AUSTIN (KXAN) - A new cast of lawmakers will gather in Austin this week for the 83rd Texas Legislature. But they bring with them a familiar agenda that includes taxes, education, health care, abortion, guns and even groping.
Republicans retain control of the House, the Senate and the governor's mansion, so they will set the agenda. Democrats, as in years past, will try persuasive arguments, fiery debates and parliamentary maneuvers to try and shape the bills that will end up on Gov. Rick Perry's desk.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus have promised a more conservative session.
The one piece of legislation that must pass every session is the state budget. Comptroller Susan Combs will declare Monday how much money lawmakers have available to spend.
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The Austin Parks Department board will vote on a new design for Auditorium Shores that expands a proposed off leash dog park area by one acre.
Two school buses crashed Tuesday morning in South Austin but none of the children on board were hurt, officials said.
On Tuesday, Capital Metro will roll out it's new MetroRapid fleet and run multiple tests gearing up for its January 2014 debut.
An 8-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Democrats say they finally hold a statewide office again in Texas — thanks to a Republican who's switching sides.
Leander ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Their latest demographic report shows a shift in the type of families moving into the district.