In Tuesday's Capital Tonight, we look at where the bigger budget picture stands. Plus, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples gives his take on whether water needs are being addressed.
5/22/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
According to the measure, officials would screen the applicants to see whether they might abuse drugs. If there's reasonable suspicion, the Texas Workforce Commission could order a drug test.
5/22/2013 - By: YNN Staff
While lawmakers in the House and Senate worked overtime passing legislation Monday, some of the big stories of the day actually took place outside the chambers. In Monday's show, we took a closer look at major changes made to CSCOPE and explored a contentious UT Regents confirmation hearing.
5/20/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
Voters' Voices: It was a chance to celebrate music and dance, but it was also an opportunity to reflect on the state of the Hispanic vote in the United States. Sunday, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center celebrated a milestone.
9/10/2012 - By: Sebastian Robertson
Students in Texas may soon be required to quench their thirst with healthier options. A bill to ban the distribution of sugary drinks at public elementary and middle schools is on its way to the Governor's desk. Soda is already barred from being sold to students in the cafeteria and vending machines, but as YNN's LeAnn Wallace reports, this bill would go a step further.
5/21/2013 - By: LeAnn Wallace
In a 24-6 vote on Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill intended to help the state's youngest students develop nutritious drinking habits. It would allow schools to sell only water, low-fat milk and pure juice.
5/21/2013 - By: Associated Press
After encountering opposition on the floor of the Texas Senate Monday, Democratic Sen. Juan Hinojosa of McAllen withdrew his proposal to crack down on the slaughter of sharks for their fins. It had already cleared the House.
5/20/2013 - By: Associated Press
In Friday's episode: Our Reporter Roundtable sorts through the details of what could be the final budget deal; Sen. Carlos Uresti talks about the need for transportation funding, especially in areas affected by the oil in gas boom; and the acting director of the IRS faces tough questioning in a Washington, DC hearing.
5/17/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
After going back and forth all week, the state's top budget writers have come up with a compromise. And at the adamant request of Democrats, the new budget lays the groundwork for $3.9 billion for education.
5/17/2013 - By: LeAnn Wallace
The battle over a final budget plan continued Thursday night, Governor Perry signed the first major bill of the session into law and our Capital Commentators weigh in on the possibility of a special session.
5/16/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
Lawmakers are close to a final deal on the budget, but transportation funding is still up in the air; a key legislative group celebrates its 40th birthday, along with some new poll numbers; and Sen. John Cornyn weighs in on two scandals plaguing the Obama administration.
5/15/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
The country's oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, is turning 40 years old. Coincidentally, the MALC’s birthday came the same day a new poll was release, showing the path to a Democratic Texas is through Latino voters.
5/15/2013 - By: Karina Kling
As immigration talks continue in Washington, Sen. John Cornyn is weighing in on his requirements for a comprehensive reform bill. He spoke to Capital Tonight's Paul Brown about what he hopes the final reform package will look like.
5/15/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
The guns-on-campus debate was back at the State Capitol Tuesday. The House passed the measure last week, but the argument over whether concealed handguns should be allowed on college campuses shifted to the Senate's criminal justice committee.
5/15/2013 - By: LeAnn Wallace
The House and Senate have overcome a major hurdle in budget negotiations at the State Capitol; State Comptroller Susan Combs talks about how the budget is adding up; and bills dealing with with criminal justice and guns on campus get the go-ahead.
5/14/2013 - By: Capital Tonight Staff
Texas Lawmakers celebrated a success in the efforts to combat wrongful convictions in Texas. Bearing the name of the Texas man exonerated after 24 years in prison, the Michael Morton Act hopes to bring transparency to the criminal justice system. YNN's Sebastian Robertson spoke to the bill's authors.
5/14/2013 - By: Sebastian Robertson