83rd Legislative Session

 Illustration by Gage Skidmore / Todd Wiseman

Tax Incentives Could Prove Divisive For GOP

Republican leaders like to say government should just get out of the way and let the private sector do work its unfettered magic. But during the session, they may have a hard time squaring their stated philosophy with their support for tax giveaways to private industry.

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 Frank Swift

Bill Renews Debate on Merging Top Two Courts

State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond has filed a bill to abolish the Court of Criminal Appeals and bring all of its related cases under the Texas Supreme Court. He's triggering a debate that goes all the way back to Reconstruction.

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 Bob Daemmrich / Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Would GOP Balk if Dems Back Bid to Oust Straus?

Speaker Joe Straus won his leadership post with the support of Democrats — which gives some conservatives fits. If his just-announced challenger, David Simpson, builds a similar bipartisan coalition, can he hold on to conservative support?

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New Caucus Seeks to Work for Younger Texans

Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, is leading an effort to create the Texas Young Legislators Caucus, a bipartisan group that plans to focus on issues that affect Texans under 40 and hopes to engage young people in the legislative process.

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Lawmakers' Bills Target Perceived Overreach by Federal Government

Two bills filed by lawmakers recently seek to restrict the actions of federal agencies in Texas. Lawmakers say the bills are meant to stand up for Texans' freedom, but federal agencies say practices targeted by the bills keep people safe.

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Newsreel: Racing, With and Without Wheels

This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: George P. Bush announces he will run for something, Bryan Hughes steps up his run for House speaker, F1 is running residents out of Austin this weekend and three candidates are running for the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos' seat in Houston — so far.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Interactive: Bill Tracker for the 83rd Session

Bill filing for the 83rd legislative session kicked off on Monday, and lawmakers filed more than 250 bills on the first day alone. The Tribune has retooled last session's bill tracker and put it to work, pulling in all the legislation that's been filed so far for 2013.

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 Tamir Kalifa

More Than 250 Bills Fly Out of the Legislative Gate

In a preview of the impending 83rd legislative session, lawmakers filed more than 250 bills on Monday. The proposals would affect just about everything from public school testing to health insurance and how we buy milk.

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