News For Thursday, June 2, 2011

Health Bills in Legislative Committees, Again

Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan and Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, speaks with Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound during meeting on June 2nd, 2011
Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan and Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, speaks with Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound during meeting on June 2nd, 2011

The Senate Finance Committee — for the second time — has passed out measures designed to make Medicaid more efficient and effective, and to open the door for medical professions and institutions to collaborate.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 2, 2011

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, takes a look at redistricting maps at the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting on May 13, 2011.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, takes a look at redistricting maps at the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting on May 13, 2011.

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Sources: Williams May Switch to U.S. House Race

Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.
Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.

Former Railroad Commissioner Michael Wiliams, who announced his intention back in January to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, is likely to drop out of that race and instead run for a newly created congressional seat, multiple sources tell the Tribune.