- Strong-armed Texas state lawmaker leaves gavels in pieces Updated: Jun-02-15 5:39 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - At 5 feet 5 inches tall, Texas Rep. Kenneth Sheets is one of the smallest members of the Texas Legislature.
- Legislature ends with Lt. Gov. Patrick denying 2018 plans Updated: Jun-01-15 6:32 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The first legislative session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ended Monday with conservatives claiming victory on tax cuts, a big boost in border security spending and looser gun laws in a state already known as among America's most firearms friendly.
- Abbott: Texas won't legalize medicinal or recreational pot Updated: Jun-01-15 4:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas won't legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use for as long as he's in office.
- 10 Things to Know about the Texas legislative session Updated: Jun-01-15 2:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's first biennial legislative session is over. If you didn't follow along the last 140 days, this is what you missed:
- Texas House public education chief announces his retirement Updated: Jun-01-15 1:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, the head of the powerful House Public Education Committee, is retiring.
- Legislature replaces Perry tech fund with university fund Updated: May-31-15 9:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has abolished a technology incentive program former Gov. Rick Perry used to distribute $200 million in taxpayer funds to Texas startups - replacing it with a new university fund.
- Texas Legislature OKs A to F grade rating system for schools Updated: May-31-15 8:07 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a contentious proposal issuing A through F grades rating its public schools' academic performance.
- Texas Legislature OKs creating depository for state gold Updated: May-31-15 7:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Legislature has approved creating a Texas Bullion Depository where the state and other investors can store gold reserves.
- Texas Legislature approves concealed handguns at colleges Updated: May-31-15 6:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved allowing residents with licenses to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses - but included a caveat that lets college presidents designate "gun-free zones."
- Texas Legislature OKs overhauling 'Pick-a-pal' grand juries Updated: May-31-15 6:43 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved eliminating the state's controversial "pick-a-pal" grand jury system, overhauling a method that the U.S. Supreme Court has criticized.
- Texas Legislature passes stricter rules for state contracts Updated: May-31-15 4:13 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a bill aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in state contracts, following a $110 million no-bid state contract scandal.
- Texas Senate OKs concealed handguns on college campuses Updated: May-30-15 6:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate has approved allowing license holders to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses - but included a caveat that lets college presidents designate "gun-free zones."
- Texas Legislature approves decriminalizing skipping school Updated: May-30-15 5:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Skipping school would no longer be a criminal offense, under a bill that has cleared both chambers of the Texas Legislature.
- Texas GOP moves to strip power from unit tied to Perry case Updated: May-30-15 3:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has voted to strip public corruption cases from a unit based in left-leaning Austin that was tied to former Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last year.
- Constitutional amendment may pump billions into Texas roads Updated: May-30-15 3:40 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a sweeping plan to potentially boost transportation funding by billions of dollars - hoping to bolster the state's traffic-clogged roads and highways.
- Texas won't raise juvenile criminal age to 18 this session Updated: May-30-15 3:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A push to raise the age of criminals whom Texas considered adults has been halted by the idea's strongest opponent, Sen. John Whitmire.
- Texas lawmakers can't agree, won't change veterans' benefit Updated: May-30-15 1:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas House and Senate negotiators can't agree - and therefore won't change - a program offering free college tuition to veterans and their children, even amid concerns it's too expensive to be sustainable.
- Up & Down in Texas politics: Gay marriage; immigration bills Updated: May-30-15 9:05 am
AUSTIN, Texas - In the end, there was a meaningless Senate resolution. And then, the months-long Republican-led effort to further shield Texas from gay marriage should the U.S. Supreme Court legalize it was dead.
- Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns Updated: May-29-15 8:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.
- Texas votes to end high school steroids tests after 8 years Updated: May-29-15 6:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers voted Friday to dismantle the state's high school steroids testing program after eight years and more than $10 million spent collecting thousands of samples that turned up only a handful of cheaters.
- Texas lawmakers approve new teen abortion restrictions Updated: May-29-15 5:37 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers have voted to tighten rules for teenagers seeking to get an abortion without parental consent.
- Texas lawmakers reach agreement on open carry bill Updated: May-28-15 8:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers on Thursday negotiated a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, easing concerns of police and priming it for a vote that would send it to Gov. Greg Abbott.
- Texas House OKs ending Austin residency rule for politicians Updated: May-27-15 7:04 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has passed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow statewide officeholders to live somewhere other than Austin.
- Texas bill seeks to curb shark finning Updated: May-27-15 12:24 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers have sent to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill that bans the sale of shark fins in Texas, a move aimed at curbing the practice of cutting off the fins and tail and releasing the fish to die.
- Bill to allow concealed handguns at colleges gets big boost Updated: May-27-15 2:20 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called "campus carry" measure, barely beating a midnight deadline.