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News editor says goodbye to a position she never thought she’d have

May 10, 2019

My time at The Daily Texan has really come full circle. I started as a general reporter my first semester freshman year, wide-eyed and eager to learn. After a stint in the copy department, time as a...


Students ride free with UT, Cap Metro partnership

August 7, 2017

Economics junior Kate Dopkin is just one of many UT students who relies upon the city bus system to explore Austin.  “I lived on campus and didn’t feel like I needed (a car) because...


Trump announces new national transgender policy as the legislature keeps working to pass ‘bathroom bill’

July 31, 2017

Attempts to regulate the lives of transgender individuals were advanced both nationally and across the state of Texas this week.  On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced, in a series of...


Lawmakers turn their attention to bathroom bill and school finance in the first week of the special session

July 23, 2017

The Texas Legislature is free to move on to Gov. Greg Abbott’s 19 other priorities for the special session after the Senate passed the necessary “sunset” legislation early Thursday morning...


Texas Legislature special session looks to address tax reform, bathroom bill

July 17, 2017

The gloves are coming off as the 85th Texas Legislature steps into the ring for its first special session Tuesday.  Legislators will address unfinished sunset legislation and Gov. Greg Abbott’s...


Trump administration sides with Texas on SB 4 lawsuit

June 26, 2017

On Friday, the Trump administration weighed in on Texas’ immigration enforcement litigation, siding with the state of Texas.   The recently passed Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the “sanctuary...

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SXSW to remain in Austin despite Senate Bill 4

June 18, 2017

The South by Southwest Music Festival will remain in Austin after a plea by two U.S. senators for the festival to leave the state was denied by SXSW CEO Roland Swenson. In an open letter, Sen. Robert...


Uber and Lyft resume operations in Austin

June 5, 2017

Uber and Lyft returned to Austin on May 29 — the same day Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill deregulating ride-hailing services.  Authored by state Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, HB...


Amendment restricts transgender students bathroom use in schools

May 29, 2017

The Texas House of Representatives initially approved an amendment late Sunday night that would require transgender students to use the bathroom according to the gender on their birth certificate in public...


Year in Review

May 5, 2017

Stabbing On May 1 at 1:46 p.m., the UT Police Department responded to a call about an individual attacking a student with a large, Bowie-style hunting knife in the Speedway Plaza. Two minutes later,...


Bill would require average grade given in course to appear on transcript

May 4, 2017

Institutions of higher education would be required to include the average grade in a course beside an individual’s final grade on their transcript under a bill approved Wednesday by a Texas Senate...


House committee considers bills to stop workplace discrimination

May 2, 2017

Political beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression could be added to the list of characteristics protected from employment discrimination under bills considered Monday by a Texas...


Student advocates in support of bill creating an opt-out organ donation system

April 28, 2017

The founder of a student-run advocacy group testified Thursday in support of a bill that would make adult driver’s license recipients organ donors by default. Kelsey Mumford, a nursing and biology...


Senate Bill 4 passed by House

April 27, 2017

Update (4:18 p.m.): The bill that would ban "sanctuary cities" in Texas officially passed in the House by a 94-53 vote along party lines Thursday afternoon. SB 4 will now return...

Bill seeks to clarify free speech protections on college campuses

April 27, 2017

While the freedom of speech is protected under the Constitution, some universities across the country have implemented strict speech codes and free speech zones.  The Senate’s Higher Education...

Hazing definition expanded by Senate

April 26, 2017

A Texas Senate committee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would broaden the definition of hazing used in civil and criminal cases. Senate Bill 50 authored by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo,...


Top 10 Percent Rule stays under new version of bill

April 21, 2017

The Top 10 Percent Rule is here to stay, even if Senate Bill 2119 passes.  The new version of the bill was left pending before the Senate Committee of Higher Education on Wednesday. This committee...

House committee takes up version of the bathroom bill that would not prohibit nondiscrimination ordinances in bathroom facilities

April 21, 2017

A committee considered the House’s version of the controversial “bathroom bill” during a meeting that started late Wednesday night and went into the early hours of Thursday morning. The...


House committee approves unlicensed carry bill

April 19, 2017

Legislation that would allow people over the age of 21 to carry a handgun without a license was passed out of a House committee Tuesday. House Bill 1911, authored by state Rep. James White, R-Hillister,...


Stop misusing Chilean flag emoji, pleads TX representative

April 19, 2017

A House committee addressed one legislator’s attempt to stop Texans from misrepresenting the state through incorrect emoji usage on social media during a hearing Tuesday.   House Concurrent...


Resolution in Texas House honors life of Haruka Weiser one year after her death

April 18, 2017

A year after the death of theatre and dance freshman Haruka Weiser, the Texas House of Representatives expressed unanimous support for a resolution honoring her life. Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, whose...


‘Campus carry’ law positioned to change upon approval of ‘constitutional carry’ bill

April 17, 2017

Campus carry legislation passed last session would undergo a major change if legislators sign off on a “constitutional carry” bill from state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford. House Bill...


Bill names UT’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as the state’s botanical garden, arboretum

April 13, 2017

The Texas House of Representatives tentatively approved a bill that would designate UT Austin affiliate Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as the state botanical garden and arboretum.  State Rep....


Bill proposes tougher Title IX rules

April 12, 2017

At a time when several student organizations are working to encourage conversation about sexual violence, some fear a bill passed by the Senate would halt their progress. Senate Bill 576, authored by...

House discusses proposed budget

April 7, 2017

After 15 hours, the Texas House of Representatives continued their debate over a proposed $218.15 billion budget, which was expected to last until the early hours of Friday morning. Last Tuesday, the...


Senate committee considers eliminating top 10 percent rule

April 6, 2017

UT President Gregory Fenves said for 20 years the top 10 percent rule has sent a clear message to Texas students: “Perform well in high school, and you can go to the flagship university of the state.”  Senate...

Senate freezes tuition increase, eliminates mandatory set-asides

April 5, 2017

The Texas Senate took action Tuesday to freeze tuition costs for two years and eliminate mandatory tuition set-asides. Senate Bill 19, authored by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, passed by a vote of 29-2....

UT Austin has highest percentage of rape among female undergraduates, study finds

March 27, 2017

UT Austin has the highest percentage of rape among female undergraduates across eight UT System academic institutions, according to a survey released Friday.   The Cultivating Learning and Safe...


Fenves releases campus sexual assault survey

March 24, 2017

UT President Gregory Fenves released a System-wide report containing sexual assault statistics he said were a “wake up call”, in an email to UT students Friday. According to the Cultivating...


Survey to reveal campus rape statistics

March 24, 2017

Fifteen percent of undergraduate women at the University of Texas at Austin have been raped, according to a UT System study that will be released in the coming weeks. Texas Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston,...


Senate pushes for affordable tuition

March 23, 2017

Update, March 27: Two bills which would regulate the cost of tuition are headed to the Senate floor. A revised version of Senate Bills 543 and 19, both authored by State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo,...

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Proposed bill transfers UT-owned Lions Municipal Golf Course to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

March 22, 2017

Lions Municipal Golf Course, one of the first desegregated golf courses in the South, would be transferred from University ownership to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department if a bill considered by the...

Committee approves legislation to reduce costs of handgun license

March 21, 2017

A proposal to reduce the cost associated with acquiring or renewing a handgun license is headed to the Senate floor after being unanimously approved Monday by the Senate Committee on State Affairs.  Senate...

Texas Legislature takes action on the first week post bill-filing deadline

March 20, 2017

On the first week following the bill filing deadline, legislators picked up the pace with the Senate approving 11 bills and the House of Representatives approving six. Conversation in the House focused...

UT students express opposition to “bathroom bill” passing out of committee

March 10, 2017

Public testimony during the Senate committee hearing for Senate Bill 6, also known as the “bathroom bill,” lasted approximately 12 hours with 90 percent of public witnesses testifying against...

Bill limiting the use of TEXAS Grants left pending in Senate committee hearing

March 9, 2017

College access and affordability was again the center of debate at Wednesday’s Higher Education Senate Committee hearing.  Senate Bill 885, authored by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, would...


Highly debated bathroom bill raises concerns about privacy and transgender rights

March 8, 2017

Update (8:05 a.m.): After approximately 13 hours of public testimony, the committee voted 8-1 in favor of SB 6 at 4:50 a.m Wednesday. The bill will move to the full senate for further deliberation. Original...


Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick defends “bathroom bill”

March 7, 2017

One day before the “bathroom bill,” or Senate Bill 6, appears before the Senate State Affairs Committee, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference Monday in support of the bill. Keeping...

Grant program for bulletproof vests passes through Senate committee

March 7, 2017

The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 12, which would set up a grant program for police departments around the state to acquire protective vests.  SB...


Bills addressing Child Protective Services unanimously pass out of their chambers

March 2, 2017

Two House bills and a Senate bill that would change the way Child Protective Services operates in Texas unanimously passed out of their respective chambers Wednesday afternoon.   House Bill...

House Bill would limit UT to charging no more than $10 per transcript

February 27, 2017

A UT student was the inspiration behind a bill filed Thursday that would limit the amount a public institution of higher education could charge for an official transcript to $10.  Juliette Perrier,...


Senate committee takes first step to eliminate mandatory tuition set asides

February 23, 2017

After a back-and-forth debate, a Texas Senate Committee pushed a bill to the Senate floor Wednesday which would do away with the requirement for public institutions of education to participate in the tuition...


Austin Senator files legislation with aim to protect victims of sexual assault on campus

February 22, 2017

Update (1:12 p.m.): The Senate passed SB 970 requiring an accessible sexual assault policy for both public and private universities by a 30-1 vote Tuesday afternoon. While the bill formerly...

Senate Committee passes resolution calling for convention of states

February 17, 2017

Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs voted Thursday in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 2, which calls for a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The committee’s...


Legislators continue debates outside Capitol

February 17, 2017

Two Democratic and two Republican Texas lawmakers butted heads Thursday night over issues including sanctuary cities, school finance, the Rainy Day Fund and Child Protective Services.  In a panel...

Restrictive abortion legislation left pending in Senate committee

February 16, 2017

Three bills regulating abortions were brought before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday, bringing about passionate testimony on both sides of the issue.  Sen. Charles Schwertner,...


Senate approves UT regent nominees despite lack of diversity

February 8, 2017

Former Sen. Kevin Eltife, businessman James Conrad Weaver and attorney Janiece Longoria were confirmed by the Texas Senate Tuesday as the next three UT system regents. The Senate voted 29 in favor...


Senate passes bill banning sanctuary cities

February 8, 2017

Following nearly six hours of discussion regarding the implications of Senate Bill 4, which would eliminate sanctuary cities, and the consideration of 39 amendments, the bill was passed to engrossment...


Ethics reform bill first to pass Senate

February 8, 2017

Senate Bill 14, an ethics reform package authored by Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, was unanimously approved by Senate members in a 31-0 vote, becoming the first bill passed in the Senate this legislative session. SB...

Patrick defends “bathroom bill,” claims it has no economic impact

February 7, 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick attacked claims that the “bathroom bill” would have a negative impact on Texas’ economy during a press conference Monday. In December, the Texas Association of...