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A Planned Parenthood examination room in Austin on Jan. 14, 2020. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

Texas can ban common abortion procedure in second trimester, appeals court rules

Texas can limit access to the most common procedure used to end a pregnancy in the second trimester, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, in a decision likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Gov. Greg Abbott holds a border security briefing with sheriffs from border communities at the Texas Capitol on July 10, 2021. Credit: Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session starting Saturday, covering elections, federal COVID-19 funding, quorum rules

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the second special legislative session will begin at noon Saturday — and with an expanded agenda.

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Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, center left, and Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, joined at left by Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, welcome Democratic members of the Texas legislature at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The lawmakers left Austin hoping to deprive the Texas Legislature of a quorum — the minimum number of representatives who have to be present for the body to operate, as they try to kill a Republican bill making it harder to vote in the Lone Star State. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Texas Democrats dig in after exodus; GOP threatens arrest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats who hurriedly took off to Washington to block sweeping new election laws urged Congress on Tuesday to quickly pass legislation protecting voting rights, while R

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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