More Pay for Medicaid Doctors Lost in Budget Deal

Sens. Lois Kolkhorst, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, Jane Nelson, Charles Schwertner, Joan Huffman and Reps. Larry Gonzales, Sarah Davis, Sylvester Turner, John Otto and Trent Ashby make up the 2015 budget conference committee.
Sens. Lois Kolkhorst, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, Jane Nelson, Charles Schwertner, Joan Huffman and Reps. Larry Gonzales, Sarah Davis, Sylvester Turner, John Otto and Trent Ashby make up the 2015 budget conference committee.

The House-Senate budget conference committee adopted its compromise on health and human services funding Wednesday, pleasing fiscal conservatives and giving little cheer to advocates for the poor and disabled.

 

Harris County in Crosshairs of Pollution Lawsuit Limits

State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation legislative orientation session on Jan. 7, 2015.
State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation legislative orientation session on Jan. 7, 2015.

In a session that's been kind to business interests, local control might be about to take another hit as the Senate tentatively approves legislation that could make it harder for counties to sue polluters.

 

 

Citing Garland Shooting, Perry Touts Surveillance

Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.
Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.

Wrapping up a swing through Iowa, former Gov. Rick Perry cited the Garland shooting to defend federal surveillance programs, and told a national security forum that enhanced interrogation is okay, though rectal feeding may be over the line.

 

In Iowa, Perry Seeks Footing on Trade Deal

Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.
Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.

Former Gov. Rick Perry is making it clear he supports free trade in theory, but isn't wild about having the Obama administration negotiating the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

Lawmakers One Step Closer on Border Security

Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Grandbury speaks during a March 16th, 2015 Senate Subcommittee on border security
Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Grandbury speaks during a March 16th, 2015 Senate Subcommittee on border security

A major piece of border security legislation cleared another hurdle in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to predict that a compromise between the House and Senate will be hashed out before the session ends June 1.

Senate Panel OKs Restrictions on Minors Seeking Abortions

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.

A far-reaching proposal to restrict the mechanism used by minors seeking abortions without parental consent is headed to the Senate floor.