Gov. Greg Abbott signs disaster relief and preparedness bills in Houston

Gov. Greg Abbott signs Senate Bill 7, aimed at bolstering the state’s emergency preparedness and disaster relief programs. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune HOUSTON — Gov. Greg Abbott signed…

Abbott vetoes popular domestic violence bill because of an unrelated provision about radioactive waste fees

State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, on the House floor on May 1, 2019. Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday vetoed a widely supported bill to protect…

After delay initiated by U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, Congress finally passes $19.1 billion disaster aid package

Jeremy Boutor removes personal items on an air mattress from his home in a neighborhood along Eldridge Parkway, flooded by waters released from Addicks Reservoir on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017,…

Lawmakers pass bills to better fund Texas parks, historic sites — if voters approve

Sunrise over the historic Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune State parks and historic sites across Texas could receive a much-needed bump in funding in…

Legislation with $1.7 billion for flood control and mitigation projects goes to governor

Jeremy Boutor removes personal items on an air mattress from his home in a neighborhood along Eldridge Parkway, flooded by waters released from Addicks Reservoir on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017,…

Texans in Congress push for release of billions in Harvey aid approved more than a year ago

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Texas Coast, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more…

Texas House passes bill to spend more than $3 billion to help pay for flood control projects

Damage from Hurricane Harvey near the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 27, 2017. Tomas Gonzalez for The Texas Tribune Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the…

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

State. Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, on the Senate floor Wednesday. Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune Wednesday at the Texas Capitol was hump day — or hemp day, state Sen. Charles Perry…

Judge orders alleged polluter of Skull Creek to stop accepting, disposing of waste

Downstream from Inland Environmental & Remediation, Inc., contaminated water empties from Skull Creek into the Colorado River south of Columbus, Texas, on April 14, 2019. Michael Stravato for The Texas…

Once again, bills to study the impacts of climate change in Texas have stalled

Record rainfall in Llano and Burnet counties in the Texas Hill Country cause major flooding in Marble Falls on Oct. 16, 2018. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune A few…

Renewable energy proponents brace for last-minute attack on tax breaks for wind and solar

Wind farm in Harrold, Texas. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune *Correction appended Any day now. That’s a phrase on the minds of renewable energy proponents who have been…

As demand for recyclables plummets abroad, Texas lawmakers back plan to boost demand at home

A Greenstar Recycling Center employee removes plastic bags from a sort line in Garland, Texas. Allison V. Smith for the Texas Tribune For decades, countries like China and India have…

In wake of Houston-area chemical fires, Texas Senate panel weighs input on stronger storage tank regulations

An aerial photograph of the Stolthaven Oil Tanking facility along the Houston Ship Channel. Edmund D. Fountain/ProPublica/Texas Tribune Weeks after a massive fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility garnered…

Beto O'Rourke unveils plan to fight climate change

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks at a rally in El Paso on March 30. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday unveiled an…

Texas House votes to legalize the farming of industrial hemp

House Bill 1325 from state Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville, would allow farmers in the state to legally grow industrial hemp. Juan Figueroa/The Texas Tribune The Texas House gave broad preliminary…

Point of Order: Crude awakening

(Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Chris Paddie, who chairs the…

Hurricane Harvey destroyed every apartment in Rockport, Texas. Some residents are still waiting for help from lawmakers.

Hurricane Harvey, which caused more than $125 billion in damage, is the most expensive storm in Texas history. It wreaked havoc on nearly every Gulf Coast community when it came…

West unveils memorial six years after fertilizer plant explosion killed 15

A vehicle near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco, in 2013.  Mike Stone / Bay Area News The Texas town of…

A creek flowing to the Colorado River turned black. Now the state has sued the alleged polluter.

Skull Creek flows black as it crosses over a country road downstream from Inland Environmental & Remediation Inc. near Altair on April 14, 2019.  Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune…

Trump issues executive orders seeking to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on energy and infrastructure during a campaign event at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby on…