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Texas Legislature 2019

Domestic abusers can trap their victims with financial debt. This Texas bill seeks to provide a way out.

A bill authored by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would make it a felony to threaten a romantic partner into taking on debt or financing expensive items like cars.

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Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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"Nobody seemed to care"

Lifelines and lasting effects

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo,  questions Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, as he lays out Senate Bill 15, which would preempt …

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