Hundreds of new state laws will go into effect Friday, including a statewide ban on texting while driving and lower fees for handgun licenses.
With five days left in the special session, legislation finally began reaching Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk on Friday
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus had their first one-on-one meeting in months Monday afternoon.
The Texas House and Senate are taking different approaches to the governor’s agenda and could be headed for another standoff on the “bathroom bill.”
In an overnight vote, the Senate approved a measure that prohibits local and state government agencies from contracting with abortion providers and their affiliates.
After overruling objections from Democrats, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick referred the bills to committee, which promptly – an unanimously – approved them.
Top State leaders have remained silent on whether they’ll provide more resources for sex-trafficking victims or more funding for the child welfare system.
The Texas Tribune asked Texas leaders closest to the sex trafficking issue how they would begin addressing the problem. Here’s what they said.
Texas only has one specialized treatment center that can care for up to 20 of the state’s estimated 80,000 child sex trafficking victims at any given time.
The first time Yvette ran away from her home in San Antonio, she was 15. An older relative in the house had been molesting her since she was a child.