Everything You Need To Know About Voting In Texas

May 12, 2017
Emily Albracht / Texas Tribune

The legislative session may be winding down, but Texas election season is heating up.

As lawmakers return to their districts after the session adjourns on May 29, candidates will be preparing for 2018 elections amid an ongoing controversy surrounding the state’s 2011 voter identification law (which was found to be intentionally discriminatory — again).

Border City, County Sue Texas Over 'Sanctuary' Law

May 9, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune


Senate Bill 4 has drawn its first lawsuit.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, Maverick County and the city of El Cenizo sued the state of Texas on Monday, claiming that SB 4 has failed to properly define a “sanctuary city,” and that the city and county — both on the border with Mexico — have kept their residents safe by choosing to operate as sanctuaries since 1999.

5 Things You Need To Know About Texas' 'Sanctuary Cities' Ban

May 9, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune


After months of grueling public testimony, House and Senate warfare and protests across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law banning "sanctuary cities" in Texas on Sunday night and he did it live on Facebook with no advance notice.

Here are five things you should know about Senate Bill 4 and how it will affect Texas' undocumented immigrants and local authorities.

1. What does Senate Bill 4 do, and what are the consequences for not following it?

'Bathroom Bill' In House Misses Key Deadline — But Issue Stays Alive

May 9, 2017
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune


A proposal to gut cities and school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies did not advance in the House ahead of a crucial deadline, nixing the measure's chances of getting a vote by the full chamber. But that doesn't mean that the issue itself is dead.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill Into Law

May 8, 2017
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune


Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a ban on "sanctuary cities" into law on Sunday, putting the final touch on legislation that would also allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.