Texas Politics

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May 18, 2017 - 12:02 am
(Austin/KJCE) Uber and Lyft could be back on their way to Austin, after the Legislature passed a bill creating a new statewide framework for regulating ride-share companies. The Texas Senate passed House Bill 100 by a 21-9 vote on its third and final reading Wednesday; the bill now heads to...
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May 15, 2017 - 7:14 am
(Austin/KJCE) After nearly two months of waiting, a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving is back before lawmakers today. House Bill 62 was originally passed by the House in March; today it goes before the Senate Affairs Committee who will decide if the bill gets a floor vote. HB 62 would...
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May 07, 2017 - 6:54 pm
(Austin/KJCE) Governor Abbott signed the state's "sanctuary cities" ban into law Sunday evening. The new law bans cities, counties, and universities from prohibiting their local officers from asking questions about immigration status and enforcing immigration laws. Abbott, in a live video shared on...
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May 06, 2017 - 3:50 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The option to vote a straight ticket in Texas voting booths could disappear, if a bill passed by the Texas House becomes law. The House approved House Bill 25 in an 88-57 vote Saturday. Texas is one of just 10 states that currently allow voters to cast a straight-ticket ballot. It...
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May 03, 2017 - 8:59 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The Texas Legislature gave its final approval to the so-called "sanctuary cities" ban Wednesday. The Senate voted 20-11 to accept the House's version of Senate Bill 4. The legislation aims to ban sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas and allows police to inquire about the immigration...
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April 27, 2017 - 8:10 am
(Austin/KJCE) The Texas House is one step closer to passing its own version of the "sanctuary cities" bill. The 93-54 vote on second reading, just before 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning, broke along party lines. The chamber will take its third and final vote Thursday. Related Coverage: Texas House set...
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April 10, 2017 - 5:59 pm
(Austin/KJCE) For the second time, Texas' voter ID law has been ruled to have been intentionally crafted to discriminate against minorities. The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos comes following a 2016 ruling by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that the law...
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April 07, 2017 - 6:44 am
(Austin/KJCE) The Texas House has passed a $218 billion budget for the 2017-19 biennium. The chamber spent more than 15 hours of debate and worked through more than 400 amendments on the way to passage. The final vote was 131-16. The House plan takes $2.5 billion from the state's "Rainy Day" fund...
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March 28, 2017 - 8:49 am
(Austin/KJCE) The Texas Senate gave a tentative approval Monday to legislation that would once again revamp the state's voter identification rules - fixing problems cited by court rulings against the current law. The 21-10 vote on Senate Bill 5 sends the legislation on to a final vote in the Senate...
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March 23, 2017 - 8:43 pm
(Austin/KJCE) The groups suing the State of Texas over its 2011 political maps are asking a federal court to block their usage ahead of the November 2018 election cycle. The request comes only two weeks after a three judge panel in San Antonio ruled that lawmakers discriminated against Latino and...
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