Gov. Greg Abbott has set a special session of the Texas Legislature starting July 8, his office announced Tuesday. Abbott’s office did not specify what legislative priorities will be included on the special session agenda and said in an advisory that such items “will be announced prior to the convening of the special session.”
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Brazoria County received a multimillion-dollar federal rental assistance grant and as of Monday morning, people can apply through the county to receive rental assistance, and in substantial amounts if they qualify.
AUSTIN — Texas families who relied on the Pandemic EBT card, which previously provided a one-time benefit of $285 for students receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for another round of food aid for the 2021-22 school year.
AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature closed out its regular 140-day session Monday with sniping among the state’s top political leaders and lawmakers already well aware they will be back this calendar year for an overtime round.
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Wednesday is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Texas Legislature in June to advance three pieces of GOP-backed legislation that died in the Texas House at midnight Tuesday.
A police pursuit that started in Lake Jackson ended in Freeport with the driver of the SUV being pursued dead in the vehicle after it came to a stop, authorities said.
AUSTIN — With only a few hours until the final deadline for passing Senate bills in the Texas House, Democrats were pulling out all the stops Tuesday to keep the body from considering GOP-backed legislation they oppose.
The legislative session that ends in a week is just the first chapter for this batch of state lawmakers; the list of things to do when they come back later this year is growing.
AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature is on the verge of approving a new law that would require some public schools and universities to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in prominent places inside all campus buildings.
AUSTIN — The Texas House and Senate reached a compromise on a bill to allow the permitless carrying of handguns, the top negotiators said Friday, moving it even closer to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for a likely signature.
With time dwindling on the legislative session, the Texas House is breaking until Sunday in an attempt to send the Senate a clear message: Pass our priority bills or see your own legislation die slowly in our chamber.
The rainfall event in Southern Brazoria County is a good reminder of the upcoming hurricane season, National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Cady said.
Here we are, with two weeks to go in the regular legislative session, and many of the big things that appeared on the to-do list back in January remain unfinished.
AUSTIN — The $300-per-week federal unemployment assistance Congress approved earlier this year will stop flowing to jobless Texans next month after Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday the state is opting out of the benefit.
Texas lawmakers’ attempts to reform how — and whether — criminal defendants get out of jail while awaiting trial is likely headed for a closed-door showdown over the different legislative approaches the House and Senate each devised.
AUSTIN — Legislation that would ban abortions after as early as six weeks — before many women know they are pregnant — and let virtually any private citizen sue abortion providers and others was given final approval by lawmakers Thursday and is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has signaled he…
AUSTIN — With just over two weeks remaining in the legislative session, the governor’s office is getting the first key bill that Texas House and Senate lawmakers have passed in response to February’s widespread power outages.
AUSTIN — Alcohol to go is now law in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed a bill to permanently allow Texans to include alcohol in take-out orders from restaurants, achieving a shared goal of Abbott and restaurateurs.
AUSTIN — The Texas House on Wednesday rejected changes the Senate made to a Republican-backed proposal to allow Texans to carry handguns without a license, sending the bill behind closed doors for further negotiations.
ANGLETON — COVID-19 has been largely eradicated in local prisons with only one inmate actively battling the respiratory virus, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Within days of the first COVID-19 vaccines going to people aged 12-15 years old — and the end of the traditional school year — infection numbers in Southern Brazoria County school districts are under double-digits.
Big changes are coming to Brazosport ISD’s COVID-19 protocols when summer school begins. That’s the end of at-home learning and lifting the mask requirement — beginning June 1, masks are optional for both students and staff.
AUSTIN — The Republican-led effort to allow Texans to carry handguns without any kind of license cleared what is likely its biggest remaining hurdle in the Capitol on Wednesday when the Texas Senate moved in a nail-biter vote to bring the measure to the floor and then gave it preliminary approval.
After a weekend of not reporting new COVID-19 cases, the numbers released by Brazoria County officials Monday afternoon were not significantly higher than those seen the previous week.
The main link between Angleton and West Columbia has reopened hours after dozens of cars sustained damage from an issue with the road surface, the highway department said.
All lanes of Highway 35 from FM 521 to West Columbia have been closed after numerous calls of the road surface coming up and damaging vehicles, the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office said.
Friday’s COVID-19 numbers were similar to those of Thursday: a report of 79 new confirmed cases and 44 probables. While the numbers of new cases during the past week have fluctuated wildly from a low of nine to a high of 80, the county is averaging 55.57 new cases each day.
ANGLETON — Brazoria County is shutting down its COVID-19 Call Center at 5 p.m. today, citing a lack of a need and to give county employees a rest from almost 14 months of exhausting work.
AUSTIN — Top state leaders announced Wednesday they are releasing $11.2 billion out of nearly $18 billion available in federal pandemic relief funding that has been dedicated for the state’s public schools.
ANGLETON — Community Health Network will begin providing free COVID-19 vaccines to walk-in patients inside its clinics due to the supply outweighing the demand in recent weeks.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an attempt by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to challenge a California ban on state-funded travel to states with discriminatory laws — a list Texas landed on in 2017 after the Legislature approved a religious-refusal law for adoptions in the state.
With the addition of 58 new COVID-19 cases reported by Brazoria County officials Sunday afternoon, there have been 35,573 cases reported within the county — excluding prison cases, which are very low locally.