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As U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports a surge in enforcement encounters, some members of Congress are urging President Biden to reinstate the national emergency previously instituted by former President Trump.

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Medicaid expansion has been rejected by the Texas legislature every session since Obamacare’s inception. This session, Speaker Dade Phelan said any related discussion would have to center on a “revenue neutral” starting point.

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School boards have the power to decide their own COVID-19 protocols, including whether to mandate masks, according to new TEA guidelines.

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In light of February’s winter storm and subsequent blackouts, citizens and legislators are questioning the impact the proposed high-speed rail system between Dallas and Houston could have on the Texas power ://

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Facing pressure to adjust market-cleared prices during the Texas blackouts, the PUC declined to remedy its earlier decision that created $16 billion in overcharges for electricity.

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Joint authored by 15 senators, a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution would require the state legislature to approve any renewal to a disaster declaration covering a large portion or the entire Lone Star State.

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Though former President Trump completed more than 450 miles of his promised border wall system, President Biden stopped construction on day one of his administration. Now, a state lawmaker is proposing that Texas finish the job on the state's border.

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Despite a historic enrollment drop, the state will keep schools steadily funded through this school year. The announcement comes on the heels of predictions that K-12 and higher education will both cling to hybrid instruction even after the pandemic.

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Less than one-half of one percent of convictions in Texas ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to robbery were committed by adults with a valid License to Carry who are 21 years or older.

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Less than one-half of one percent of convictions in Texas ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to robbery were committed by adults with a valid License to Carry who are 21 years or older.

A total of 23 candidates, including 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, filed to run for the special election in Texas’ Sixth Congressional District which was left vacant after the death of Republican Congressman Ron Wright in February.

Rep. Scott Sanford has authored a bill that would require nursing homes to allow daily visits by family members designated as essential caregivers in an effort to ensure residents do not suffer in isolation as they did for months in 2020.

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Rep. Dustin Burrows filed House Bill 3 to create new guidelines for a pandemic response that codifies the approach Gov. Abbott took to COVID-19, prompting criticism from some conservatives. Here’s a look at the debate and what’s in the bill.

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While President Biden expressed optimism about vaccines, he condemned Texas’ decision to pare back coronavirus rules, saying “the last thing we need is neanderthal thinking[.]”

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Two days after DeAnn Walker resigned her position as chair of the PUC, Gov. Abbott appointed former aide and current commissioner Arthur D'Andrea to fill the vacancy.

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A new report from a court-appointed monitoring group says Harris County misdemeanor bail reforms are helping reduce the jail population and use of cash bail. Although the group acknowledges spikes in violent crime, it says those increases are unrelated.

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When Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Texans will soon be allowed to make their own decisions about COVID-19 precautions, Beto O'Rourke said, “Add them to the 44,000+ killed as [Abbott] failed to confront the pandemic & botched the vaccine rollout[.]"

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that after challenge from Save Austin Now the Austin City Council's proposed language for the homeless camping ban proposition was written too broadly, and must revise it. Austin voters will see the question on their May ballots.

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Authored by Rep. Bryan Slaton, the bill would most obviously grant protection to Confederate statues that have been targeted for removal around the capitol, though he also made sure to include the Alamo Cenotaph.

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On this day 185 years ago at Washington-on-the-Brazos, 44 Texian delegates to the Convention of 1836 signed their names to the Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Read their names and declaration ⬇️

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