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TDHCA details consequences of potential state budget cuts

The Texas Legislature opens next month under specific instructions to use a 4 percent reduction in general revenue as the starting point in budget talks. Gov. 260 more words

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Bill would require students to take class on how to deal with cops

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, has filed legislation that will require students to take a class on how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. 215 more words


Texas senator files bill to expand medical marijuana use

AUSTIN (KXAN/NEXSTAR) – A Texas senator is looking to help patients with debilitating and chronic medical conditions receive cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.

Democratic Senator Jose Menendez filed Senate Bill 269 Tuesday morning.  427 more words


Texas files legislation to take part in Convention of States

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Greg Abbott’s is moving forward with his plan to try to rein in the federal government and give more power back to the states. 325 more words


State of Texas: In-Depth - Cutting taxes and leaving the Lege

AUSTIN (KXAN) — “It just shows how much the economy has been hurting in Texas.” Aman Batheja covers the Legislature for the Texas Tribune and this week on State of Texas: In-Depth, he’s tracking the impact of a report that shows state lawmakers will have a lot less money to spend next session. 442 more words


Therapists brace for lower rates, hoping lawmakers reverse them

AUSTIN (KXAN) – More than a year after they were originally ordered, the state will pay lower rates for some therapy for disabled children. After a legal fight, the state of Texas will pay $350 million less for services for disabled and foster children. 495 more words


Religious liberty, limiting federal power among Lt. Gov.'s priorities

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A commitment to life, liberty and conservative government promoting prosperity. It’s the basis of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s five additional pieces of legislation that will get high priority in the 2017 legislative session. 226 more words