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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 local ordinances on using cellphones while driving.  The debate on July 26, 2017 comes as the Senate is pushing to finish bills on the called special session agenda before the end of the week. 

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