Agenda Texas

Agenda Texas: Breaking Down the Budget Battle

This week on Agenda Texas, an interview with The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey about what’s holding up passage of the state budget. (here’s a hint…it’s tax cuts)

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Moving Bills From the Senate to the House

While it may have been spring break for some in Texas, state lawmakers actually put their heads down and went to work, with the first week bills could be debated and voted on in House and Senate chambers. KUT’s Agenda Texas has a look at the big bills to pass, and how relations between the…

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The First 60 Days of the Texas Legislative Session

Friday March 13th is 60th day of the 84th Texas Legislative session. That milestone marks a few important deadlines for lawmakers. It’s the final day to file a bill for the session. And, it means the House and Senate can start passing bills, which should pick up the pace of work in both chambers. On this…

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What Happened Before and After Texas’s 1st Legal Gay Marriage

You may have already heard about the marriage of Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant. But do you know what happened in the hour before that ceremony and the hours that followed? Let’s spend a few minutes explaining what happened, and maybe more importantly, what happens next.

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Border Security and the Battle Lines in Austin

A debate over how much to fund border security, and what to do with that money, highlighted differences in the Texas House and Senate this week. Agenda Texas is KUT’s weekly report on the Texas Legislative session. Each week we’ll take a deeper look into the policies being considered and explain what they could mean…

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Agenda Texas: Bills, Guns and Committees are Coming

Agenda Texas is KUT’s weekly report on the Texas Legislative session. Each week we’ll take a deeper look into the policies being considered and explain what they could mean for you and your life. From transportation to education to the environment and everything in between.

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State Contract Kerfuffle and Anti-Muslim Protesters

It was supposed to be a fairly quiet week at the Legislature. Then a small but loud group of anti-Islamic protesters came to the Texas Capitol to make noise during the Muslim lobby day. It was the 7th session in a row that Muslim groups from across the state came to Austin. Only this time,…

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How to Follow the Texas Budget Debate

Two weeks down in the 84th Texas Legislature. This one was filled with the pomp of inauguration day…and the curious circumstance of the Texas Senate’s rules for bringing up a bill. But today, I thought we’d talk about the state budget!

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The Texas Legislature Says Goodbye to Two Longtime Leaders

Lawmakers from across the state have returned to Austin for the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. The beginning marked the end, at least for now, of two long political careers. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Governor Rick Perry.

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