Special Session: What’s Left To Handle

With the clock ticking — one day to go in the special legislative session — eight of the 20 items on Gov. Greg Abbott’s ambitious agenda had reached his desk Tuesday evening. Abbott has signed bills keeping alive state agencies, combating mail-in ballot...

Comptroller Hegar finds $196 Million in General Revenue

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Tuesday delivered some welcome news to weary state lawmakers: Their coffers should be richer than he previously anticipated. Citing an improving economic outlook, Hegar now projects the Legislature left more than $237 million in...

Texas Laws Coming On September 1st

On September 1, new laws go into effect in Texas, ranging from a texting-while-driving ban to the open-carry of swords. Here are some of the laws we’ve tracked through the Texas Capitol. Texting while driving ban Texas becomes the 47th state in the U.S. to...

Special Session Topics

Gov. Greg Abbott called the 85th Texas Legislature back for a special session beginning July 18, initially to pass legislation needed to keep five state agencies in operation, and then to address a longer list of proposals for everything from restroom regulations to...

Building Bills: The Farm Bill

In a dusty warehouse that looks like a set from the movie “Footloose,” Brian May pulled wool out of a bail and held it up for an audience that included several members of Congress. “She would use this in her haute couture line, not DKNY, the suiting...

Why Texas Property Taxes Are Not Changing

Voters don’t like property taxes. State lawmakers like voters and want them to be happy. But they are not going to lower your property taxes. As they enter the second half of their 30-day special session, Texas legislators are trying to limit increases in a tax they...