The Brief: Top Texas News for May 27, 2013

The Big Conversation

With the Legislature hours away from adjournment, special session speculation continues to swirl.

On Sunday, the penultimate day of the 2013 Texas legislative session, the Legislature finalized its last major piece of business, approving a state budget that restores cuts to Texas schools, creates a state water fund and provides tax relief for businesses.

The vote capped off a contentious two weeks of seesaw negotiations between the House and Senate over public education and transportation funding and use of the Rainy Day Fund.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, provided some last-minute drama on Sunday, threatening to filibuster ...

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