Texas Senate approves monthly payments for relative caregivers of abused children

00 Texas senators voted unanimously on Monday to increase money given to kinship care families. Source: Texas Tribune Blue Government News

Dan Patrick unconvinced by House action on bathrooms, property taxes

00 After threatening to force a special session of the Texas Legislature unless lawmakers approve a “bathroom bill” and property tax legislation, Lt. Gov Dan Patrick on Monday appeared to…

Bill to ban texting while driving clears Senate

00 Legislation that would create a statewide texting while driving ban overcame a last-ditch attempt in the Senate on Friday to gut the bill. The bill’s author, state Rep. Tom Craddick,…

House delays vote on bill Patrick calls crucial to preventing special session

00 A controversial property tax bill may not get a House vote for a few more days, as the legislative clock winds down and the lieutenant governor’s threats of a…

Senate budget writers approve bill to plug two-year-old funding holes

00 The Texas Senate Finance Committee has voted to spend about $800 million in state funds to cover a Medicaid shortfall in the current two-year budget. Source: Texas Tribune…

After waiting 3 days to see dead son, grieving mom hopes to change Texas law

00 Currently, parents need permission from a justice of the peace or medical examiner to see their deceased child if his or her death occurs outside a hospital or health…

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PRESS RELEASE: Sales Tax Holiday for Water-Efficient, ENERGY STAR® Products Set for May 27-29

00 Contact:Lauren WillisChris BryanEmail Us 512-463-4070Comptroller.Texas.Gov 1-800-531-5441ext. 3-4070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2017 Sales Tax Holiday for Water-Efficient, ENERGY STAR® ProductsSet for May 27-29 (AUSTIN) — Texas families can…

Analysis: Patrick takes hostages — and control of legislative session

00 Amid rumors of a special session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick put out a short list of bills he wants the House to pass if he’s going to let the Senate advance…

Patrick threatens to force special session over tax, bathroom bills

00 With deadlines looming, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday threatened to push for a special legislative session to pass a bill to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans and…