Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, right, from dueling press conferences they each held on May 26, 2017.
<p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, right, from dueling press conferences they each held on May 26, 2017.</p>

Patrick, Straus deadlocked over "bathroom bill"

In dueling press conferences Friday evening, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus revealed themselves at an impasse over bathroom regulations that could prompt Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session. The current legislative session ends Monday.

 
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, talks with Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, on the House floor April 25, 2017. &nbsp;Zerwas is co-chair of the House/Senate conference committee studying the state budget which had its organization meeting Monday.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, talks with Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, on the House floor April 25, 2017. &nbsp;Zerwas is co-chair of the House/Senate conference committee studying the state budget which had its organization meeting Monday.&nbsp;</p>

Legislature largely maintaining cuts to therapy services for disabled children

The House grudgingly voted to accept the Senate's supplemental budget proposal, which would not restore funding for disabled children's therapy services.

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 27, 2017. &nbsp;The committee is consider several bills related to long-term care facilities including S.B. 1130 by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and others. &nbsp;
<p>State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 27, 2017. &nbsp;The committee is consider several bills related to long-term care facilities including S.B. 1130 by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and others. &nbsp;</p>

Sweeping anti-abortion bill heads to governor's desk

Texas senators voted Friday to send a bill banning the most common second-trimester abortion procedure and changing how health care facilities handle fetal remains to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. 

 

Legislature largely maintaining cuts to therapy services for disabled children

State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, talks with Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, on the House floor April 25, 2017. &nbsp;Zerwas is co-chair of the House/Senate conference committee studying the state budget which had its organization meeting Monday.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, talks with Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, on the House floor April 25, 2017. &nbsp;Zerwas is co-chair of the House/Senate conference committee studying the state budget which had its organization meeting Monday.&nbsp;</p>

The House grudgingly voted to accept the Senate's supplemental budget proposal, which would not restore funding for disabled children's therapy services.

Sweeping anti-abortion bill heads to governor's desk

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 27, 2017. &nbsp;The committee is consider several bills related to long-term care facilities including S.B. 1130 by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and others. &nbsp;
<p>State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 27, 2017. &nbsp;The committee is consider several bills related to long-term care facilities including S.B. 1130 by Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and others. &nbsp;</p>

Texas senators voted Friday to send a bill banning the most common second-trimester abortion procedure and changing how health care facilities handle fetal remains to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. 

 

 

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 would be the year they would finally see funds set aside to help children who had been sold for sex.

Texas lawmakers considered a lot of bills. Can you spot the real ones?

State Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, right, chairman of the House Committee on Calendars,&nbsp;talks with Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin (seated, left) and Chris Paddie, R-Marshall (center) in a packed room on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Capitol.
<p><span>State Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, right, chairman of the House Committee on Calendars,&nbsp;talks with Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin (seated, left) and Chris Paddie, R-Marshall (center) in a packed room on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Capitol.</span></p>

How close have you been paying attention during the 85th Texas Legislative session? Take this quiz to see how well you can distinguish between real bills and fake ones.

The Brief: It's the Texas Legislature's last weekend — for this session

A handful of tourists hang around outside the Texas Capitol on May 11, 2017 as the House faces a midnight deadline that will ultimately end in the death of scores of bills in the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;
<p>A handful of tourists hang around outside the Texas Capitol on May 11, 2017 as the House faces a midnight deadline that will ultimately end in the death of scores of bills in the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;</p>

As the Texas Legislature heads into its final weekend before the regular session ends Monday, lots of parts at the Capitol are still churning.

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.