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Texas was warned its hemp law would complicate marijuana prosecutions. Lawmakers didn’t listen.

July 30, 2019Months before Texas district attorneys started dropping or delaying low-level marijuana cases, state lawmakers were told that a well-liked bill to legalize...

Texas leaders: Hemp law did not decriminalize marijuana

July 18, 2019Weeks after Texas prosecutors began dropping hundreds of marijuana cases and stopped actively pursuing criminal charges because of complications that arose from...

After defeats in 2019, a group of Texas lawmakers is teaming up to push criminal justice reform

July 18, 2019Lawmakers entered 2019 with high hopes that they could change Texas' bail procedures, death penalty laws and drug policies. But the legislative...

Texas House approves bail reform bill — with amendment that limits pretrial release for some poor defendants

May 9, 2019The Texas House gave an initial stamp of approval Thursday to a bill that addresses bail practices, which courts recently deemed unconstitutional...

Gov. Greg Abbott’s influence has shifted Texas bail reform efforts toward a bill that would give him more control

March 18, 2019Across the political spectrum, Texas lawmakers agree that something needs to be done this year about the state’s bail system.Since reform efforts...

Courts have called Texas bail practices unconstitutional. Will that push this year’s reform efforts to success?

February 4, 2019A lot has changed in Texas and the country since state lawmakers failed to pass a bail reform law in 2017. There have...

Federal judge rules against Dallas County bail practices

Texas TribuneSeptember 20, 2018Taking a cue from the rulings on Harris County’s bail-setting practices, a U.S. District Judge in Dallas issued a temporary order...

After the death of Botham Jean, should a Dallas officer be fired? Those decisions often take time.

A dozen days after an unarmed black man was shot and killed in his apartment in Dallas, the white off-duty police officer who killed...

Police officers are almost never convicted of murder. Body cameras may have made the difference in this Texas case.

August 28, 2018DALLAS — The body camera footage changed everything from the beginning. The day after police officer Roy Oliver fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards...

After Santa Fe shooting talks, Abbott expresses support for mental health checks, reporting stolen guns

May 23, 2018After the second day of discussions on school and gun safety in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting last...

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Analysis: Despite vaccine hopes, lawmakers plan for more months of pandemic

Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, click here. We’re holding two opposing ideas in our heads at...

Fort Worth’s Redistricting Task Force presents draft recommendations

A City Council-appointed, 11-member Redistricting Task Force that will advise on redistricting issues in Fort Worth presented its draft criteria as part of its...

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess loses bid for GOP leadership position on key committee

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, conceded his bid to be the Republican leader on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. “I want to...

Texas may receive enough coronavirus vaccine doses for 700,000 people in December, Gov. Greg Abbott says

Texas could receive coronavirus vaccine doses to immunize up to 700,000 Texans in December, assuming U.S. health officials approve coronavirus vaccine candidates from drugmakers...