Texas House members overwhelmingly gave tentative approval to a sweeping border-security measure on Wednesday that would increase the number of state troopers on the border and establish a catchall intelligence center in Hidalgo County.
Wholesale giant Costco has joined Wal-Mart, Kroger and other retailers in the fight to loosen restrictions on the state liquor market and let public corporations sell hard alcohol in Texas.
The state of Texas is suing the Obama administration for giving medical leave benefits to certain same-sex couples, according to a Wednesday announcement from Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The Texas Senate began debate on a bill Wednesday that would require public colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus.
A new judge Wednesday reaffirmed the dismissal of a ruling by the Texas Ethics Commission against conservative powerbroker Michael Quinn Sullivan.
Josh Perry, Ted Cruz's top digital strategist, is joining the Texas senator's political operation in Houston.
The leading candidate to be the next president of the University of Texas at Austin, University of Oxford Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton, has been named the next president of New York University.
A bill that reins in the power of university regents was approved by a Texas Senate committee Wednesday morning. A similar piece of legislation was vetoed last session.
Gov. Greg Abbott has tapped former state Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, to be the chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission. The five-member panel oversees the Texas Department of Transportation.
State Rep. Stuart Spitzer is afraid the federal government can use medical records to identify gun owners. Over the objections of the medical community, he has filed a bill that would prohibit doctors from asking patients whether they own a firearm.
Under a bill before lawmakers Tuesday, the state would expand an existing program to pay if special needs students need to transfer out of schools that aren't serving their individual needs.
Billing problems on state toll roads are bigger than the department of transportation previously announced, and customers who have been overcharged will be getting about $1.7 million back.
The Senate Finance Committee voted Tuesday to send proposals cutting property taxes and business taxes to the full Senate, though some senators questioned whether the property tax cuts could be better spent in other ways.
High school seniors who have failed their state exams may still have a shot at earning a diploma. A bill providing them a way around the requirement continues to advance in the Texas Legislature.
One day after the Texas Senate voted to loosen state handgun regulations, a House committee Tuesday considered proposals to allow the open carry of handguns with a license and the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses.
As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gears up for an expected presidential run, longtime friends and colleagues say the native Texan always had the aura of political potential hanging over him. From his backyard ballpark in Houston to his years with Texas Commerce Bank, Bush stood out for his abilities — and his relatability.
Lawmakers riled up by higher education costs want to regain their control of setting tuition at state colleges and universities. But at most schools, tuition has gone up more slowly since the schools took over the job, a Tribune analysis shows.
Plenty of lawmakers are siding with the oil industry in response to Denton's vote to ban fracking inside city limits. What's surprising this session is how few are weighing in for local control.
Texas A&M University is finalizing its application to host a 2016 presidential or vice presidential debate.
Longtime elected officials would no longer be able to use an obscure perk to boost their take-home pay under a bill that sailed out of a House committee Monday. The proposed double-dipping ban now heads to the House floor.
A bill lifting some of the state's restrictions on handguns may be among the first passed out of the Texas Senate this legislative session.
After taking a backseat in 2013, legislation to cut off funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that don't use local police to enforce federal immigration laws is under debate before a Senate subcommittee.
A measure that would yank the state's public corruption-fighting unit out of the Travis County district attorney's office and stick it in the Texas attorney general's office is headed for the full Senate.
Three years ago, the office responsible for rooting out Medicaid fraud and abuse set a goal of finding $1 billion a year in misspent funds. But it's collecting about $995 million less than that, and the program's performance is under scrutiny amid investigations into contracting irregularities.
State law requires lobbyists to report what they spend on legislators and other state officials. But the loopholes are big: Less than 5 percent of the lobby's reported spending on food and beverage names the eaters and the drinkers.
Skirting tax laws and knowingly hiring unauthorized workers are common practices in Texas, especially in the state's construction industry. Lawmakers and workers' rights groups are trying again to target companies that misclassify workers.
An infusion of $2 billion into Texas' state water plan — once a little-known wish list of water projects — has highlighted the role of private engineering and consulting firms, which play a big role in writing it.
The Texas General Land Office on Thursday cut ties with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the organization that has run the Alamo for more than a century.
Texas House budget writers put the final touches Thursday on a two-year budget that offers a different approach to boosting funding for transportation from the Senate.
Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice filed an emergency motion asking an appeals court to lift a temporary halt to a federal immigration program that was issued by a Brownsville-based federal judge in February.
A big, central government wants to override laws approved by the people in the provinces. That might sound like the federal government bossing states around, but it's the Texas Legislature trying to rein in the cities and counties.
During a Senate Education Committee hearing Thursday, lawmakers questioned whether A-through-F ratings for schools would provide a clear picture of a school's performance.
With a four-bill cocktail, Rep. Jason Isaac hopes to stop, or at last slow, a Houston-based company's plans to pump huge amounts of water from beneath Hays County.
Lawmakers have filed two competing bills about who should have the authority to decide whether to terminate a brain-dead person's life — a preview of what promises to be a fiery legislative battle over end-of-life medical care in Texas.
The killing last week of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, a Muslim man who'd just arrived from Iraq, has focused international attention on the Dallas neighborhood where he was staying. He was outside taking photos during a snowstorm when he was shot. No one's been arrested and that's left neighbors uneasy.
State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, on Thursday explained why he removed signs at the Capitol identifying some legislators as former fetuses.
Gov. Greg Abbott declared five emergency items in his State of the State speech, clearing the way for lawmakers to act quickly on them if they so choose. Here's a guide to the five items, related bills and where things stand.
After several reassurances from House members about what a border security bill is not intended to do, the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety voted out the sweeping measure on Wednesday.
As the state continues to tally all the tax dollars spent on former Gov. Rick Perry's security while he was trotting the globe and running for president, a lawmaker wants future elected officials to reimburse Texas for any out-of-state trips that don't involve official business. Our report includes a closer look at five of Perry's most expensive international trips.
All three of Gov. Greg Abbott's University of Texas regent appointees were confirmed by the Texas Senate on Wednesday.
A Mexican Mafia hit man convicted for his part in the 1998 capital murder of a San Antonio woman is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night.
Signs identifying some state lawmakers as former fetuses are generating controversy at the Capitol.
As lawmakers debate what kinds of tax cuts they like best, and voters point at property taxes as their favorite, a national conservative group is starting a grassroots campaign to promote repeal of the state's business margins tax.
Texas lawmakers are considering different approaches to transforming the state's unwieldy, loophole-ridden system of contract oversight into something that can be properly tracked, analyzed and, when needed, restrained.
Texas House leaders unveiled a plan Tuesday to shore up the state's chronically underfunded retirement system for employees that requires workers to pay more into the system, but gives them a pay raise to offset the cost.
As legislators considered several early education bills Tuesday afternoon, testimony was dominated by a debate over what standards school districts should meet to get additional state funding for pre-kindergarten programs.
A bill that would ban texting while driving passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday when lawmakers voted it out of the House Transportation Committee.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which is nearly out of its current lethal injection drug, pentobarbital, has stockpiled the sedative midazolam. That drug could be part of a backup execution method in Texas, but it is at the center of a legal challenge.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is stepping up to help raise money for a super PAC supporting his dad's likely 2016 presidential campaign. The younger Bush is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for the PAC on Thursday in Austin.
A controversial immigration proposal scheduled for a public hearing Monday was postponed after a border Democrat argued that Republicans did not give the public sufficient notice about the meeting.