Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas House Republicans are fighting among themselves over abortion language contained within a major, omnibus health care reform bill - a clash that has delayed the measure and could even ultimately derail it as a special legislative session runs short on time.
AUSTIN, Texas - Sending or reading text messages while driving would be outlawed in Texas under a bill passed by legislature and headed for Gov. Rick Perry's desk.
AUSTIN, Texas - The House has voted to slash Texas public school funding by $4 billion.
NewsChannel 10 AMARILLO---Keeping a gun with your belongings, even when you are at work could soon be legal in Texas. The Texas house and senate just passed their final versions of a bill which allows
The Justice Department is warning Texas about "dire consequences" if it passes a law classifying airport pat downs as sexual harassment.
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Texas state senator Dan Patrick of Houston is exploring a run for the U.S. Senate.
AUSTIN, TEXAS - From public safety to education, we now have a clearer picture of what state budget cuts will look like.
AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a measure that requires Texans to show photo identification before voting.
A bill to protect athletes from concussion, authored by Representative Four Price of Amarillo, is headed to the governor's desk.
AUSTIN, Texas — House and Senate negotiators on Thursday approved a $172 billion Texas budget for the next two years.
A school finance bill needed to balance the proposed state budget collapsed in the Texas House late last night.
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry will be holding a formal signing ceremony for a law that requires doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion.
A bill that would ban the chemical hallucinogens in bath salts has made its way to Governor Rick Perry's desk.
Texas drivers could soon be putting the pedal to the metal...legally.
A final vote is expected today in the Texas House on a plan that would offer property owners tax breaks for water conservation.
Senator Kel Seliger of Amarillo says legislators probably will not finish congressional redistricting before the end of this session.
Now that a budget deal has been worked out between negotiators at the Texas Capitol, the House must pass a school finance plan to pay for the four-billion dollar cut to the education system.
Daycare workers would need parental permission to give medicine to a child under a measure passed by the Texas Legislature.
The Texas House voted late Thursday to strip state funding to all hospitals and clinics that perform abortions or even abortion-related services.
Governor Rick Perry has signed into law a requirement that doctors conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texans who want to catch catfish using only their bare hands would be able to do so legally under legislation approved by the state Senate.
A bill authored by local Attorney Jeff Blackburn has passed the Texas Senate.
A bill that would allow a remote low-level radioactive waste site in West Texas to bury material from dozens of states has been approved by the Texas House.
Borger, Texas - A push to bring better health care to rural areas is now being made possible through a new law in Texas.
AUSTIN, TEXAS - Late Monday night leaders of the Texas House and Senate announced they've reached an agreement on almost every part of the state budget.
Austin, TX - The Texas Legislature is grappling with a $27-Billion dollar deficit. Educators and healthcare workers are waiting to see exactly how much will be cut from the budget and how that will affect them.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas legislature has sent to the governor a measure requiring legal permanent U.S. residents to provide additional proof they are impoverished before qualifying for state indigent care services.
Telling a "fish story" in Texas could soon land you behind bars.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Legislature has passed a bill that would close a loophole in state law and require Internet businesses to collect sales tax.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House passed a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.
AUSTIN, Texas — With some lawmakers actually crowing for emphasis, the Texas House has approved a measure to toughen punishments for activities related to cockfighting.
Planned Parenthood says it is prepared to fight against what they're calling an attack by the Texas Legislature.
AUSTIN, Texas — Payday loan providers would be required to post the terms, interest rates and fees for their services under a bill approved by Texas lawmakers.
Texas schools may soon be forced to rid their lunch menus and vending machines of all trans fat food products.
A pre-abortion bill is just one signature away from going into law.
Texas lawmakers want schools to develop protocol for identifying and overseeing concussions sustained by student athletes.
Dog owners in Texas may soon face prison time if their animal attacks and kills someone.
DNA Testing has released hundreds of wrongfully convicted prisoners and if Governor Perry signs a new bill into law, DNA could also help exonerate men who have been paying child support for children who are not theirs.
Time is winding down at the state capitol for Texas lawmakers to pass a balanced budget.
The Texas House approved a bill Tuesday that will hold dog owners accountable for injuries or death their dog may cause.
AMARILLO, TEXAS - Justin Johnson grew up playing basketball at the North Branch YMCA. "They kept me from doing dumb stuff, they kept me off the streets."
The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a tax break for Texans who want to buy yachts.
Being pat down at a Texas airport could be a criminal matter under a bill gaining momentum in the state legislature.
The two state agencies that handle juvenile criminals would be consolidated under an overhaul approved by the Texas House.
College freshmen and transfer students at Texas universities will now be required to get vaccinated against bacterial meningitis.
AUSTIN, Texas - English would become the official language in Texas and all official functions would have to be in English, under a law approved by the House State Affairs Committee.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House is reviewing operations at the Texas Department of Transportation and debating possible changes to the agency.
Congressman Mac Thornberry says progress is being made in congress to deal with America's oil dependency and rising gas prices.
AUSTIN, Texas — The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety wants to take the concealed part out of concealed handgun licenses.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Senate has passed a bill that would allow Texas schools to prohibit bullying, both in person and online.
Many Texas businesses could soon be getting a major tax break.
Legislation that could give harsher punishment to those convicted of abuse towards children, elderly and the disabled is one step closer to becoming law.
The Texas house is tackling an education bill today that would expand the cap on class size.
Lawmakers in Austin could take away horse racing licenses from operators who aren't using them.
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is taking a step toward a presidential bid in 2012 by setting up a committee to help him test the waters for a possible run.
A looming loss of representation for Panhandle residents in Austin has started.
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AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas Senate committee has voted to require school districts to prohibit bullying in schools.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would regulate the already-limited ability of governments to seize property using the power of eminent domain.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans are proposing to throw some of their newest tea-party backed members overboard, but a redistricting plan released Wednesday would retain much of their strength in the heavily GOP state House.
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is taking a dim view of efforts to raise more money for the strapped Texas budget.
AUSTIN, Texas — Republicans are using their biggest majority ever in the Texas House to promote their conservative vision: government slashed to the bone, more curbs on abortion, far less money for birth control and new ID requirements for voters.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House is taking up a bill that would limit the ability of governments to seize property using the power of eminent domain.
AUSTIN, Texas — A deal on the federal budget would remove the strings attached to $883 million in stimulus funds for Texas.
Texas could soon have the highest speed limit in the nation.
AUSTIN, Texas — A bill to allow concealed handguns in Texas college classrooms failed its first big test.
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas House committee has approved a bill that would require commercial cat and dog breeders to register with the state and apply for a license.
AMARILLO, TX - Parents in the area are preparing for the worst when it comes to their children's future. That future could depend on decisions made in Austin.
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved a bill that would increase sales tax collection on Internet transactions.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has voted to give priority for Texas Grants financial aid to top-performing students.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas hunters could soon be able to book trips on helicopters to shoot wild hogs and coyotes under a plan approved by lawmakers Monday that would dramatically expand the state's strict rules on aerial hunting.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas House approved a bare-bones state budget late Sunday, making massive cuts to public education and health care programs for the poor, but promising to keep working to improve the $164.5 billion spending package.
Austin, Texas - Lawmakers are battling it out in Austin right now... Trying to agree on a finalized state budget.
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House has begun debating sweeping cuts to the state budget, including a rare reduction in public education funding.
AUSTIN, Texas — A state-sanctioned committee gave Texas a failing grade for its highway system, and warned congestion is only going to get worse.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Education and business leaders urged the Texas Legislature to move forward with new accountability standards.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has voted to ban the production, sale and possession of several new forms of synthetic marijuana.
Elise Preston NewsChannel 10 AMARILLO---Kindergarten and first grade are two of the most commonly repeated grades for Texas children. Some area administrators are fighting to keep a state program they
Those convicted of abuse against children, the elderly and disabled could be behind bars longer.
Texas must comply with the 2009 Military and Overseas Voting Empowerment Act. The law, known as MOVE, requires states to provide ballots to military personnel at least 45 days before an election
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says spending on public education can be maintained and even increased in the next two-year budget.
AMARILLO, TX - Texting while lawmaking could soon be illegal in Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House today gave final passage to a bill requiring residents to show photo identification before voting.
AUSTIN, Texas — State lawmakers are considering legislation that would require unemployed Texans to pass a drug test before collecting jobless benefits.
Austin, TX - Some state lawmakers are trying to eliminate invasive pat-downs at Texas airports.
Texas lawmakers say abusing animals can lead to hurting people.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas House committee has approved legislation opposing elements of the sweeping federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama last year.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A proposed Texas law would give businesses owned by disabled veterans a boost when it comes to winning state contracts.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House debated contentious legislation Monday aimed at requiring voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers are considering a fundamental change to the make-up of the Texas Railroad Commission.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The $128 million school system for state inmates could be replaced with online programs to save money.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants the Senate to turn over every rock to find $5 billion in new revenue.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation to oppose federal health care mandates in Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas — Police in Texas would have to adopt written policies for conducting live and photo identification lineups of criminal suspects under a bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday that seeks to avoid wrongful convictions.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has given initial approval for a "Choose Life" license plate as a measure to discourage abortion and raise money to promote adoption.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has voted to allow Texans to keep firearms or ammunition in their cars while they are at work.
AUSTIN, Texas — More than a thousand teachers are protesting at the state Capitol against more than $10 billion in proposed cuts to public education.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Law enforcement officers are becoming frontline social workers in a state where mental health funding has always been inadequate.
Amarillo, Texas - The possibility of allowing Sunday liquor sales is causing quite an uproar in the Texas Legislature. The bill filed by State Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston, would remove the Sunday liquor sale ban.
AUSTIN, Texas — Democratic lawmakers denounced the latest version of the state budget, saying it would close 50 percent of the state's nursing homes. Those closures would leave 43,700 without a facility to live in.
AMARILLO, TX - A possible decision in Austin could soon change many verdicts in the courtroom.
Austin TX - A controversial new bill is under consideration in Austin.
Lawmakers are working to help better protect Texas children while they are in the classroom.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House began debating a bill on Wednesday that would require doctors to perform a sonogram before providing an abortion.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A state representative from Houston has filed a bill that would make it a state jail felony to knowingly hire an illegal immigrant -- unless the person is a domestic worker.
Austin TX - (AP) Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson, chief judge of the state's high court, is calling on the Texas Legislature to provide more funding for poor defendants who can't afford to hire a lawyer.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A state House committee is set to debate legislation that would require doctors to perform sonograms on women considering abortion.
AUSTIN, Texas — Layoffs have begun at the Texas Education Agency as legislators face a projected $15 billion shortfall in the next two-year budget.
Texas budget troubles are now affecting textbooks as the state says there is no money to buy new ones.
HOUSTON — Lobbyists, opponents and casino owners believe Texas' massive budget crisis could give proposals to legalize gambling their best chance in years for approval.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas police chiefs and sheriffs visited the Capitol to decry potential Arizona-type legislation that would require them to enforce federal immigration law.
Amarillo, Texas - State representative Four Price of Amarillo is in now a member of two House committees.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has passed a bill to give property owners more protections when the government wants to take their land.
The debate over whether babies born to illegal immigrants should have the right to be U.S. citizens may soon heat up in the Texas legislature.
AUSTIN, Texas — A proposed law that would require doctors to show women a sonogram of their fetus before performing an abortion will be modified to give the woman greater control over what she sees and hear, the bill's main author said Tuesday.
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry declared Tuesday that there are "no sacred cows" in the strapped Texas budget, but he found a few hallowed programs that came close: the ones he uses to reward companies that expand or relocate to Texas.
Students at Texas colleges and universities will soon be expanding their knowledge of money management.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - One notable Texan quietly left the state before the ice and rolling blackouts wreaked havoc: Gov. Rick Perry.
AMARILLO, TX - Nearly 249 million dollars could be slashed from early education programs in Texas.
Amarillo, TX - You may soon have to have a state issued photo ID with you in order to cast a ballot in the state of Texas.
Amarillo, TX - It may soon be required to carry a photo ID to vote, if legislation passed in the Texas Senate also passes in the House.
AUSTIN — Texas Republican leaders have scored their first major legislative victory of the 2011 session with Senate passage of a bill requiring most residents to present photo identification before being allowed to vote.
AUSTIN (AP) - A key Texas Democrat concedes the Legislature is sure to pass a Republican-backed voter identification bill.
AMARILLO, TX - Cutting services may be the future for the Texas Panhandle Poison Center.
Amarillo, Texas - Randall County is taking a stand against unfunded mandates from the State of Texas.
AMARILLO, TEXAS - A new Texas bill is supposed to crack down on a common crime, but some say it just provides false hope for victims.
AMARILLO, TX - Governor Rick Perry declares a proposed sonogram bill, an emergency issue for Texas.
Borger, TX - One local college will weather the latest round of budget cuts, despite fears it would lose all state funding.
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has declared an emergency issue of efforts to require a woman considering an abortion to first have a sonogram.
AMARILLO,TX - A proposed budget cut could wipe out nearly a third of the Medicaid funding designated for nursing home type facilities.
AUSTIN, TEXAS - While almost every state agency is facing big cuts, Texas has a rainy day saving account with almost $9 billion in it.
AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry wants to fast-track legislation tightening voter identification laws and another measure aimed at restricting federal spending.
BORGER, TEXAS - Depending on who you ask, an area community college may be closing down because of Texas's budget crisis.
AMARILLO, TEXAS - Tony Collins is mostly an A student at West Texas A and M. In addition to working, he pays for school through financial aid and without that: "I wouldn't be going to college.
The Final Report of the 2009-2010 TCCRI State Budget Task Force
Austin, Texas - Texas House budget writers released the first draft of the budget Tuesday evening. The first draft details how cutting state jobs will help close the budget gap.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the oath office for an unprecedented third full term on Tuesday, saying historians will call this the "Texas Century."
Austin, Texas - The next Texas budget process has just begun, but the possible outcome of a revenue shortfall between $15 billion and $27 billion will become much clearer this week as the first version of the budget is released.
AUSTIN, Texas — How bad is the budget crisis in Texas? Ask the Republicans who run the state, and they'll tell you it's in the eye of the beholder.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is using state bodyguards on an as-needed basis after he says "credible threats" were documented in December.
NewsChannel 10 asked, and viewers like you answered on Facebook in record time. We wanted to know what state programs you thought could be cut to make up for about a $25 Billion budget shortfall.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Thursday that the first draft of the new budget will eliminate an estimated 8,000 state jobs and not raise taxes.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature opened its 2011 session Tuesday with a blast of conservative chest-beating, a fizzled leadership challenge and a gigantic budget shortfall that could change state government as the people have come to know it.