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Texas Senate passes ethics reform

The Texas Senate passed a bill that would take pensions away from officials convicted of felonies and require lobbyists to disclose more of their wining and dining of lawmakers.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: June 2, 2015

Sine die has now come and gone. But with lawmakers now free to return to their hometowns across the state, the question remains: How'd they do?

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Brief: May 1, 2015

The decision earlier this week by Gov. Greg Abbott to get involved in the controversy over a planned military exercise taking place across several Southwestern states continues to draw comment.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: April 29, 2015

Gone are accusations of gamesmanship as lawmakers get to work finding common ground on the session's border security bill.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: April 28, 2015

The House is set to consider its tax relief package today as the impasse between its approach emphasizing a cut to the sales tax rate and the Senate's recipe that relies on a property tax reduction shows no sign of resolution.

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The Brief: March 3, 2015

In a House committee hearing on Monday, one witness sought to redefine the climate change debate as one with clear implications to national security.

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