The House & Senate have very different plans for tax cuts — and both sides are getting ready for significant policy fight in the closing weeks of the lege.
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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.
The name of a lesbian lawmaker’s longtime partner doesn’t appear in a Texas legislative directory, though the publisher updated the web version after the Observer inquired about the issue.
Like undergrads in their fall semester, freshman year, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and Joe Straus are getting to know each other. It’s going great!
Dan Patrick wants to extend the National Guard presence on the Texas border, illustrating his shifting rhetoric & foreshadowing conflict with the House.
House Speaker Joe Straus released his committee assignments for the 84th Legislature—they’re more of the same, with a few surprises.
Scott Turner had been pouring his heart out in his very public race for House Speaker, but today he lost to Joe Straus 127-19.
Dan Patrick announced the first draft of his legislative agenda on Thursday—and he’s moving up the clock on his House conterpart.
ALEC is coming to Texas, and Joe Straus is helping to throw a “welcome party.”
Late into the night, the payday loan industry strutted its stuff before a very friendly House committee. The hearing came just a week after the Senate passed a surprisingly tough bill that the industry insists would shut down most of Texas’ 3,400 payday and auto-title storefronts. Even though the legislation aired last night is a faint shadow the Senate bill, it got a rough treatment from six of the seven committee members.