A Texas Parks and Wildlife warden patrols the Rio Grande in July, 2014.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife warden patrols the Rio Grande in July, 2014.

Border Security Bill Tentatively Passes Senate

An expansive border security bill declared a priority by Gov. Greg Abbott was given final approval Tuesday by the Texas Senate. The vote marked the near end of a months-long disagreement between the House and the Senate on issues like how to staff and spend on border security, and in what capacity to keeping the Texas National Guard in the Rio Grande Valley

 

 

 
 

New in Trib+Health: A New Role for Paramedics

In this week's edition of the Trib+Health newsletter: Paramedics gain new role in diverting non-emergency care from the ER, the Mental Health Channel airs Texas-centered episodes and an interview with Christian R. Abee of the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine.

The Brief: May 26, 2015

Empty Texas House seat with paperwork, May 1, 2015.
Empty Texas House seat with paperwork, May 1, 2015.

The House faces a major deadline today; it's the last day to take up contested Senate bills and, as such, the session promises to last until the clock strikes midnight. It doesn't help that a major backlog of controversial legislation awaits House members.

House Kicks Off Ethics Reform Debate

Byron Cook speaks at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
Byron Cook speaks at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

With little time left on the legislative clock, the Texas House kicked off debate Tuesday on a sweeping ethics reform package — containing everything from disclosure of so-called “dark money” to restrictions on donations by politicians who become lobbyists.

House Republicans Fail to Move Up Bills

Chairman State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, sponsor of HB 910 open carry legislation, just before final passage of the bill April 17, 2015 by a 96-35 House vote.
Chairman State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, sponsor of HB 910 open carry legislation, just before final passage of the bill April 17, 2015 by a 96-35 House vote.

House Democrats narrowly avoided a Republican-led effort on Tuesday to rearrange the chamber's calendar to make sure controversial measures got a vote before a midnight deadline. 

 

Senate Clears Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions

Sen.Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, continues debate with Sen. Kirk Watson on HB3994 an abortion reform measure on May 25, 2015.
Sen.Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, continues debate with Sen. Kirk Watson on HB3994 an abortion reform measure on May 25, 2015.

After four hours of debate and more than a dozen failed amendments by Democrats, the Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to far-reaching restrictions on minors seeking abortions in Texas without parental consent.