Criticism by state leaders of the Obama administration for failures in the response to the Ebola virus omits mention of the tools at the state's disposal that were not used.Full Story
Funding for roads and other transportation projects could draw an unusual amount of sustained attention in the coming months as federal highway funds are on the verge of drying up and Texans prepare to vote in November on a measure to boost TxDOT's budget.Full Story
While abortion legislation is drawing all the attention in this second special session, lawmakers are also trying for the third time this year to find some extra money for the Texas Department of Transportation. But even if the leading proposal becomes law, funding for roads will still be a major issue in the 2015 session.Full Story
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
Senators on Tuesday tentatively approved a resolution that aims to solve the state's transportation funding woes by diverting future revenue from the Rainy Day Fund.
With transportation funding added to the special session call, lawmakers are already planning hearings and considering different proposals. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday.Full Story
A plan to fund Texas highway construction by diverting half of the money that currently feeds the state's Rainy Day Fund could find new life in a special session.Full Story
The Senate passed a bill that would allow teachers and other public school staff to use holiday greetings like "Merry Christmas” and "Happy Hanukkah" and to display Christmas trees, Nativity scenes, menorahs and other cultural icons of winter celebrations. The bill now heads to the governor.Full Story
With less than two months left in the legislative session, some lawmakers are lowering expectations on what can get done related to funding for roads. Among the hurdles is a lack of urgency in the House to fulfill the Texas Department of Transportation's request for $4 billion more per year, several lawmakers say.