The current Texas congressional district map.
<p>The current Texas congressional district map.</p>

Some Texas Republicans in Congress want special session on redistricting

Several Texas Republicans in Congress told the Tribune they want Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session to redraw the state's congressional map. Yet a court filing from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Thursday made clear Abbott isn't interested.

 
Pimps send their victims to "walk the track" on a stretch of Bissonnet Street in Houston. Anti-trafficking efforts in Texas have focused more on putting pimps in prison than rehabilitating their prey.
Pimps send their victims to "walk the track" on a stretch of Bissonnet Street in Houston. Anti-trafficking efforts in Texas have focused more on putting pimps in prison than rehabilitating their prey.

Behind closed doors, Texas lawmakers strip funding for sex trafficking victims

Lawmakers cut a $3 million initiative to help victims of sex trafficking, ending child welfare advocates' hopes that 2017 woud be the year they would finally see funds set aside to help children who had been sold for sex.

Behind closed doors, Texas lawmakers strip funding for sex trafficking victims

Pimps send their victims to "walk the track" on a stretch of Bissonnet Street in Houston. Anti-trafficking efforts in Texas have focused more on putting pimps in prison than rehabilitating their prey.
Pimps send their victims to "walk the track" on a stretch of Bissonnet Street in Houston. Anti-trafficking efforts in Texas have focused more on putting pimps in prison than rehabilitating their prey.

Lawmakers cut a $3 million initiative to help victims of sex trafficking, ending child welfare advocates' hopes that 2017 woud be the year they would finally see funds set aside to help children who had been sold for sex.

 

Former child bride lobbies for bill to save others from her nightmare

Trevicia Williams was 14 years old when her mother forced her to marry a man 12 years her senior.&nbsp;
<p>Trevicia Williams was <span id="docs-internal-guid-5d06cc64-3c60-c365-cccb-8f09c5ebba4c"><span>14 years old when her mother forced her to marry a man 12 years her senior.&nbsp;</span></span></p>

At 14, Trevicia Williams was forced to marry a 26-year-old ex-convict. Nearly 40,000 children were married from 2000 to 2014 in Texas, but a bill that made it to the governor’s desk Tuesday seeks to stop this practice.

Another top TABC honcho departing amid controversy

Commissioner Steven Weinberg attended the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's quarterly meeting via video conference on May 23, 2017. Weinberg quit the day of the meeting. Chairman Kevin Lilly, left, alongside Commissioner Ida Clement Steen, right, recognized Carla Thompson with a promotion to Captain.
<p><span>Commissioner Steven Weinberg attended the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's quarterly meeting via video conference on May 23, 2017. Weinberg quit the day of the meeting. Chairman Kevin Lilly, left, alongside Commissioner Ida Clement Steen, right, recognized Carla Thompson with a promotion to Captain.</span></p>

Steven Weinberg abruptly quit this week as commissioner of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which has been roiled by reports of extravagant spending, mismanagement and heavy-handed regulation. 

Abbott signs crackdown on inappropriate student-teacher relationships

After signing it into law on May 25, Gov. Greg Abbott displays Senate Bill 7, which&nbsp;toughens the penalties for inappropriate student-teacher relationships. In the background: Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, State Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.&nbsp;
<p>After signing it into law on May 25, Gov. Greg Abbott displays Senate Bill 7, which&nbsp;toughens the penalties for inappropriate student-teacher relationships. In the background: Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, State Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.&nbsp;</p>

The bill Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Thursday requires principals and superintendents to report cases of teachers having inappropriate relationships with students or face a state jail felony or a fine of up to $10,000. 

The Brief: Bill that would overhaul school finance is declared dead

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House&nbsp;Public Education Committee, after his bill overhauling Texas' school finance system was approved on second reading on April 19, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House&nbsp;<span>Public Education Committee, after his bill overhauling Texas' school finance system was approved on second reading on April 19, 2017.</span></p>

After Rep. Dan Huberty said he wouldn't accept the Senate's changes to House Bill 21, the lower chamber voted to seek a conference committee. Sen. Larry Taylor, chairman for the Senate Education Committee, was not on board.

House backs Giddings measure targeting "lunch shaming"

State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto, holds up a sample of a piece of cheese given to students who lack money to pay for school lunches in Dallas area schools during a personal privilege speech on the House floor May 9, 2017, where she chastised House Freedom Caucus members for killing her bill on school lunches for poor kids.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Desoto, holds up a sample of a piece of cheese given to students who lack money to pay for school lunches in Dallas area schools during a personal privilege speech on the House floor May 9, 2017, where she chastised House Freedom Caucus members for killing her bill on school lunches for poor kids.&nbsp;</p>

After several failed attempts and compromises during the legislative session, Rep. Helen Giddings finally succeeded in getting the House to pass a measure that targets "lunch shaming" in schools.

School finance legislation is pronounced dead

State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, speaks about his school finance bill on May 24, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, chairman of the House Public Education Committee, speaks about his school finance bill on May 24, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor on Wednesday afternoon said that he would not appoint conferees to negotiate with the House on a proposed school finance overhaul. “That deal is dead,” he said.