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Alex Samuels is a political reporter for The Texas Tribune.

“It’s like they’re frightened to talk to me”: Texas campaign workers of color face...

While campaigning for a City Council hopeful earlier this year, Arash Farasat was assigned to knock on doors in an affluent Dallas...

Gov. Greg Abbott signs several school safety bills in wake of shooting at Santa...

Capping off a yearslong effort to prevent another school shooting like the Santa Fe High tragedy, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a series of bills...

Texas Expansion of Medical Cannabis Nears Finish Line After Senate Approval

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical...

Texas Senate passes bill to give more teachers access to guns in classrooms

Ray Dunn, CEO of On the Mark Enhanced Tactical Training, teaches a gun training class for educators in Harrold ISD. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The...

Texas medical marijuana expansion gains steam in Senate, even after prior stonewalling

Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, is sponsoring a medical marijuana bill. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune Even as the Senate stonewalls a handful of bills aimed...

Texas farmers could begin growing hemp under legislation gaining steam in both chambers

Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune Wednesday at the Texas Capitol was hump day — or hemp day, state Sen. Charles Perry joked before the upper chamber...

Texas House passes bill to prohibit telemarketers from falsifying caller ID

House Bill 1992 would prohibit tampering with information transmitted to people’s caller IDs to disguise a caller's identity. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune The Texas House...

Texas House passes second, more limited bill expanding access to medical cannabis

State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, on the House floor on May 6, 2019. Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune Four years after state Rep. Stephanie Klick authored...

Texas House passes bill to vastly expand access to medical cannabis

Michael Rubin, Director at Compassionate Cultivation, a home-grown medical cannabis company serving patients throughout Texas. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune The Texas House on...

Texas House passes bill that reduces penalties for Texans caught with small amounts of...

The vote was lauded as a win by those eager for the state to take its first major step toward loosening its staunch marijuana...

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