Daniel Candelaria and Karla Perez of Houston visited the Texas Capitol on April 25, 2017, to express their opposition to Senate Bill 4, which would outlaw "sanctuary cities."
<p><span>Daniel Candelaria and Karla Perez of Houston visited the Texas Capitol on April 25, 2017, to express their opposition to Senate Bill 4, which would outlaw "sanctuary cities."</span></p>

With tensions flaring, Texas House to debate "sanctuary" legislation

The Texas Legislature is at its closest point in six years to passing a bill that would outlaw "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Texas. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on one thing: Wednesday will be a long and emotional day at the Texas House.

 
A coalition of immigrant rights groups protest SB 4 at the East steps of the Texas Capitol prior to a committee hearing on the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.
A coalition of immigrant rights groups protest SB 4 at the East steps of the Texas Capitol prior to a committee hearing on the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.

The Brief: Battle lines drawn for "sanctuary" debate in Texas House

The Texas House is expected to take up a contentious bill Wednesday that would ban "sanctuary" policies across the state. Some lawmakers anticipate "trench warfare."

The Brief: Battle lines drawn for "sanctuary" debate in Texas House

A coalition of immigrant rights groups protest SB 4 at the East steps of the Texas Capitol prior to a committee hearing on the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.
A coalition of immigrant rights groups protest SB 4 at the East steps of the Texas Capitol prior to a committee hearing on the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.

The Texas House is expected to take up a contentious bill Wednesday that would ban "sanctuary" policies across the state. Some lawmakers anticipate "trench warfare."

 

The Brief: Beto O'Rourke explains exceptions on consultants

U.S. Rep. Beto O&rsquo;Rourke announced his bid to run for U.S. Senate while speaking to supporters in El Paso&nbsp;on March 31, 2017.&nbsp;
<p><span>U.S. Rep. Beto O&rsquo;Rourke announced his bid to run for U.S. Senate while speaking to supporters in El Paso&nbsp;on March 31, 2017.&nbsp;</span></p>

After U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke declared that his campaign would not hire consultants when he launched his U.S. Senate bid, a recently filed campaign finance report showed he used two consulting firms leading up to his campaign's kickoff.

After swearing off consultants, O'Rourke explains exceptions

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks to a packed crowd at Scholz Garten in Austin on April 1, 2017, one day after launching his 2018 campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
<p><span>U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks to a packed crowd at Scholz Garten in Austin on April 1, 2017, one day after launching his 2018 campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.</span></p>

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke reported payments to outside political firms on his latest campaign finance report, after initially announcing his campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wouldn't hire consultants.

U.S. Supreme Court justices express caution, intrigue in death penalty case

Death row inmate Erick Davila's case will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, April 24, 2017.
<p>Death row inmate Erick Davila's case will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, April 24, 2017.</p>

U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday expressed concerns about the caseload federal appeals courts might see if they allow Texas death row inmate Erick Davila another chance in a lower court because of an error his lawyer made in the appeals process.

Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now

James Stone's ranch outside of Lockhart on May 10, 2011. Hogs have hobbled Stone's property, ruining pasture land, killing trees and damaging fences. He estimates taking out over 500 hogs during the last three years.
<p>James Stone's ranch outside of Lockhart on May 10, 2011. Hogs have hobbled Stone's property, ruining pasture land, killing trees and damaging fences. He estimates taking out over 500 hogs during the last three years.</p>

The company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs has withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin based poison’s safety is finished.

Uber and Lyft call "sex" amendment disappointing, unnecessary

Texas lawmakers are poised to discuss statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies next session, although there's no clear consensus on what rules, if any, should be proposed come January.
Texas lawmakers are poised to discuss statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies next session, although there's no clear consensus on what rules, if any, should be proposed come January.

Representatives for Uber and Lyft say an amendment to a statewide ride-hailing bill that defines "sex" as "the physical condition of being male or female" is disappointing and unnecessary.

"Bathroom bill" hearing went past this 7-year-old's bedtime. Here's what she wanted to say.

The Gonzales family &mdash; Frank, Rachel and daughter Libby &mdash; attended a rally during Texas Trans Lobby Day at the Texas Capitol on March 6, 2017.
<p>The Gonzales family &mdash; Frank, Rachel and daughter Libby &mdash; attended a rally during Texas Trans Lobby Day at the Texas Capitol on March 6, 2017.</p>

Listen to what a 7-year-old transgender girl had planned to say last week during a Texas House State Affairs Committee hearing on a bill that would regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans.

Tea Party leaders push back on GOP over fast-tracked "Buffett Bill"

&nbsp;Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett drinks a soft drink at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on May 1, 2010.&nbsp;
<p>&nbsp;Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett drinks a soft drink at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on May 1, 2010.&nbsp;</p>

Conservative activists are pushing back against the so-called “Buffett Bill,” which would let billionaire Warren Buffett hang onto his car dealerships in Texas but keep the market closed to Tesla and other manufacturers.