The Senate could vote as early as next week on transportation funding and criminal justice measures that died in the first special session. Those measures were quickly approved Tuesday by two Senate committees.Full Story
Aman Batheja worked for eight years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, most of that time covering state and local politics. A native of Cedarhurst, New York, he has an undergraduate degree in journalism and psychology from New York University and a master's in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.
When efforts by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and other Senate Democrats to run out the clock on an abortion bill fell short, protesters made enough noise to grind the Senate chamber to a halt.Full Story
Legislation that would create sentencing guidelines for 17-year-old murderers and increase funding for road construction were not the target of state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster, but died amid her high-profile effort.
The last day of the special session could see a Senate filibuster of abortion legislation and the final actions on transportation funding and criminal justice measures.Full Story
UPDATED: The Senate is standing at ease as supporters of Senate Bill 5 work to get enough lawmakers in the room to suspend the rules and bring the abortion regulation legislation up.
Activists on both sides of the controversial abortion legislation under consideration in the Legislature this weekend came from across the state to fill the Capitol.
UPDATED: State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, the House's chief budget writer and a critic of some current University of Texas System regents, said Friday he is confident he has the support needed to unseat UT Regent Wallace Hall.Full Story
Seventeen Democrats in the Texas Legislature participated in a new video offering support to gay teens. The video is the latest entry in the nationwide "It Gets Better" campaign, which began in 2010.Full Story
With just days left in the special session, the House Appropriations Committee met Tuesday evening to take on two politically tricky tasks.Full Story
The Texas House went off script Thursday, adopting several amendments to political redistricting maps it initially intended to adopt without changes.Full Story
With six days left, all of the goals of the special session — redistricting, transportation funding, abortion legislation and criminal justice reform — remain unfinished.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry issued more than two dozen vetoes Friday, including a line-item veto that wipes out funding for the Travis County prosecutors who investigate government fraud and public corruption. He also vetoed a bill that would have had Texas law mirror gender wage protections in the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.Full Story
Though Senate Democrats argued that their objections and the testimony from public hearings were being ignored, the Texas Senate approved redistricting maps Friday.Full Story
The Legislature's top budget writers have penned a letter to The Wall Street Journal questioning the figures in a recent editorial that urged Gov. Rick Perry to veto the state budget.Full Story