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Abbott signs statewide ban on sanctuary cities into law

May 8, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott removed the cap from his signing pen and placed his signature on the controversial bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Texas, officially making it state law, in a Facebook Live video...


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,...


Students express concerns over confusion surrounding classes, exams during on-campus stabbing

May 4, 2017

Minutes after four students were stabbed Monday afternoon on campus, many students still went to class and some took exams in the midst of confusion about the ongoing violence around them.   According...


SG urges importance of mental health

May 3, 2017

UT Student Government members, in coordination with the University, are encouraging students to prioritize their health and safety despite concerns about exams and classes following the on-campus stabbing...


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...


Bill banning sanctuary cities in Texas passes in House, moves one step closer to becoming law

April 28, 2017

Senate Bill 4, which would prevent cities from creating “sanctuary” policies known to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally, passed in the Texas House of Representatives Thursday...


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...


House approves bill that would overturn Austin’s local ride-hailing ordinance, prompting return of Uber and Lyft

April 20, 2017

The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would invalidate Austin’s local ride-hailing ordinance, a move that could potentially prompt Uber and Lyft to return. House Bill...


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...


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...

House approves bill to provide more evidence testing for sexual assault cases

April 6, 2017

A bill aimed at ending delayed testing of DNA evidence related to rape and sexual assault cases received tentative approval Wednesday from the Texas House of Representatives.  State Rep. Victoria...

House bill gives mental health equal coverage

April 5, 2017

Texans are one step closer to accessing more equal coverage for mental health care and substance abuse following the House of Representative’s approval of House Bill 10, which gives these costs the...

Senate bill decreases university funding

March 29, 2017

The Texas Senate unanimously voted on Tuesday to pass the finance committee’s proposed budget, which decreases state funding for many colleges and universities by 6 percent to 10 percent. Senate...

Senate committee passes bill to reduce costs associated with handgun licenses despite budget concerns

March 28, 2017

The state’s fees to obtain and renew handgun licenses are among the highest in the country, but a bill passed by the Senate on Monday seeks to reduce these costs. Senate Bill 16, sponsored by...

UT may have to offer more student loan information

March 22, 2017

UT would be required to provide students who receive financial aid with information regarding estimates of the amount of student debt they might incur under a bill unanimously passed by the Senate Monday. Senate...

House committee hears bills proposing an increase in Texas minimum wage

March 21, 2017

Several bills proposing various plans to raise the minimum wage in Texas were heard by a House of Representatives committee Monday, but members did not vote on any of the bills.  Nineteen states...

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...


Texas Senate gives initial approval to SB 6, awaits final vote before moving to House

March 15, 2017

The highly debated “bathroom bill,” officially known as Senate Bill 6, received a favorable vote of 21-10 on its second reading in the Senate on Tuesday. During a public hearing of the bill...

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...

Texas Legislature expected to speed up after tonight’s bill filing deadline

March 10, 2017

After months of bills being added to the pile of legislation senators and representatives intend to consider, the rising number will come to a halt today at 7 p.m. Marking 60 days of session, this...


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...


Bill proposes additional regulations for college land purchases

March 6, 2017

Texas public universities and colleges seeking to purchase land outside of areas surrounding their main campuses could face stricter requirements before proceeding. House Bill 1737 would require...

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Representative targets bills in weekly Facebook videos

March 3, 2017

State Representative Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, is taking a novel approach to derailing legislation he doesn’t like: Once a week, he castigates a bill with a Facebook video series titled “Bad...


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...

Three bills related to calling for a constitutional convention advance in Texas Legislature

March 1, 2017

Three bills related to granting states the ability to amend the U.S. Constitution moved one step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday afternoon. Senate Joint Resolution 2 proposes a convention of...


Bill proposes limiting government regulations for ride-hailing services in Austin

February 23, 2017

Uber and Lyft might have the opportunity to return to Austin if a bill proposing restrictions on the city’s regulation of transportation network companies passes during this legislative session. Sen....


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...


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...


Longhorns and Aggies unite at the Capitol to advocate for affordable education

February 16, 2017

Longhorns and Aggies set aside their differences Wednesday to lobby at the Capitol on behalf of their joint goal of sustaining affordable yet excellent higher education in the state. Texas Exes and...

UT students support public schools with hashtag

February 13, 2017

Several UT students posted the hashtag #ProudProductOfPublicSchools last week to show support for the Texas public school system, which faces potential changes in funding. The hashtag, which began...

Straus assigns committees in Texas House

February 10, 2017

Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus revealed committee assignments for the 85th legislative session Thursday morning. Straus placed each of the 150 House members on one or more...


More than 500 testify at public hearing on sanctuary cities

February 3, 2017

Update (11:37 a.m.): Senate Bill 4, addressing a ban on sanctuary cities, will advance in the legislative process. Following 16 hours and hundreds of testimonies, of which the majority opposed the...

McDonald Observatory could be affected by Senate budget cuts

February 2, 2017

UT’s McDonald Observatory, which is home to one of the largest telescopes in the world, is at risk of losing a large portion of its funding. As an astronomy hub educating students and training...

Education funding reforms named top priority by Texas Senate Finance Committee

January 30, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee called for a complete reconstruction of Texas’public school finance system and higher education reforms during the committee’s first round of meetings last week. Committee...

Tuition reform remains top priority despite low starting budget

January 25, 2017

Initiatives to cut costs for college students are a large component of several higher education bills filed this legislative session. In Lt. Gov Dan Patrick’s “2017 Top Legislative Priorities,”...


Rep. Hinojosa files three bills, outlines legislative agenda in press conference Thursday

January 20, 2017

State Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, whose district includes UT, announced plans to file her first three bills regarding college preparedness, gun safety and property rights Thursday at a press conference.  She...


Texas Legislature deliberates bills

January 19, 2017

The Texas State Legislature, which began its 85th session Jan. 10, faces the deliberation of more than 1,700 bills throughout the next five months.   Every other year, Texas legislators in both...

Texas Legislature plans to address important issues during 85th session

January 17, 2017

Texas legislators have filed more than 1,600 bills since the 85th session of the Texas Legislature began, spanning topics from gun control and ride-hailing regulations to abortion policies.  Here...


85th Texas Legislature convenes, faces tight budget

January 11, 2017

After a year and a half hiatus, the Texas Legislature convened Tuesday at noon to officially begin its 85th session. The 140-day session will consist of the Texas House and Senate deliberating the enactment...


SURE Walk remains in high demand

May 6, 2016

The number of SURE Walk users has remained high throughout the past month, following a 400 percent increase in requests for the service after the on-campus homicide. Krishan Sachdev, SURE Walk director...


Possible increase in on-campus lighting to be decided by end of summer

May 5, 2016

In response to a rise in complaints of inadequate lighting following a homicide on campus last month, University officials may increase the number of lights on campus.  Bob Harkins, associate vice...


Officer-involved shootings continue to increase in Austin, with fifth incident in 2016

May 3, 2016

A 29-year-old man was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in a South Austin Randall’s parking lot on April 22. The incident marked 2016’s fifth officer-involved shooting in Austin,...


Reckless driving reports decrease on campus

April 28, 2016

Reckless driving offenses in the campus area have decreased slightly since 2013 but remain relatively low when compared with other driving-related violations such as drunken driving, according to data...


Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo reprimanded for response to David Joseph shooting

April 27, 2016

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo was reprimanded Tuesday by the Austin Police Association and City Manager Marc Ott for continuing to discuss the officer-involved shooting that occurred Feb. 8.  As...


UTPD and APD officers address safety concerns at on-campus coalition meeting

April 26, 2016

The UT Police Department addressed safety concerns in collaboration with the Austin Police Department, Campus Safety & Security and other community agencies at a town hall meeting on campus Monday...

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On-campus criminal trespassing rates see continuous increase in past several years

April 25, 2016

Criminal trespassing rates on University grounds have been on the rise throughout the past several years. According to statistics from the University of Texas Police Department, warning citations for...


Texas Department of Public Safety assesses campus security

April 22, 2016

The Texas Department of Public Safety is conducting a comprehensive review of security measures on the UT campus at the request of President Gregory Fenves. The evaluation has already started and is...


APD addresses concerns about homeless population in West Campus and on Guadalupe Street

April 21, 2016

Despite increased requests to relocate the homeless population in West Campus after dance freshman Haruka Weiser’s death, police have no specific policies to address the group in this area. Homeless...

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Students seek to add more call boxes to campus

April 19, 2016

Petitions written by UT students asking for an increase in on-campus emergency call boxes — blue-light telephones that automatically call the police — have circulated online following an on-campus...