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May 26, 2017 - 7:14 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The war between the Texas House, Texas Senate, and potentially Governor Greg Abbott over the so-called "bathroom bill" continues as the 85th Texas Legislature gets into its final weekend of the regular session - and a war of words broke out Friday night at the Capitol. Speaking to the...
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May 25, 2017 - 11:42 am
(Austin/KJCE) The two largest ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, will relaunch their services in Austin on Monday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign House Bill 100 into law on Monday. The measure creates a statewide framework for regulating ride-hailing companies - and, more...
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May 25, 2017 - 7:10 am
(Austin/KJCE) A flurry of activity on education reforms at the Capitol Wednesday stretched into early Thursday morning, with a mixed result. House Bill 21, which would overhaul portions of the state's school finance system, is likely dead after the House and Senate refuse to compromise on...
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May 24, 2017 - 6:27 am
(Austin/KJCE) Republicans in the Texas Senate passed a revival of the so-called "bathroom bill" overnight, but that's likely where the effort will end. Around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, the Senate voted 21-10 to attach a version of Senate Bill 6 on to House Bill 4180 - an unrelated bill dealing with...
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May 23, 2017 - 7:47 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The Texas House has given its approval on second reading to an overhaul of the state's legally-challenged voter ID law. Senate Bill 5 passed the House by a 95-54 vote on second reading Tuesday night, following a contentious session of debate. House Democrats proposed a number of...
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May 23, 2017 - 7:55 am
(Austin/KJCE) It's do-or-die time for changes to the state's voter ID rules in the Texas House. Today is the last day for the House to take up Senate bills for a second reading. Senate Bill 5, which would permanently impose rules similar to the court-imposed ones used during the 2016 general...
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May 21, 2017 - 9:27 pm
(Austin/KJCE) As the 85th Texas Legislature inches closer to adjourning sine die on May 29, the House passed legislation Sunday night to set out new restrictions for the state's public and charter schools relating to bathrooms and transgender students. Sunday night, the House amended Senate Bill...
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May 21, 2017 - 8:51 am
(Austin/KJCE) Straight-ticket voting could become a thing of the past in Texas in time for the 2020 general election. House Bill 25 prohibits voters from choosing a party's full slate of candidates with one single ballot marking. The Texas House passed the bill in early May by an 88-57 vote; the...
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May 19, 2017 - 4:06 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The Texas Senate gave approval Friday afternoon to a statewide ban on texting-while driving, putting the measure one step closer to becoming law. House Bill 62 passed the Senate by a 23-8 vote on both second and third reading. The ban covers reading or sending electronic messages from...
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May 19, 2017 - 8:18 am
(Austin/KJCE) Austin City Council voted Thursday evening to approve legal action against the state and Senate Bill 4. SB 4, the so-called "sanctuary cities" ban, was signed by Governor Abbott earlier this month. The new law is set to go into effect on September 1, requiring local governments and...
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