Learning to Survive After Leaving the Foster Care System

Foster care alumni discuss their experiences at the Education Reach for Texans conference.
Foster care alumni discuss their experiences at the Education Reach for Texans conference.

A redesign of the state's foster care system aims to combat a major difficulty facing many former foster children: learning how to survive after aging out of the system.

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.

House Signs Off on Body Camera Bill

Austin police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with Sen. Royce West D-Dallas on Feb. 12th, 2015 inside Texas Capitol as the Senate Committee on State Affairs listens testimony on SB 11 & SB 17.
Austin police Chief Art Acevedo and Austin Police Association President Kenneth Casaday speak with Sen. Royce West D-Dallas on Feb. 12th, 2015 inside Texas Capitol as the Senate Committee on State Affairs listens testimony on SB 11 & SB 17.

The Texas House has tentatively approved legislation that could increase the use of cameras worn by police officers, an effort to smooth relations between law enforcement and the public by making their interactions more transparent.

 

Senate Won't Include "Abortion ID" Provision

State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, are shepherding House Bill 3994 through the Legislature. The bill would tighten the requirements on "judicial bypass," the legal process used by minors seeking abortions without parental consent.
State Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and state Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, are shepherding House Bill 3994 through the Legislature. The bill would tighten the requirements on "judicial bypass," the legal process used by minors seeking abortions without parental consent.

The sponsor of a bill meant to impose additional restrictions on minors seeking abortions without parental consent will not pursue a controversial provision that would have required women to show a form of identification.

 

House Votes to Keep Free Tuition for Some Veterans' Kids

State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out Senate Bill 7 in the Texas House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out Senate Bill 7 in the Texas House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.

At the last minute, the House voted to scrap changes to the Hazlewood program that would have made many children of veterans ineligible for free tuition. The bill will still need to be reconciled with the Senate's more restrictive version.