Texans who apply for unemployment benefits could be subject to drug testing under a measure the House tentatively approved on Tuesday.
UPDATED: A last-ditch effort to pass education reform this session failed in the Texas House Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers blocked it on procedural grounds.
UPDATED: The House on Tuesday tentatively approved a bill that would require a now-defunct legislative oversight committee to hire a third party to review solitary confinement conditions in Texas prisons and juvenile lockups.
UPDATED: State Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, again attempted to add a measure decoupling legislators' pensions from judges' pay. But the amendment to Senate Bill 1459 was defeated Tuesday.Full Story
For this week's nonscientic survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked for predictions about which proposals will survive the legislative session, which ones won't and about how top state officeholders will fare in the elections that follow.Full Story
Ahead of a Wednesday bill-passing deadline, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has sent an email to supporters urging them to ask their senators to vote out several anti-abortion measures.
Two Texans, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, are on the GOP's radar as potential 2016 presidential candidates. Use this interactive to see how they compare on issues like health care, abortion and immigration.Full Story
It's shaping up to be another difficult summer for the Texas power grid. A national nonprofit has projected that the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region of the country.Full Story
A bill requiring universities to offer fixed four-year tuition plans, as called for by Gov. Rick Perry, has passed both chambers but with language attached that might give the governor pause.Full Story
The Texas House gave early approval on Tuesday to a requirement that the Department of Public Safety perform DNA testing on all biological evidence prior to the start of cases that involve the death penalty.Full Story
Your evening reading: major deadline looms for budget deal; Dewhurst urges action on abortion legislation; Houston Tea Party group sues IRS over targetingFull Story
The Senate approved an extension of the University of Texas at Austin's cap on automatic admissions under the state's top 10 percent rule on Tuesday, and members rejected efforts to do away with the rule entirely.Full Story
UPDATED: Premont Independent School District will avoid closure by joining with Texas A&M University-Kingsville, state and local officials announced on Tuesday.Full Story
The Senate Nominations Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to approve Gov. Rick Perry's three nominees to the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The nominees must still be confirmed by the full Senate.Full Story
Police would have new authority to take firearms away from Texans who are in a mental crisis under a bill the House approved on Tuesday that is now headed to Gov. Rick Perry's desk.
The public doesn't closely follow legislative debates over the budget, but sometimes those budget debates line up pretty accurately with public opinion.Full Story
Many of the residents of Sun City Shadow Hills near Palm Springs say they're being overcharged and hit with unfair penalties by their HOA. They have the company run by state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, in their crosshairs.Full Story
They are uncontested pieces of legislation that seemingly pass without much consideration. But the lawmakers, staff and various groups who have a hand in local and uncontested bills say the measures are "well vetted."Full Story
Though a budget deal was struck last week, lawmakers aren't done arguing about it.Full Story
In a surprise turn of events in the House on Monday evening, a Medicaid reform bill meant to address long-term and acute care services became a weapon in the GOP’s fight against Medicaid expansion.Full Story