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January 8, 2018
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. <Read more>
August 16, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott called the 85th Texas Legislature back for a special session that began July 18 and concluded Aug. 15. Lawmakers were initially asked to pass legislation needed to keep five state agencies in operation and then to address a longer list of proposals for everything from restroom regulations to local tree ordinances. <Read more>
August 15, 2017
The Texas Legislature closed out the special session Tuesday night amid a stalemate on property tax reform, leaving unfinished Gov. Greg Abbott's top priority. <Read more>
June 14, 2017
Dozens of cities and towns in Texas have ordinances aimed at protecting trees. During the special legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to change that. <Read more>
May 21, 2017
Lawmakers, scrounging for cash in a tight-fisted legislative session, agreed to dip into the state’s savings account and to make use of an accounting trick using funds set aside last session for highway projects. <Read more>
May 17, 2017
Chances of House, Senate agreement on property taxes appear slim. The two chambers are at odds over when and how voters should get a shot at vetoing the property tax rates that cities, counties and special taxing districts want to adopt. <Read more>
May 5, 2017
The Texas House shot down House Bill 2861, a measure that would’ve allowed the Texas Department of Transportation to use tolls to fund the construction, renovation or widening of several highways.
February 28, 2017
Real Estate Councils of Texas members were in Austin for Commercial Real Estate Lobby Day, meeting with Representatives Morgan Meyer, District 108, and Representative Linda Koop, District 102. <See photos>
February 23, 2017
In both courthouses and at the Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm's claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary. <Read more>
January 10, 2017
The Texas Tribune's photographers were on hand at the state Capitol on Tuesday to capture scenes from the opening day of the 85th Legislative Session. <See photos>