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State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015
Sen. Joan Huffman R-Houston during the Senate Committee on State Affairs as they listen to testimony relating to guns on campus and open carry on February 12th, 2015

The Brief: Lawmakers Distance Open Carry From Waco Shootout

Lawmakers are quick to say that the incident that left nine biker gang members dead wasn't relevant to the discussion of open carry despite some committee witnesses who attempted to draw a connection.

Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.
Timothy Mateer straightens napkins at the table in the Lt. Governor's Reception Room where Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Greg Abbott will meet April 29, 2015 for their weekly leadership breakfast.

The Brief: Leadership Moves Toward Deal on Legislative Priorities

Amid the spectacle of bills dying in the House as part of Democrats' concerted effort to take out a controversial gay marriage bill came news that the legislative leadership might be close to hammering out a deal to resolve their major outstanding conflicts.

Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

The Brief: Video of Lawmakers Shared With Breitbart Texas

The news organization Breitbart Texas confirmed that it has received footage of lawmakers shot by a nonprofit tied to conservative causes, but it has no plans to release any of it before the end of the legislative session in three weeks.

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and state Rep. Mike Villarreal — both Democrats from San Antonio — will face-off in the race to become the city's next mayor.

The Brief: Gloves Come Off in Race for San Antonio Mayor

Early voting in the San Antonio mayoral election wraps up today ahead of Election Day on Saturday. And the gloves have come off in the increasingly rough-and-tumble election.

Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.
Austin Police Officer Cory Ehrler monitors the entrance to Ridgetop Elementary School after classes start on the Monday following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As the 83rd legislative session approaches, Texas lawmakers are considering making firearms more available to teachers and other school personnel.

The Brief: In Garland, A Shooting Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Texas officials continue to investigate an incident Sunday night in Garland where two men shot a security guard outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Police returned fire, killing the two men.

Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits the Texas Capitol to discuss education initiatives in the Senate chamber. At right is Sen. Dan Patrick.
Former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush visits the Texas Capitol to discuss education initiatives in the Senate chamber. At right is Sen. Dan Patrick.

The Brief: Reaching Out to Hispanic Evangelicals in Houston

A gathering of Hispanic evangelicals in Houston on Wednesday attracted two Republicans eyeing a run for the White House who repeated positions on immigration that have gotten them in hot water with party conservatives.

Texas House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks over amendments to border security legislation on March 1, 2015.
Texas House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks over amendments to border security legislation on March 1, 2015.

The Brief: Impasse on Tax Cuts Persists on Eve of House Debate

The House is set to consider its tax relief package today as the impasse between its approach emphasizing a cut to the sales tax rate and the Senate's recipe that relies on a property tax reduction shows no sign of resolution.

Texas Railroad Commission lead engineering technician for districts 1 and 2, Michael Polasek, inspects a salt water disposal injection well at a Heckman Water Resources commercial disposal facility on the LAMZA lease near Highway 80, January 22, 2012.
Texas Railroad Commission lead engineering technician for districts 1 and 2, Michael Polasek, inspects a salt water disposal injection well at a Heckman Water Resources commercial disposal facility on the LAMZA lease near Highway 80, January 22, 2012.

The Brief: SMU Earthquake Report Could Cause Well Closures

There was more fallout late last week from the Southern Methodist University-led research study that linked wastewater injection wells to a swarm of earthquakes near Reno and Azle in late 2013 and early 2014.