Bill would require Texans to opt out of organ donation rather than opt in

By Nicole Cobler | March 1, 2017 AUSTIN — A Dallas lawmaker’s bill to automatically make organ donors out of driver license holders is meeting resistance from a surprising opponent — the nonprofit that runs Texas’ organ donor registry. Donate Life Texas has been vocal in opposing so-called “opt out” or “presumed consent” programs across … Continue reading Bill would require Texans to opt out of organ donation rather than opt in

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Senators decry secrecy pacts they signed to get voter fraud claims

By Nicole Cobler | Feb. 9, 2017 AUSTIN - Two Texas senators are promising to fight confidential agreements they signed before being allowed to view voter fraud complaints reported to the secretary of state's office. Their plan to make the information public follows newly nominated Secretary of State Rolando Pablos' declaration in a Senate committee … Continue reading Senators decry secrecy pacts they signed to get voter fraud claims

Lawmaker wants to position Texas to outlaw abortion with ‘trigger law’

By Nicole Cobler | Feb. 3 2017 AUSTIN - State Sen. Bob Hall is playing the long game on abortion. To date, more than two dozen bills relating to abortion have been filed in the Texas Legislature, most aimed at restricting the controversial procedure. Hall, however, has gone a step further and authored a bill … Continue reading Lawmaker wants to position Texas to outlaw abortion with ‘trigger law’

Judge blocks state from ousting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

AUSTIN — A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction, blocking the state from ousting Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program for at least a month. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ ruling followed a three-day hearing in which lawyers for the state argued that removing the nonprofit from Texas’ Medicaid program would have little … Continue reading Judge blocks state from ousting Planned Parenthood from Medicaid