bottom line, say the representatives who participated in the group, is that Texas has some major work to do. Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), who led the 2013 study group, introduced the report in a press conference held on Monday morning.