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"The topic of gun violence can be so divisive that people don’t want to have these conversations.”

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“Property taxes are the most vilified thing that our state government does.”

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Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill that legally protects Texas pastors who don’t want to perform same-sex marriages. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports some ministers say this is a protection ministers already have.

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Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a handful of bills that provide record-level spending on a state-led effort to provide more security along the Texas-Mexico border.   Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports.  


Abbott Signs Bill that Tackles Ammonium Nitrate Storage

Jun 9, 2015

Texas will now require facilities that hold ammonium nitrate to meet new requirements, in a move legislators believe will prevent events like the deadly explosion in the city of West 2 years ago. 


Skyrocketing appraisal rates in some of the state’s most populated counties may result in homeowners actually paying more this year, despite efforts by the Legislature.  Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe has more on the story.



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After years of failed attempts, the Texas Legislature has passed a bill that will allow Texans with a concealed carry permit to bring their handgun onto public college campuses. KUT’s Ben Philpott reports.


The end of the legislative session is less than a week away and lawmakers are moving quickly to keep bills they support alive.  TPR’s Ryan Poppe reports that Tuesday was a frenzied day as legislators waded through pages of parliamentary delay tactics tagged for some of the more controversial bills.

Legislative Look Ahead

May 26, 2015

There's just one week in the current Texas legislative session. KUT's Ben Philpott has this guide to what's coming up as lawmakers rush to complete their work.