83rd Legislative Session

TribLive: Huffman and Ritter on Proposition 6

On Oct. 1, I talked about the coming constitutional referendum on funding the state water plan with Laura Huffman, state director of The Nature Conservancy of Texas, and state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

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 Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Patrick Defends Charter School Bill Before SBOE

Key charter school legislation would not have passed during the last legislative session without a provision removing much of the State Board of Education's authority in approving applications, state Sen. Dan Patrick said Wednesday.

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 Graphic by Rebecca Lai

31 Days, 31 Ways: Revisiting a Month's Worth of Changes

Throughout August, The Texas Tribune featured 31 ways Texans' lives would change come September, the month most bills passed by the 83rd Legislature take effect. Take a look back at our stories, videos, animations and data interactives.

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 Gabriel Cristóver Pérez

Minors Can No Longer Use Tanning Salons

This year, Texas joined several other states that ban minors from tanning indoors. Previously, certain minors — those between 16 ½ and 18 — could tan with parental consent. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Options for Full-Time Online Instruction Expand in Texas

The number of full-time cyber schools serving public school students will double in the upcoming year despite a history of lackluster performance and a new law limiting how many online courses students can take at the state’s expense.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman

New Laws Alter Health Care Policies in Texas

Lawmakers approved measures in the 83rd legislative session that will affect Texans' medical care. Use this interactive to take a look at 31 ways those new laws will change Texas health policy. This is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Wenjing Zhang

State Board of Education Will No Longer Approve Charter Applicants

For the first time since the charter school system was created in 1995, the state education board will no longer play a central role in determining which charter schools get approved. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

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Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Texas legislators might eventually get the transportation funding bill the governor asked them for, but it's not the stuff parades are made of: They've already blown two chances.

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Newsreel: Third Time's the Charm?

This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: The Legislature begins its third special session, the 2014 candidates are stirring and House leaders open a new political action committee to pass a constitutional amendment on water.

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 Maxime Caissy / Ben Hasson / Todd Wiseman

31 Days, 31 Ways: How the 83rd Legislature Will Affect Texans' Lives

Every day this month, the Tribune will reveal a new way that the laws and budget lawmakers passed in the 83rd legislative session will affect Texans' lives come Sept. 1. See the latest stories published or use our interactive calendar for an overview.

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