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The bill defines the protected information to include “one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of the individual,” in addition to location or identification numbers, but does not define what information meets that criteria. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Texas Legislature considering bill to make it harder to get public information about government employees

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would restrict state agencies from sharing salary data and other typically public information about government employees with the public in a bill that experts

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Senate Bill 7 — a Republican priority — would make changes to almost the entire voting process, taking particular aim at narrowing the latitude local officials have to control voting. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Here's how Texas elections would change, and become more restrictive, under the bill Texas Republicans are pushing

Like Republicans across the country, Texas lawmakers are pushing to enact sweeping changes to state voting laws, including new restrictions on how and when voters can cast ballots.

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A masked server drops off food at a table at Perla's in South Austin on March 12, 2021. Experts caution that a major increase in cases could still come and it may still be too early to tell whether Abbott’s decisions to lift the statewide mask mandate and allow businesses to fully reopen could prompt a new wave of infections. Credit: Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

Texas coronavirus cases haven't surged since Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask order. Experts warn it's too soon to celebrate.

More than a month has passed since Gov. Greg Abbott ended virtually all statewide restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over the Senate session on March 20. On Tuesday, the upper chamber passed a two-year state budget, but several questions remain about expected federal aid. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Texas Senate approves a $250 billion state budget — but questions remain about how federal aid will be used

The Texas Senate unanimously signed off on a two-year, $250 billion state budget Tuesday, though there are still questions about how tens of billions of dollars in expected fed

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Like other proposals under consideration at the Texas Capitol, many of the restrictions in Senate Bill 7 would target initiatives championed in Harris County to make it easier for more voters to participate in elections. Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

Texas Senate advances bill limiting how and when voters can cast ballots, receive mail-in voting applications

Senate Republicans cleared the way Thursday for new, sweeping restrictions to voting in Texas that take particular aim at forbidding local efforts meant to widen access.

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The City of San Marcos provided three San Marcos C.I.S.D. school buses as warming centers for residents needing shelter from the cold in February. Lawmakers are trying to prevent another power grid failure like the one that occurred during last month's deadly winter storm. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Texas lawmakers want to prevent another power crisis. But the legislation doesn't go far enough to do that, critics say.

Both the Texas Senate and House have written bills that attempt to prevent another massive power failure in extreme temperatures.

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These abortion-related measures are among the earliest bills to be debated by the full Senate. Credit: Stephen Spillman for The Texas Tribune

Bills restricting abortion, including one that bans procedure as early as six weeks, gets Texas Senate OK

The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved five bills restricting access to abortion, including a priority measure that could ban abortions before many women know they are pregnant.


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