State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, asks questions about Senate Bill 5, the voter ID bill, which has been declared an emergency item by Gov. Abbott, on May 23, 2017.
<p><span>State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas,&nbsp;asks questions about Senate Bill 5, the voter ID bill, which has been declared an emergency item by Gov. Abbott, on May 23, 2017.</span></p>

Texas House backs voter ID overhaul, with changes

The 95-54 vote followed a six-hour debate that saw fierce pushback from Democrats, who argued the legislation wouldn’t go far enough to expand ballot access and might discourage some Texans from going to the polls.

 
 

Grieving mom “humbled” and “relieved” after Senate passes autopsy bill

Wyatt McDaniel&nbsp;died in an accident while playing in a sand pile with his little brother on Jan. 25, 2013. His mother, Lara McDaniel, was not able to view his body until after his autopsy and is advocating for Texas lawmakers to adopt "Wyatt's Law."
<p><span>Wyatt McDaniel&nbsp;<span>died in an accident while playing in a sand pile with his little brother on Jan. 25, 2013. His mother, Lara McDaniel, was not able to view his body until after his autopsy and is advocating for Texas lawmakers to adopt "Wyatt's Law."</span></span></p>

Lara McDaniel was devastated when her 7-year-old son died in an accident. An investigator didn't allow her to see her child's body until three days after his death — after an autopsy had been conducted.

House members issue demand for Senate action

State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, gives closing arguments on House Bill 122, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18. The House passed the bill 92-52 on April 20, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, gives closing arguments on House Bill 122, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18. The House passed the bill 92-52 on April 20, 2017.</p>

Members of the Texas House on Tuesday issued a loud demand for the Senate to take action on their bills — or else.

Texas business leaders stayed neutral on "bathroom" amendment

Representatives look at the board as a vote is taken on a bill amendment that&nbsp;would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by &ldquo;biological sex"&nbsp;at the state Capitol&nbsp;on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
<p><span>Representatives look at the board as a vote is taken on a bill amendment that&nbsp;would require schools to provide single-stall restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities to students who don't want to use facilities designated by &ldquo;biological sex"&nbsp;at the state Capitol&nbsp;on Sunday, May 21, 2017.</span></p>

Pro-business forces, which had for months warned that a "bathroom bill" could be disastrous for the state's bottom line, held their fire during Sunday's debate over a bill amendment dealing with the controversial issue.

Texas might keep the standards, cut funding for Abbott's pre-K program

A pre-kindergarten student learned syllables and word identification during a summer bilingual academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio on June 26, 2012.
<p>A pre-kindergarten student learned syllables and word identification during a summer bilingual academy at Wilson Elementary School in San Antonio on June 26, 2012.</p>

Gov. Greg Abbott demanded the House and Senate fund his pre-K grant program holding school districts to quality standards. So they came up with a budget proposal that keeps the standards, but cuts the grants.