Gov. Abbott admires his practice target the morning he signed Senate Bill 16, reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry on May 26, 2017.
<p>Gov. Abbott admires his practice target the morning he signed Senate Bill 16, reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry on May 26, 2017.</p>

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs measure to reduce handgun license fee

After signing a bill and testing out a few guns at a shooting range Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott held up his bullet-ridden target sheet and joked, "I'm gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters."

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>

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

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs measure to reduce handgun license fee

Gov. Abbott admires his practice target the morning he signed Senate Bill 16, reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry on May 26, 2017.
<p>Gov. Abbott admires his practice target the morning he signed Senate Bill 16, reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry on May 26, 2017.</p>

After signing a bill and testing out a few guns at a shooting range Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott held up his bullet-ridden target sheet and joked, "I'm gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters."

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.

 

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.

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.

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. 

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.