Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that created the new unit.
The ball is in the Senate's court on a major tax relief deal after the House unexpectedly increased the price tag by $400 million.Full Story
Will Texas buck the larger national trend in Republican politics and go in deeper with support of Tea Party candidates and causes?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
A Texas Supreme Court Justice and several lawmakers are pushing to raise the amount of money that can be given by the Attorney General's office to indigent legal aid services groups.Full Story
While members of the Texas Legislature can no longer act as lobbyists before state agencies, plenty of lawmakers still manage to lobby local governments. Others find work that critics would classify as lobbying by another name. While it's technically legal, voters have shown uneasiness with their elected officials taking on such work in the past.Full Story
As lawmakers try to trim the budget for health care for prison inmates, one bill aims to cut costs by re-examining a program that releases inmates deemed the oldest, sickest and most expensive.Full Story