84th Legislative Session

Illustration by Shelby Knowles/ Texas Tribune

Analysis: The Death of Taxes on Illegal Drugs

Until the most recent legislative session, the state had a tax on illegal drugs, adding tax evasion to the list of things that could put buyers and sellers into jail. Those drugs remain illegal, but the transactions are now tax-free.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

GOP Brags, Democrats Wince as HD 118 Goes Red

A day after a Republican unexpectedly snatched away a long-held Democratic statehouse seat in San Antonio, state GOP leaders were crowing while Democrats swore the low-turnout special election was a non-repeatable fluke.

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Video: McCraw on Sandra Bland

At our 1/19 conversation, Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, talked about the Sandra Bland case and his decision to begin termination proceedings against Trooper Brian Encinia.

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Revisit Our Coverage of the Legislative Session

During the 2015 legislative session, the Tribune kept you updated daily on the various policy debates and legislative votes at the Texas Capitol. Use our Texas Legislative Guide to see that coverage, discover the fate of every bill and learn even more about the session.

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Revisit Our Series on State Contracting Problems

Since Texas began looking to privatize many state services more than 20 years ago, multiple contracts representing billions in public dollars have blown up in the state's face. Here's a look at Contract High, our series taking a look at some of those contracting problems.

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Video: Higher Ed and the 84th Legislature

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked to state Sens. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo; state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin; and Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes about how higher ed issues played in the 84th Legislature.

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