Charles Schwertner

Abortion rights demonstrators rally outside of the State Capitol to protest recent legislation that could shut down all but five clinics and restrict abortion rights throughout the state in Austin, Texas on Monday, July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)

Texas Governor Inks Dismemberment Abortion, Sale of Body Parts Ban

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Tuesday which not only bans dismemberment abortion in the state; it prohibits the purchase or sale of baby body parts. The law also requires that aborted remains be disposed of in a humane and respectful way.

Five-Year Plan

Texas Agency Hopes to ‘Raise Bar’ on Preventing Child Abuse

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announced a new strategic plan to “raise the bar” in preventing child abuse in the Lone Star State. The goal is to move from a plan based primarily on investigation-based efforts to an overall effort to strengthen families.

Sen Charles Schwertner

Texas Senate Investigates Planned Parenthood over Sales of Aborted Baby Body Parts

The Texas Senate Health and Human Services committee began their investigation on aborted baby body part sales and questioned witnesses at the state Capitol for over four hours on Wednesday. The committee met to examine the business practices and regulatory structure of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, and to investigate whether state or federal laws were broken with regard to the donation and/or sale of fetal tissue.

Sen Larry Taylor

Texas Senate Bill Would Ban Abortion Coverage in Private Insurance Plans

The Texas State Senate has voted in favor a bill that would ban insurance coverage for abortion. The ban applies to private health insurance plans, including qualified plans offered through health benefit exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

Vaccine Refusals

A Glut of Texas ‘Pro-Vax’ Bills Threaten Vaccination Exemptions

Pro-vaccination legislative fever is sweeping the nation faster than the recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks combined. Texas is no exception. A glut of proposed mandatory inoculation bills are moving through the 84th Legislative session. These are bills that would threaten existing vaccination exemptions.

Texas Capitol, Austin, Texas

Conservatives Cheer Texas Senate’s Passage of Franchise Tax Reform

The Texas Senate has passed a package of bills that include substantial reforms to the state’s franchise tax, a tax on a business’ gross margins. Conservatives are cheering the news, and turning a hopeful eye toward the House, where the fate of these reforms now rests.

Charles Schwertner

Texas State Senator Critical of Big Business’ Opposition to Tax Relief Bill

AUSTIN, Texas — State Senator Dr. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) sent an open letter on Tuesday to a group of business associations, challenging their opposition to SB 8, the Small Business Tax Relief Act. The bill was filed by Schwertner filed in February. The letter acknowledges the contribution that big businesses make to the Texas economy, but accuses them of neglecting the state’s small businesses in favor of protecting the interests of powerful big businesses.

Texas Capitol

Texas Open Carry & Campus Carry Bills Pass Committee

After a long day of debate and passionate public testimony from both sides, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee has voted to recommend that the Texas Senate pass both SB 11, the “campus carry” bill, and SB 17, the “open carry” bill. Both bills now head to the full Texas Senate for consideration. The vote came just before 6:00 pm Central Time on Thursday.