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The Blanco Vista neighborhood of San Marcos was blanketed with several inches of snow in February as a massive winter weather system caused power outages across Texas. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

How the Texas Legislature could change the state's power grid this session

State lawmakers are close to passing sweeping legislation to overhaul the state’s power grid following the disastrous and deadly winter storm in February that left more than 4.8 million homes and b

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Lisa Chumley of Dallas received a bill of over $11,000 from Griddy for less of a week of electricity during the winter storm. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Texas Legislature approves bill to ban residential wholesale electricity plans — the first major winter storm bill sent to the governor

With just over two weeks remaining in the legislative session, the governor’s office is getting the first key bill that Texas House and Senate lawmakers have passed in response to

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Customers formed a long line for groceries outside of Fiesta on Stassney Lane in Southeast Austin in February. A bill that the House advanced limits the governor's emergency powers during a pandemic. An amendment that would have banned statewide or local mask mandates narrowly failed. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Texas governor’s emergency powers during pandemics would be curbed under bill advanced in House

The Texas House has approved a sweeping bill that would reform the governor’s emergency powers during a pandemic and involve the Legislature during such instances.

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Austin has been the only city in Texas that has actually reduced its police funding since the latest protests over police brutality. Credit: Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune

Texas’ larger cities would face financial penalties for cutting police budgets under bill approved by House

The Texas House on Friday passed a bill to financially penalize the state’s largest cities if they cut their police budgets. The measure was sent to the Senate after two days of heated debate and emotional speeches, with the bill authors calling to “back the blue” and the opposition decrying the bill as political propaganda.

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State Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, flanked by his Republican colleagues, answered questions regarding Senate Bill 7 on May 6, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed doors after final House passage

As opposition to Texas Republicans’ proposed voting restrictions continues to intensify, state lawmakers’ deliberati

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Two gun rights activists argue with a state trooper who will not allow them to enter an overflow room due to COVID-related restrictions at the Capitol on April 29, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Permitless carry of a handgun in Texas nearly law, after Senate OKs bill

The Republican-led effort to allow Texans to carry handguns without any kind of license cleared what is likely its biggest remaining hurdle in the Capitol on Wednesday, when the Texas Senate moved

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A member of the House gallery listens to legislators speak during a debate on an abortion bill being considered on the House floor on May 5, 2021. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Fetal “heartbeat” bill, that could ban abortions at six weeks, nears passage in the Legislature

Texas lawmakers are poised to enact sweeping restrictions on access to abortions, prohibiting the procedure before many women know they are pregnant, and opening the door for a potential flood of l


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