A bill that would restrict transgender student-athletes from playing on school sports teams that align with their gender identity is heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk after the Texas House accepted Senate amendments to the legislation in a 76-61 vote Sunday afternoon.
The redistricting maps now go to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. However, Democrats believe it's unfair to minority voters and expect a court battle.
Critics of the legislation, including transgender advocates, say it unfairly targets transgender children and puts them and cisgender children at risk for being discriminated against.
Gov Abbott's order strongly recommends vaccines but says it should be a voluntary decision. A group of doctors called the Committee to Protect Health Care say it’s an order that doesn’t protect and puts political posturing before people.
A new bill filed in the State Senate aims to require companies to provide an exemption for people who don't want a vaccine for reasons as simple as someone's "conscience." Medical professionals argued that vaccines work and can keep workers safe. Supporters of the bill argued mandates are a form of "discrimination."
The Texas House approved legislation on Thursday that would restrict transgender student-athlete participation in school sports, clearing a notable hurdle for supporters of the measure after similar legislation sailed through the Senate and stalled in the House three times prior this year.
The decision Thursday night keeps the law known as Senate Bill 8 in place as the Justice Department tries halting the law.
Former Dallas State Senator Don Huffines, in an anti-LGBTQ+ statement, is taking ownership in getting the page taken down. He’s also going further, calling for an employee involved in its posting to be fired.
The Texas House approved its proposal for state representation for the next ten years. It solidifies the Republican majority, adding districts with white voter majorities. But at least one North Texas Democrat secured a minor victory for his party in Dallas County.
The Dallas Regional Chamber distanced itself from the governor, saying businesses should make their own decisions. The Texas Hospital Association president said in a statement that the time is now to set politics aside.
Law enforcement leaders say they are trying to get ahead of another large group of migrants headed to the Texas border. One Texas sheriff is warning of another massive influx of Haitian migrants like the thousands that gathered underneath the city's international bridge last month.
“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in his order.
Allen West, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, said that he has received monoclonal antibody injections after being diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.
A federal appeals court is temporarily allowing the nation’s toughest abortion law to resume in Texas.
In a 113-page opinion, Judge Pitman took Texas to task over the law, saying Republican lawmakers had "contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme" by leaving enforcement solely in the hands of private citizens. Some North Texas providers have already begun providing expanded abortions.
House Bill 25 would require Texas students to play on the team that corresponds to the sex listed on the player's birth certificate.
Leaders across the state have shared their thoughts after the shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington Wednesday morning that left four people injured.
Democrats criticized Republicans for “targeting” a North Texas district that had been trending Democratic and for not drawing any new districts where people of color would represent a majority of eligible voters.
A federal judge is hearing arguments Friday over whether Texas can leave in place the nation's most restrictive abortion law.
The U.S. sued Texas after the Biden administration vowed to oppose Texas’ new near-total abortion ban. The lawsuit joins several legal challenges already in progress.