THE PROPOSALS TARGET THE TAXES HOMEOWNERS PAY BY REQUIRING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO LOWER THEIR TAX RATES.
STUDENTS AND FIRST AMENDMENT LAWYERS SAY PRESIDENT WALTER WENDLER’S PORTRAYAL OF DRAG SHOWS IS OFF-BASE AND THE CANCELLATION VIOLATES FREE-SPEECH RIGHTS.
SENATE BILL 14 WOULD BAN TEXAS DOCTORS FROM PROVIDING KIDS WITH TRANSITION-RELATED TREATMENTS THAT MEDICAL GROUPS RECOMMEND FOR CHILDREN WITH GENDER DYSPHORIA.
In previously unreleased interviews, officers who responded to the Robb Elementary School shooting told investigators they were cowed by the shooter’s military-style rifle. This drove their decision to wait for a Border Patrol SWAT team to engage him, which took more than an hour due to their distance from the scene.
ANTI-BORDER WALL ACTIVISTS ARE RACING TO FIND LANDOWNERS ALONG THE RIO GRANDE BEFORE THEY SIGN CONTRACTS WITH THE STATE.
MANY OF THE ILLEGAL VOTING CASES THE TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS BOASTED ABOUT ARE UNRAVELING AFTER A KEY COURT RULING. BUT TOMAS RAMIREZ III SAID THE PURSUIT OF CHARGES AGAINST HIM HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL.
LAWMAKERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO KEEP PROTECTIONS THAT SHIELDED TENANTS FROM EVICTION — OR TO BAN THEM.
THE BILL, WHICH HAS THE BLESSING OF LT. GOV. DAN PATRICK, THE LEADER OF THE STATE SENATE, WILL CREATE NEW RULES ON HOW GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS TAUGHT. IT WILL FACE A TOUGHER TEST IN THE HOUSE.
PLAGUED BY DECADES OF SCANDALS OVER SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, THE TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS AT A CROSSROADS.
IN ITS FIRST BILL PASSED THIS SESSION, THE TEXAS SENATE SOUGHT TO ENSURE JUVENILE MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE REPORTED TO THE FEDERAL FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM.
FIVE WOMEN ANNOUNCED A NEW LAWSUIT TUESDAY, MARKING THE FIRST TIME PATIENTS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY NEW ABORTION LAWS HAVE SOUGHT TO CHALLENGE THE RESTRICTIONS IN COURT.
TEXAS LAWMAKERS THIS YEAR WILL DEBATE WHETHER TO BLOCK TRANSGENDER KIDS’ ACCESS TO TRANSITION-RELATED HEALTH CARE, CLASSIFY BUSINESSES THAT HOST DRAG SHOWS AS SEXUALLY-ORIENTED ESTABLISHMENTS AND LIMIT PUBLIC SCHOOL LESSONS ON SEXUALITY AND GENDER IDENTITY.
THE BILL, INTRODUCED MONTHS AFTER THE UVALDE SCHOOL SHOOTING, ALSO ALLOCATES MORE FUNDS TO THE STATE’S SCHOOL SAFETY ALLOTMENT, WHICH IS MONEY GIVEN TO DISTRICTS TO IMPROVE CAMPUS SECURITY.
SEVENTY-SEVEN REPUBLICANS SIGNED ON AS CO-AUTHORS TO REP. VALOREE SWANSON’S BILL EXTENDING RESTRICTIONS ON TRANSGENDER ATHLETES TO COLLEGE SPORTS. GOV. GREG ABBOTT HAS EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR THE LEGISLATION, WHICH IS ALSO A PRIORITY OF LT. GOV. DAN PATRICK.
REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS — BACKED BY LT. GOV. DAN PATRICK — ARE WORKING TO REVERSE A CHANGE TO STATE LAW THEY APPROVED TWO YEARS AGO AS PART OF A SWEEPING OVERHAUL TO TEXAS ELECTION LAW THAT INCLUDED DOWNGRADING ILLEGAL VOTING TO A MISDEMEANOR.
A CHINESE CRIME OPERATION BYPASSED THE PASSWORD CLUES OF TEXAS.GOV BY USING STOLEN IDENTITY INFORMATION TO FRAUDULENTLY OBTAIN REPLACEMENT DRIVER’S LICENSES.
THE YEARLONG REVIEW ALSO RECOMMENDS INCREASING THE FUNDS SCHOOLS GET PER STUDENT, A MEASURE ALREADY FAVORED BY LAWMAKERS LOOKING HOW TO SPEND A HISTORIC STATE BUDGET SURPLUS.
MOST OF THE STATE’S 19 MASS SHOOTINGS OVER THE PAST SIX DECADES WERE CARRIED OUT BY MEN WHO LEGALLY POSSESSED FIREARMS, AN INVESTIGATION BY PROPUBLICA AND THE TEXAS TRIBUNE FOUND.
The UT system leaders’ decision comes weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state agencies to stop considering diversity in hiring. Texas A&M University also recently changed its hiring practices.
In an interview with the Tribune, the governor also backed criminalizing some health care treatments for transgender kids and shrugged off the idea that he’s in a conservative policy rivalry with Ron DeSantis.
U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales said in an interview with the Washington Examiner that his fellow Republicans benefit politically from a sustained border crisis. The attack indirectly alluded to U.S. Rep. Chip Roy’s contentious border security bill.
Many relatives of Uvalde victims back bills that state Rep. Tracy King and Sen. Roland Gutierrez are pushing in the Legislature. But limits on gun access don’t fare well at the Capitol.
In 2021, Texas passed a law barring transgender student athletes from playing on K-12 school sports teams that align with their gender identity.
Advocates for domestic violence victims were stunned by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that continued a string of court decisions citing the Second Amendment to push back against gun restrictions.
In a memo written Monday and obtained by The Texas Tribune, Abbott’s chief of staff Gardner Pate told agency leaders that using diversity, equity and inclusion policies in hiring violates federal and state employment laws, and hiring cannot be based on factors “other than merit.”