They acknowledge they're pushing a boulder up a hill in the conservative Texas Legislature. But three House Democrats remain laser-focused on repealing the 24-hour waiting period for abortion imposed by the state’s 2011 sonogram law.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has helped secure college admittance for students over the objections of the admissions office, according to an external review of lawmaker and regental influence at the flagship campus.
Joined by the father of a Texas high school student who died of sudden cardiac arrest, three state lawmakers on Wednesday proposed requiring heart screenings for high school athletes.
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas – the state's largest public retirement system – expects its health insurance program to become insolvent in the 2016 fiscal year. Lawmakers on the Senate's budget-writing committee promised to keep the fund afloat.
Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that House members will not allow conservative activists threatening political retaliation, or gun activists threatening physical retaliation, to impact their votes.
In the emerging field of telemedicine, doctors diagnose symptoms and prescribe drugs without ever meeting patients face-to-face. The Texas Medical Board doesn't believe that is a good idea.
Gun rights activists certainly haven't been shy about making their presence felt at the Capitol. They will have their first chance to weigh in on actual legislation on Thursday, when a Senate committee takes up "open carry" and "campus carry" bills.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is refusing to cede the argument many of his likely Republican presidential rivals are making: that governors are better equipped than legislators to be commander-in-chief. His comments follow remarks that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry made last week downplaying Senate experience ahead of a presidential bid.
Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and Xerox surprised senators Wednesday by reporting that 30,000 drivers with valid TxTag accounts were erroneously mailed bills for using the state’s toll roads.
Months after three people in Texas were diagnosed with Ebola, several key state lawmakers on Wednesday proposed ways to prepare the state for the next disease-related emergency.
The multi-million dollar influx of state police on the border is stemming the tide of illegal immigration, but parts of the operation are largely inefficient, the state’s top law enforcement officer told the House budget-writing committee.
Education Commissioner Michael Williams said Wednesday that the state does not have the authority to satisfy federal officials’ desire for a more overarching system.
When the Texas Health and Human Services Commission asked the federal government for $18 million to foot most of the bill for new Medicaid fraud tracking software, it assured Washington counterparts the deal had been competitively bid. That was not true.
The U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program — a component of the North American Free Trade Agreement — is moving forward. Proponents say it will add to Texas' prosperous trade relationship with Mexico. But union groups have some concerns.
Anger boiled over at a town hall meeting Tuesday night as Hays County residents decried a company's plan to pump and sell millions of gallons of groundwater. The heated dispute foreshadows more to come in a growing state that's running out of water.
A proposal from state lawmakers to sell off part or all of the Texas School for the Deaf, a 150-year-old facility in Austin located on prime real estate, has stirred anger and anxiety among alumni and supporters.
A federal audit found that former U.S. House Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco's 2010 campaign accepted $100,000 worth of “prohibited contributions from a foreign national corporation” during his 2010 campaign.
Emblems of Jack Stick’s days as the state health agency's deputy inspector general remain: roughly 300 high-dollar badges he designed and ordered for his investigators at a cost to taxpayers of $36,000.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that drug cartels are ramping up efforts as the Texas National Guard is preparing to leave the Rio Grande Valley next month. He's hoping to extend the Guard's presence in the region.
Texas and the 33 other states that refused to set up their own insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act are especially vulnerable to an impending U.S. Supreme Court decision. A victory for Obamacare foes could upset the state's entire health insurance market.
The country has been trying to figure out for decades what to do with the high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The operators of a nuclear waste dump in West Texas have told federal officials they'd be happy to take it.
The decline in oil prices has led to thousands of layoffs in Texas. It has also led to renewed calls from Texans in Congress and other state officials to lift the ban that blocks the export of most U.S. crude oil.
In this nascent presidential cycle, there is no issue that has done more to light up the public health vs. personal freedom debate within the Republican Party than vaccinations. And former Gov. Rick Perry walked straight into it last week.
Dan Patrick had the language and stage directions for campaigning well in hand, but when he became lieutenant governor, people started listening a little more closely. Advocates for more liberal gun laws, for instance.
Republican presidential flirts Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are cozying up to their positions on fixing, or dumping, the federal income tax. Get ready for much discussion of what's flat, what's fair and whether the twain shall meet.
Medical marijuana advocates say that a proposal to allow epilepsy patients to use medicinal oils that contain a therapeutic component found in marijuana wouldn't do enough to help patients like Alexis Bortell, 9.
Texans must wait for an answer to a vexing question: How far below the earth’s surface do property lines extend? The Texas Supreme Court evaded the issue Friday, deciding a case that pitted petroleum interests against property rights advocates.
This week, jury selection began in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh for the murder of Chris Kyle, whose career as a soldier in Iraq (and “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history”) is dramatized in the film “American Sniper.”
State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said Friday he will propose legislation to eliminate "conscientious exemptions" because of the re-emergence of diseases like measles attributed to growing numbers of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children.
State officeholders cannot raise money for their own campaigns during legislative sessions, but they can ask supporters to back their favorite charities, or even the political parties that support them during election season.
A peripatetic seismologist and son of McCamey has been hired to figure out whether oil and gas drilling is causing earthquakes in Texas. No matter what he says, some people will not believe him.
As the new chairman of an influential GOP caucus, U.S. Rep. Bill Flores could position himself for a seat at the U.S. House's leadership table. But in an interview with the Tribune, the Bryan Republican talked more about term limits than leadership posts.
More than 38,000 students — about .75 percent of the state's overall school-age population — had nonmedical exemptions to school immunization laws statewide in the 2013-14 school year, according to Department of State Health Services data. Search our table to see the totals for your district or private school.
Besides being potential rivals in the 2016 presidential race, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry have butted heads in past races. But Huckabee heaped praise on Perry on Thursday and blasted the indictment against the Texas governor.
A week after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said there weren’t enough votes in the Texas Senate to pass legislation allowing the open carrying of handguns, Gov. Greg Abbott said on the radio that he thinks such legislation will pass.
Gov. Greg Abbott and Comptroller Glenn Hegar are calling for the Legislature to overhaul controversial taxpayer-funded programs used to lure sporting events to Texas and move them from the Comptroller to the Governor’s Office.
In an interview Thursday, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said that providing in-state tuition for undocumented students is the "morally right thing to do."
After years of political wrangling, Mexico is poised to open up its state-run energy monopoly to private investment — pumping excitement into Texas, where officials have talked about partnerships that might lift border towns out of poverty. But as global crude oil prices fall, will investors walk through that door?
After a few failed legislative attempts, Republican lawmakers are once again working to make drug testing mandatory for some Texans who receive state welfare benefits.
At the Senate Health and Human Services Committee's first meeting of the legislative session, Chairman Charles Schwertner shared some tough criticism of the Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General.
House Speaker Joe Straus released his committee assignments Wednesday, including new chairmen for the two high-profile committees that will take the lead on writing the budget and crafting tax cuts.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Transportation Chair Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, unveiled a plan Wednesday to boost transportation funding by dedicating some of the sales tax already collected on car sales to road work.
Donald Keith Newbury, 52, who was part of the "Texas Seven" gang of prison fugitives, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night for the 2000 murder of an Irving police officer.
Government misadventures, like the current contracting scandals in Texas, don't make voters happy. But they don't necessarily hurt the people in office — especially when it's easy to hang the blame on the officeholders they replaced.
Twelve years after a major mash-up of state health agencies, the Sunset Commission and several lawmakers say it's time to finish the job and merge the remaining five systems into one. Some veteran Capitol observers say they're feeling déjà vu.
Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin were rivals on the football field, but the state's two biggest schools come together every two years in the political arena for Orange and Maroon Legislative Day.
Attorneys say immigrant children in Texas detention centers are being denied basic protections that are afforded to them under a nearly 20-year-old federal agreement.
More than 30 families who have lost someone to distracted driving gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to rally support for legislation that would ban texting while driving in Texas.
Texas doesn't require magistrate judges to tell immigrants how their pleas on misdemeanor charges might affect their immigration status. Legislation that would change that failed two years ago, but the sponsors are back for another try.
If the state budget doesn't include tax cuts for businesses, he'll veto it, Gov. Greg Abbott told business leaders Tuesday. The new governor also wants to pare back state regulations.