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Texas Senate attaches voucher plan to school finance fix

May 23, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate voted Monday to attach a modest voucher plan to a sweeping, bipartisan school finance bill that already cleared the House — potentially dooming an effort to pump an extra $1.6 billion into classrooms and begin overhauling the troubled way the state pays for public education.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — May 22, 2017

May 23, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith’s 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the playground with his large group of friends.…

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Texas House OKs requiring seat belts on new school buses

May 19, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — More Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.

The state House approved legislation 91-43 on Thursday requiring new school buses, 2018 models and newer, to have safety belts. The Senate approved a similar measure last month.

Supporters say seat belts cost around $7,000 on new buses costing around $100,000 total.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — May 18, 2017

May 19, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — More Texas children could soon have seat belts on the buses they ride to school.

The state House approved legislation 91-43 on Thursday to require new school buses, 2018 models and newer, to have safety belts. The Senate passed a similar measure last month.

Supporters say seat belts cost around $7,000 on new buses costing around $100,000 total.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — May 15, 2017

May 16, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is asking the federal government to reverse course and provide funding for a state-run women’s health program that excludes abortion providers, an apparent test of the Trump administration that could provide a model for other conservative states.

Since 2011, Texas has chosen to forgo millions in federal Medicare dollars rather than let abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood participate in a statewide program that provides birth control, pregnancy testing and health screenings for low-income women.…

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Arrington Votes ‘Yay’ on Thursday’s Healthcare Measure

May 4, 2017

With one of his campaign cornerstones related to the repeal and replacement of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — also commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” — freshman Dist. 19 Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) was one of 217 House members to vote on the opening steps of removing the controversial on Thursday afternoon.…

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House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago.

Beaten but unbowed, Democrats insisted Republicans will pay at election time for repealing major provisions of the law.…

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Texas Capital Highlights — May 3, 2017

May 4, 2017

AUSTIN (AP)  — Texas legislators who support a convention of states to rewrite the U.S. Constitution are at odds over whether to jail delegates who “go rogue” and impose unwanted changes at the longshot gathering.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to bypass Congress and limit Washington’s power via a federal balanced budget amendment and term limits.…

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Texas Legislature Passes Ban on So-Called ‘Sanctuary Cities’

May 4, 2017

Local Law Leaders Say Gaines Co., Seminole Not ‘Sanctuaries’ for Illegals; To Conduct ‘Business as Usual’

  AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Legislature on Wednesday passed a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities and jurisdictions,” and allows police officers to ask about a person’s immigration status and threatens sheriffs and police chiefs with jail time if they don’t work with federal authorities.…

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GOP revives struggling health care bill and plans House vote

May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew.

House leaders planned a vote Thursday on the legislation, revamped since collapsing in March to attract most hard line conservatives and some GOP centrists.…

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