Texas Senate committee OKs bill to outlaw city cellphone restrictions

00 A Texas Senate committee approved a bill Saturday that would outlaw local restrictions on using a cellphone while driving.  Senate Bill 15 would pre-empt local ordinances on mobile phone usage,…

Texas Senate panel approves teacher bonuses, retirement benefits

00 The Senate Finance Committee Saturday approved a proposal Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick listed as a priority for Texas education: providing bonuses and pay raises for long-term teachers, and reduced…

Despite losing bathroom bill fight, a transgender girl gets her two minutes

00 The doors of the Texas Capitol had been open for just about 40 minutes when Rachel Gonzales made her way down into the lowest level of the pink granite…

Senate committee passes bills on private school choice and school finance study

00 The Senate Education Committee got two major bills out of the way Friday, passing legislation that would create a “private school choice” program and start a commission to study…

Bill limiting city, county spending fuels war over local control

00 When state senators revive legislation on Saturday that could require voter approval of city and county property tax rates, lawmakers will also consider something that didn’t come up during this…

The Brief: How to watch today's bathroom bill proceedings

00 Good morning and happy Friday, folks. Thanks for reading The Brief, our daily newsletter informing you on politics, public policy and everything in between. Forward this email to friends…

Watch as hundreds in Texas testify on the bathroom bill

00   For the third time this year, a committee of state lawmakers will consider measures to restrict bathroom use for transgender residents in what’s expected to be an hours-long…

Video: Source of Senate's speed in special session? "Pizza and soda pop" (video)

00 In the Texas Political Roundup: The Senate is moving bills in the special session at a breakneck pace, and a Senate committee will soon take up measures that would…

Hey, Texplainer: Will Texans ever get a remedy for the state's alleged illegal redistricting?

00 Today’s Texplainer is inspired by a question from Texas Tribune reader Sylvia Harrington. Send us your questions about Texas politics and policy by emailing texplainer@texastribune.org or through texastribune.org/texplainer. Hey,…

Analysis: A legislative body in motion can do whatever it wants

00 Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. The special session of the Texas Legislature is moving at the No-B.S. pace you’d…