Latest Texas State Legislature News

The Latest: Another Democrat enters 2020 Texas Senate race

Jul. 22, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Democrats jumping into big 2020 races in Texas (all times local): 11 a.m. A longtime Texas Democratic lawmaker is joining the growing field of U.S. Senate challengers against Republican incumbent John Cornyn. State Sen. Royce West launched his campaign Monday during a...

Houston Democrat joins US Senate race against GOP's Cornyn

Jul. 18, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston city councilwoman says she's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Amanda Edwards launched her campaign Thursday with a video in which she appeals to people who have been told to wait their turn...

GOP Sen. Cornyn reports $9M on hand for re-election bid

Jul. 15, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says he's now sitting on $9 million for his re-election bid that's likely to be among the closest-watched Senate races of 2020. Cornyn announced Monday he raised more than $2.5 million during the latest fundraising quarter. Air Force veteran MJ...

New Texas hemp law causing problems with marijuana cases

Jul. 3, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A new law that legalized hemp in Texas is creating a haze of confusion for authorities as most crime labs around the state can't do the testing to tell the difference between the cannabis plant and its illegal cousin, marijuana. Officials say the problem will likely cost millions of dollars...

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Jul. 2, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers: Austin American-Statesman. June 28, 2019. Nearly 250 years after our country was founded, America still grapples with seemingly straight-forward questions: Who counts? And do our voices count equally? The U.S Supreme Court, mirroring the deep divisions...

Texas sending another 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Jun. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will send another 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border while accusing Congress of failing to take action on the growing humanitarian crisis. The governor said at an afternoon press conference among...

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

Jun. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative...

Texas governor signs bill targeting rape kit backlog

Jun. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure into law on Tuesday that aims to eliminate the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in Texas. Abbott's approval comes as states across the country are using legislation to bolster testing requirements and attempt to clear their own...

Texas governor gives failed elections nominee new job

May. 31, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' former elections chief who resigned ahead of being forced out of office this week over wrongly questioning the U.S. citizenship of scores of voters is returning to a job under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his office told a newspaper Friday. The Dallas Morning News reported that...

Correction: Texas-Gun Storage Fight story

May. 28, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a story May 27 about Texas lawmakers moving to set up a safe gun storage campaign, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the money was added to the state budget plan in the final days of the legislative session. The $1 million had been agreed to by House and Senate budget...