Texas Politics

June 02, 2017 - 7:05 am
(Austin/KJCE) A new lawsuit has been filed against the state's new immigration enforcement law. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, filed suit Thursday on behalf of a San Antonio city councilman and three non-profits. The city of Austin is expected to file a motion...
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Office Of The Governor
May 31, 2017 - 11:58 am
(Austin/KJCE) Governor Greg Abbott signed four bills into law Wednesday morning - new laws which, lawmakers hope, will help resolve a broken Child Protective Services system. Abbott signed House Bills 4, 5, and 7, as well as Senate Bill 11 into law. CPS reforms were one of Abbott's emergency items...
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Dreamstime
May 29, 2017 - 9:15 pm
(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The final day of Texas' legislative session sparked a brief moment of chaos when a protest in the public gallery of the state Capitol by opponents of the state's new anti-sanctuary cities law spilled into the House chamber. Activists wearing red T-shirts interrupted lawmakers on...
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May 29, 2017 - 3:58 pm
(Austin/KJCE) Protestors, a fight between elected lawmakers, and anything but lawmaking made up the last hours of the 85th Legislature's regular session at the Capitol on Monday. Proceedings in the House were disrupted by hundreds of protestors against Senate Bill 4, the already-passed "sanctuary...
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Dreamstime
May 29, 2017 - 11:04 am
(Austin/KJCE) The regular session of the 85th Legislature may come to an end today, but the suspense over whether a special session will be called will apparently continue. At a bill-signing ceremony for House Bill 100 this morning, Governor Greg Abbott was asked about the possibility of a special...
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May 29, 2017 - 10:34 am
(Austin/KJCE) The two largest ride-hailing apps in the country, Uber and Lyft, are on their way back to Austin. Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 100 into law just after 10:00 a.m. Monday morning, ending a "patchwork quilt" of local regulations and establishing a statewide framework for...
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May 28, 2017 - 9:57 pm
(Austin/KJCE) Texas is taking another crack at overhauling the state's voter ID law, after the House and Senate both approved a compromise Sunday to send the bill to the governor. Senate Bill 5, which passed the House Sunday by a 92-56 vote, codifies much of the court-imposed changes that were made...
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May 28, 2017 - 4:04 pm
(Austin/KJCE) Will we end up with a special session of the 85th Texas Legislature? Only Greg Abbott knows, but all signs appear likely. The Texas House and Senate spent part of Sunday afternoon fighting with each other, over the chambers' disagreements over the so-called bathroom bill and a measure...
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Dreamstime
May 27, 2017 - 6:13 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The only bill constitutionally required to be passed by the Legislature has been given its blessing. A $217 billion budget, approved Saturday afternoon by a 135-14 vote in the House and a 30-1 vote in the Senate, provides state funding for the next two years. The budget compromise...
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May 26, 2017 - 8:05 pm
(Austin/KJCE) Lower license fees for carrying a handgun in the state are on their way, after Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 16 into law Friday. The bill reduces the first-time license fee from $140 to $40; it also reduces the renewal fee, due every 5 years, from $70 down to $40. The bill...
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