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Stories with person: Joe Straus
  • Strong-armed Texas state lawmaker leaves gavels in pieces story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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.

  • What to watch: Crunch time calm; texting while driving bill 
    Updated: May-24-15 9:07 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - The closing days of Texas' legislative session usually mean political chaos, with some lawmakers scrambling to finalize pet proposed legislation and others working just as hard to block bills they despise.

  • Texas Senate approves open carry of handguns 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:57 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas took a major step toward allowing the licensed open carry of handguns, with Senate approval Friday night after a fierce debate over restricting police powers to ask people carrying guns if they are legal.

  • Texas authorities question lawmakers in hidden video scandal 
    Updated: May-08-15 9:02 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly begun interviewing state lawmakers, asking about a conservative group that sent shockwaves through the Legislature when it said it had secretly videotaped elected officials to try to capture them in embarrassing situations.