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The Brief: Houston joins the legal fight against Texas' new immigration law

Protesters against Senate Bill 4, the state's new immigration law, marched at the Texas Capitol on May 29. 
<p>Protesters against Senate Bill 4, the state's new immigration law, marched at the Texas Capitol on May 29.&nbsp;</p>

Texas’ largest four cities are now backing the legal fight against the new immigration enforcement law, with the city of Houston — the largest in the state — joining the table and adding its name to a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4 yesterday. 

From left: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are shown on May 21, 2015.
<p>From left: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are shown on May 21, 2015.</p>

The Brief: Bills fall under Abbott's veto pen

Wedged between the end of the regular 85th legislative session and a fast approaching special session, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed 50 bills Thursday — the most a governor has issued since 2007 — while also signing multiple high-profile bills lawmakers sent to his desk earlier this year.

Gov. Greg Abbott's bill-signing pens. This set was used to sign several bills reforming the Dept. of Child and Family Services and Child Protective Services in a ceremony with state legislators on May 31, 2017.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott's bill-signing pens. This set was used to sign several bills reforming the Dept. of Child and Family Services and Child Protective Services in a ceremony with state legislators on May 31, 2017.</p>

The Brief: You have your next state budget, Texas

Two weeks after the Texas Legislature adjourned from its 85th regular session, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state's 2018-19 budget — a $217 billion document state lawmakers agreed on last month — but vetoed around $120 million in funding for various programs.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs several bills reforming Child Protective Services in a ceremony with state legislators at the Department of Family and Protective Services headquarters on&nbsp;May 31, 2017.
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott signs several bills reforming Child Protective Services in a ceremony with state legislators at the Department of Family and Protective Services headquarters on&nbsp;May 31, 2017.</p>

The Brief: The Legislature went after ethics reform this session. Did they do enough?

Lawmakers passed broad reforms this year that would increase transparency and conduct among their own ranks. But watchdog groups say they didn't go far enough.

Gov. Greg Abbott looks on as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (left) and House Speaker Joe Straus shake hands at the Capitol on May 27, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>Gov. Greg Abbott looks on as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (left) and House Speaker Joe Straus shake hands at the Capitol on May 27, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

The Brief: Abbott to sign emergency child welfare bills

A couple days after the Texas Legislature gaveled out of its regular session, Gov. Greg Abbott is set to sign a handful of legislation aimed at overhauling the state's embattled child welfare system.

Members of the clergy and others supporting LGBT rights gather outside the Texas House chamber May 3, 2017 to show support for the community affected by "bathroom bill" legislation pending at the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;
<p>Members of the clergy and others supporting LGBT rights gather outside the Texas House chamber May 3, 2017 to show support for the community affected by "bathroom bill" legislation pending at the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;</p>

The Brief: A late-night blow to Texas "bathroom bill" compromise

Inching toward the legislative finish line and with the possibility of a special session looming in the distance, the Texas Legislature had another busy Tuesday.  

Former FBI Director James Comey (l.) was fired by President Trump on May 9, 2017.
<p>Former FBI Director James Comey (l.) was fired by President Trump on May 9, 2017.</p>

The Brief: What Texans in Congress are saying about latest Trump reports

A series of political revelations about President Donald Trump and recently ousted FBI Director James Comey faced lawmakers as they returned to the U.S. Capitol. Here's what some members of the Texas delegation have said so far. 

A handful of tourists hang around outside the Texas Capitol on May 11, 2017 as the House faces a midnight deadline that will ultimately end in the death of scores of bills in the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;
<p>A handful of tourists hang around outside the Texas Capitol on May 11, 2017 as the House faces a midnight deadline that will ultimately end in the death of scores of bills in the 85th Legislature.&nbsp;</p>

The Brief: Three issues to watch today as key deadlines loom

Lawmakers in the House have one week to tentatively pass Senate Bills out of the lower chamber. Time is running out for the 85th Texas legislative session. There are a few key issues we're watching today — here's what to look out for.

Longtime State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, appears exasperated by Liberty Caucus attempts to disrupt normal House business by challenges to the Local and Consent calendar during the session May 11, 2017. &nbsp;Thompson is the chairman of the committee.&nbsp;
<p>Longtime State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, appears exasperated by Liberty Caucus attempts to disrupt normal House business by challenges to the Local and Consent calendar during the session May 11, 2017. &nbsp;Thompson is the chairman of the committee.&nbsp;</p>

The Brief: Get ready for a legislative bloodbath in the Texas House

As the Texas House rounded the corner and raced toward a key deadline Thursday night, conservative House lawmakers announced they were killing more than 100 bills.

House Speaker Joe Straus gavels the vote on an amendment to HB 100 on April 19, 2017. The bill is being debated with several amendments that would regulate ride-hailing services with uniform regulations statewide.&nbsp;
<p>House Speaker Joe Straus gavels the vote on an amendment to HB 100 on April 19, 2017. The bill is being debated with several amendments that would regulate ride-hailing services with uniform regulations statewide.&nbsp;</p>

The Brief: It's doomsday for a lot of House bills today

It's countdown time. Thursday is the last day that House-originated legislation can receive tentative approval in the lower chamber. Here's what you need to know.