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Lujan Edges Uresti in HD 118 Runoff

John Lujan, left, and Tomas Uresti, right, face off Tuesday in a special election runoff in state House District 118. The winner will replace former state Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, who resigned in August.
John Lujan, left, and Tomas Uresti, right, face off Tuesday in a special election runoff in state House District 118. The winner will replace former state Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, who resigned in August.

Lujan becomes the 99th Republican in the Texas House, one short of a supermajority, but will need to win again in the March primary and November general election to serve in the 2017 legislature.

 

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.

House Votes to Keep Free Tuition for Some Veterans' Kids

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.