While it pales in comparison to previous sessions, the 84th Texas Legislature proved that our state government still likes to entertain some dysfunction.
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Truancy reform legislation, which would decriminalize Texas’ punitive system for handling students who miss school, has made it to the governor’s desk.
If added to the open carry bill, the “Dutton amendment” would ban police officers from stopping someone solely because they’re openly carrying a handgun. This would help prevent racial profiling, and people of color from being harassed by law enforcement.
Advocates, House members and some county officials support shifting 17-year-olds to the juvenile justice system, but the plan’s path through the Senate is unclear.
After 16 hours of continuous debate, the House budget passed Wednesday. There weren’t many real divides between members, but a Senate showdown is coming.
Texas gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott is embracing an “achievement school district”—a school turnaround program that could hand public schools over to charter operators—in his education proposals.
Update 1:00 p.m.: The skirmish over floundering House bills in the Senate has been resolved. Over a lunch recess in both the Senate and the House, lawmakers […]
After a long debate and a slew of amendments, the Texas Legislature is closer to banning texting while driving. The House passed Rep. Tom Craddick’s bill Wednesday with a vote of 98 to 47.
Rep. Drew Springer’s bill (R-Muenster) would withhold 7.5 percent of the state’s funding to any district offering domestic partner benefits. That, he said, should be about equal to the full cost of a district’s employee insurance program.