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Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to  increase access to Pre-K education is one step away from becoming law. The legislation is one of the items listed by Abbott during his State of the State address at the beginning of the session.

The House bill sponsored by New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell would establish a high-quality Pre-K program, which was one of Governor Abbott’s campaign promises and stressed as a legislative priority at the start of the session.

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Members of the Texas Senate have unanimously approved a bill that legalizes marijuana oil for medicinal purposes.  

For those who interpret it to mean that Texas has legalized marijuana, Tyler Republican Sen. Kevin Eltife said he faced similar challenges educating fellow lawmakers on what exactly is cannabidiol or CBD oil. “It’s very low in THC, it has no intoxicating effect, it has no street value, but the oil itself is so good for children with intractable epilepsy. It’s been proven to slow down seizures,” Eltife explained.


AUSTIN — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is publicly getting behind a religious objections bill that is moving fast after the U.S. Supreme Court heard historic arguments over gay marriage.

Abbott tweeted Wednesday that he hopes to receive a Republican-backed measure that would allow clergy members to refuse officiating marriages that violate their beliefs. That Abbott supports the bill isn’t surprising. But it marks the first time he has publicly backed one of a number of proposals that opponents consider anti-gay.

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Even as the Texas House has signed off on a related measure that would require public employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for female salaried employees that need to breastfeed, a similar move in the Texas Senate to extend accommodations available to hourly workers under federal law to salaried people like schoolteachers, has met with resistance from at least two Republican senators — state Sens. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Donna Campbell of New Braunfels — who say it expands the role of government. 
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AUSTIN — Abortion is again seizing the spotlight at the Texas Capitol — but largely only in small doses that haven’t drawn the kind of heated debate and high emotion that dominated last session.

The House heard minimal discussion Wednesday before voting to mandate that abortion clinic personnel undergo training to prevent human and sex trafficking. The idea is that workers will better be able to spot it if any of their patients became pregnant after being forced into the sex trade.