Texas lawmakers debate 'Bentley's Law' to deter drunk driving
State lawmakers are debating whether drunk drivers who kill someone's parent should have to pay child support to their family. The proposal is called "Bentley's Law."
Texas bill would require body cameras for every prison guard in state
If passed the bill would make body cameras, like what law enforcement officers wear, mandatory for the state's 20,000 prison guards.
Bill eliminating tampon, diaper sales taxes OK’d by Texas House
The proposal removes sales tax on diapers, baby wipes and bottles; feminine hygiene products, including tampons, sanitary napkins and menstrual cups; maternity clothing; and products for pumping breast milk.
Texas Senate committee passes bills that would restrict drag shows
If passed, the laws would go into effect in September 2023.
Are election-integrity bills needed in Texas?
The Travis County Republican Party is calling on volunteers to testify or submit testimony to the Texas legislature regarding their concerns with election integrity.
Texas: The Issue Is – State Rep. Matt Schaefer on reorganizing Operation Lone Star
Operation Lone Star is entering its third year and people are wondering how this mission can continue as it is. State Rep. Matt Schaefer talks with FOX 7 Austin's Rudy Koski about HB 20 and how he hopes to reorganize the mission.
Families of those lost to gun violence call for action at 5th annual March for Our Lives rally
Parents and young advocates are fighting for Senate Bill 145, a bill to raise the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon.
Texans testify before Senate committee on frustrations over illegal border crossings
Texans who live along the southern border testified before the Senate Committee on Border Security to say illegal border crossings are out of control.
Vanessa Guillen family speaks out after death of Fort Hood soldier Pvt. Ana Basaldua Ruiz
Mayra Guillen says they were making progress with Fort Hood in the past couple of years. But just last week, Fort Hood officials said another Latina solider was found dead on post.
Texas lawmakers debating legislation on drag shows
State lawmakers are debating two bills that concern drag shows which would classify them as "sexually oriented performances" and prohibit public libraries who host drag performers from receiving state funding.
Proposed mandatory 10 years for gun crime draws warning at Texas Capitol
There was significant push-back on Thursday at the state capitol against a proposed law mandating 10 years in prison for those convicted of gun-related crimes.
Texas lawmakers take on rising health care costs with HB 711
Rep. James Frank drafted the bill in an effort to open up the health care marketplace by eliminating anti-competitive clauses in health insurance contracts.
Child sex abuse survivors protest Texas bill that would change statute of limitations in cases
House Bill 4601 would change the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases.
School voucher debate gets underway at Texas Capitol
Most of the bills are expected to eventually be sent to the full senate for consideration.
Two education rallies held outside State Capitol
It was an education centered day for the Texas legislature as two rallies were held outside the State Capitol.
Texas Senate bill aims to increase criminal penalties for catalytic converter thieves
Senate Bill 432 would make it a state jail felony for anyone who is found in possession of a stolen catalytic converter. So even if a thief isn't caught in the act, there would still be consequences. The bill does have protections for special circumstances.
Texas lawmakers debate bill to make damaging, disconnecting GPS monitor a crime
Under current law it is only a technical violation, not a crime, to tamper with an ankle monitor.
Conservative, liberal groups testify at State Capitol over controversial legislation
Texans on all sides of the political spectrum are making their voices heard when it comes to controversial legislation that has been filed this session.
State legislators propose additional changes to improve Texas power grid
State legislators are proposing more changes to Texas's power grid, two years after Winter Storm Uri caused widespread outages. Doug Lewin, president of Stoic Energy, joins FOX 7 Austin's John Krinjak to discuss.
Former President Donald Trump’s first 2024 campaign rally will be in Waco
In his third consecutive bid for the White House, the former president hopes “Trump Country” supporters in Texas will turn out next Saturday.