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Texas GOP's voting restriction bill passes House

A GOP-led voting bill cleared the Texas House early Friday morning, following hours of debate that began the day before. Daily Record file photo

Texas GOP’s voting restriction bill passes House

AUSTIN, (AP) — Texas has become the latest Republican-dominated state to advance sweeping new limits on voting, despite no evidence of any problems with last year’s vote and a coalition of state and federal officials calling the 2020 presidential election the most secure in history.

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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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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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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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