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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.

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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.

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Texas Senate Republicans Cheer Passage of Campus Carry Bill

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has officially passed SB 11, the “campus carry” legislation that would expand the state’s concealed handgun license (CHL) rights to allow CHL holders to also carry their guns into certain buildings on Texas’ public colleges and universities. The bill passed its third and final reading on Thursday in the Senate, a move that was cheered by Senate Republicans, who are hopeful that their colleagues in the House will pass the bill as well.

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Texas Senate Considering Bill That Could Financially Kill Public-Sector Unions

A bill filed by Texas State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) could prove to be the financial death penalty for many public sector labor unions across the state. The bill, SB 1968, was filed at the very end of the bill filing period for this Legislative Session last Friday, and would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public sector unions.

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Texas Senate Takes Step Towards Approving Concealed Campus Carry

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Senate, along a party-line vote, gave preliminary approval to the “Campus Carry Bill” which would allow people with a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a concealed handgun on public campuses of colleges and universities. The bill withstood a five hour floor debate and then more than two-dozen amendments. The preliminary vote came with a 20-11 vote.

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Texas Senate One Step Closer to Passing Open Carry

The Texas Senate passed the “open carry” bill, SB 17, on second reading Monday evening after about three and a half hours of debate. The vote was on partisan lines, with the 20 Republican Senators voting in favor of the bill, and the 11 Democrats voting against it. The bill still needs to go to third reading before it will be deemed officially passed by the Senate.

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150K Texas Students Trapped in Over 200 Failing Schools, says Lt. Governor

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick opened a press conference on education by saying that nearly 150,000 students were trapped in over two hundred schools that were failing their students and parents. His remarks came at the beginning of a conference that featured members of the Senate Education Committees and other Texas State Senators with education bills.

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Leader of Anti-Gun Group May Have Lied During Texas Senate Testimony

The leader of a pro-gun control group made several statements that were easily proven to be false during her testimony before the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee last Thursday, when she joined hundreds of other members of the public who came to the Texas Capitol to share their opinions about two bills under consideration by the committee, SB 11, the “campus carry” bill, and SB 17, the “open carry” bill. As Breitbart Texas reported, both bills passed the committee and are headed to the Senate for consideration.

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Sen. Perry Files Bills to Respond to Needs of Rural District

Texas State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) announced this week that he had filed several bills for consideration during this legislative session that were in response to feedback he had received from constituents in his district, a mostly rural area containing Lubbock and San Angelo. The new bills are the latest among the ones that Perry has filed to address specific needs of his district.

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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.

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Patrick Seeks $12 Million to Keep Texas National Guard At Border

In a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced that he is seeking $12 million to continue the border surge of Texas National Guard troops through May. They are currently scheduled to leave next month, and

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Op-Ed: Texas Republican Senators, You have a Mandate to Drive!

With the election of a new Texas governor and lieutenant governor who didn’t run to the mushy middle to get elected, conservative Republican legislators were given a mandate – the proverbial keys to the governance car, and when Texas voters hand you the keys, you’d better drive!

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Lt. Gov. Patrick Appoints Texas Senate Committee Chairs

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) released the appointments of fourteen Senate Committee assignments. The appointments include twelve Republican chairmanships and two Democrat chairmanships. Patrick campaigned on reducing the number of Democrats as committee chairs. The announcement of committee assignments was released by the Lt. Governor’s office on Friday afternoon.

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Texas Senate Tosses ‘Two Thirds’ Rule, Paving Way for Conservative Agenda

On Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted on mostly partisan lines to throw out a nearly 70 year old rule that made it easier for Democrats to block bills in the Republican controlled chamber. Under the “Two-Thirds Rule,” bills could not be brought up for debate without the votes of two-thirds of the Senators, or 21 out of the 31 Senators. Republicans currently have a 20 to 11 majority, leaving them still needing the vote of at least one Democrat to advance legislation.

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Texas Senate to Feds: Secure the Border and Pay Up

Texas State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) filed a resolution to express the 84th Texas Legislature’s dissatisfaction with the federal government for failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Wendy Davis Attacks Konni Burton’s Boots as ‘Kitschy’

AUSTIN, Texas — State Senator Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) made headlines last week for wearing custom-made boots with a “Stand for Life” logo when she was sworn into office, and her Democrat predecessor, Wendy Davis, was unable to resist firing some parting shots at her, calling the boots “a kitschy statement” and attacking Burton’s commitment to protecting Texans’ constitutional rights.

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Texas Democrat State Rep. Attacks Dan Patrick in New Ad

The new ad from State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (R-San Antonio) in his quest to succeed State Senator Leticia Van de Putte touts Fischer’s prowess “fighting” with Republicans and ends with a promise that “some fights you can’t back down from — Dan Patrick’s gonna learn that.”

Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas