Texas Senate News Archives — 2003
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December 5, 2003
Legislative Committee Completes Second Day of Two Day Meeting
December 4, 2003
Joint Committee Examines New Public School Funding Plans
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November 20, 2003
Senator Bill Ratliff Steps Down
November 6, 2003
Joint Committee Continues Work on Education Funding
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October 23, 2003
Higher Education Committee Convenes for the 78th Interim
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September 17, 2003
Senate Committees Tackle Redistricting, Election Dates and Transportation Issues
September 15, 2003
Third Called Session Convenes in Austin
September 10, 2003
Governor Calls Legislature Back for Third Special Session
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August 6, 2003
Work on School Reform Begins in Texas
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July 30, 2003
The Senate Stands at Ease
July 23, 2003
Redistricting Now in the Hands of the Full Senate
July 10, 2003
Redistricting Returns to Austin
July 1, 2003
Congressional Redistricting Comes to McAllen
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June 30, 2003
The Senate First Called Session is Called to Order
June 28, 2003
Senate Begins Redistricting Hearings
June 4, 2003
78th Legislative Session Wrap-Up
June 2, 2003
78th Legislative Session Ends with a Bang, Nelson Elected Interim President Pro-Tempore
June 1, 2003
LATE NIGHT EDITION : Ethics and Transportation Legislation Passed, Session Ends with Filibuster
June 1, 2003
Senate Approves Budget Compromise On Last Day to Pass Legislation
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May 31, 2003
Senate and House Compromise on Homeowners Insurance Legislation
May 30, 2003
Agreement Reached on Damage Caps for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and Fallen Soldiers Remembered
May 29, 2003
Ratliff Reports on Status of Medical Malpractice Bill
May 28, 2003
Transportation and Environmental Legislation Considered By Senate
May 27, 2003
Senate Approves Legislation Necessary to Balance Budget
May 26, 2003
Senate and House Conferees Reach Budget Agreement
May 26, 2003
In Kids News: 2003 Texas Tomorrow Fund Winners
May 24, 2003
Conference Committee on Appropriations Bill Reaches Agreement
May 23, 2003
Budget Writers Receive Gift of $1.3 billion in Federal Assistance
May 22, 2003
Senate Unanimously Approves Government Reorganization and Savings Bill
May 21, 2003
Budget Conference Committee Continues to Work Out Differences
May 20, 2003
Abortion Bill Requiring 24-Hour Wait Gains Preliminarily Approval
May 19, 2003
Legislature Authorized to Set Liability Limits if Approved by Voters
May 16, 2003
Tort Reform Legislation Passed By Senate
May 15, 2003
Legislation Aids Insurance Policy Search for Holocaust Victims' Heirs
May 14, 2003
Senate Approved Legislation to Release Tulia 13
May 13, 2003
Dewhurst Disappointed in Representatives, Says Senate will Pick up Slack
May 12, 2003
Despite A Halt in the House, Senate Will Pick Up the Pace
May 9, 2003
Approved Legislation Would Change Education Fund Investment Strategy
May 8, 2003
Senate Votes to Provide Zero-Interest College Loans
May 7, 2003
Senate Approves Radioactive Waste Facility in Texas
May 6, 2003
Senate Approves Plan to Kill "Robin Hood" System of School Funding
May 5, 2003
Environmental and Economic Legislation Highlight Session
May 2, 2003
Committee of the Whole Senate Approves Overhaul of School Finance System
May 1, 2003
Brimer, Harris, and Dewhurst Committed to Supporting UT-Arlington

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April 30, 2003
The Budget and Twenty Bills Dominate Senate Session
April 29, 2003
Senate Approves Appropriations Bill for Next Biennium
April 28, 2003
Judicial Election Reform Legislation Passed by Senate
April 26, 2003
Governor for a Day
April 25, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
April 24, 2003
Legislation Aimed at Protecting Texas' Freshwater Areas Passes Senate
April 23, 2003
Creation of Virtual Charter School Program Endorsed by Senate
April 22, 2003
Bivins Bill Drives at Uninsured Motorists
April 17, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
April 16, 2003
Senate Approves Legislation to Protect the Rights of Death Row Inmates
April 15, 2003
Insurance, Defense of Marriage Act, and Criminal Competency Bills Highlighted
April 14, 2003
Wentworth Bill Bans Recognizing Same-Sex Civil Unions
April 11, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
April 10, 2003
Dewhurst and Zaffirini Discuss Budget, Rainy Day Fund, and Reducing Paperwork for Teachers
April 9, 2003
Averitt Legislation to Make Insurance More Accessible and More Affordable Approved
April 8, 2003
Dewhurst, Wentworth, and Ellis Address Topics of Budget, Prayer, and Insurance
April 7, 2003
Senate Approves Shapiro Legislation Combating Dropouts
April 4, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
April 3, 2003
West Legislation Passed to Help Victims of Identity Fraud
April 2, 2003
Insurance Regulation Legislation Passed by Senate
April 1, 2003
Criminal Justice Committee Considers Life Without Parole Option

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March 31, 2003
Lucio Introduces the Texas Schoolchildren's Nutrition and Health Act
March 28, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
March 27, 2003
Senate Finance Committee Starts Budget Mark-Up
March 26, 2003
Dewhurst Reports on Progress of Insurance Bill and Budget Talks
March 25, 2003
Legislation Addressing Criminal Justice Issues Presented Today
March 24, 2003
Shapleigh Introduces the Texas Health Improvement Act to Address the State's Health Care Crisis
March 21, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
March 20, 2003
Tightened Security and Prayers for Our Troops at the Capitol
March 19, 2003
Senator Frank Madla hears testimony during Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
March 18, 2003
Dewhurst Committed to Protecting Texans Against Terrorist Attacks
March 17, 2003
Fraser Reports on Progress of Insurance Rate Regulation
March 14, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
March 13, 2003
Preliminary Report Shows Insurance Companies Charging Excessive Rates
March 12, 2003
Senate Passed Legislation on Education, Safety Issues
March 11, 2003
Dewhurst Promises to Act on Medical Malpractice Crisis
March 10, 2003
Senate Passes Legislation Intended to Remove Bad Physicians
March 7, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
March 6, 2003
Wentworth Supports Name Change for Southwest Texas State University
March 5, 2003
Dewhurst Supports Mentoring to Keep Students in School
March 4, 2003
Senate Working Together in Bipartisan Manner on Upcoming Homeowners Insurance Regulation Bill
March 3, 2003
Zaffirini Files Legislation Aimed at Immunizing More Texas Children

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February 28, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
February 27, 2003
Dewhurst Hopes to Continue Current Medicaid Coverage
February 26, 2003
Gallegos Files Bill Restricting Use of Pyrotechnics in Response to Lieutenant Governor's Concerns
February 25, 2003
Senate Authorizes Spending of $2.5 Million in Federal Funds for Medically Deserving Children
February 21, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
February 20, 2003
Senate Makes Progress on Insurance Legislation
February 19, 2003
Averitt Files Legislation to Insure Working Texans Without Health Insurance
February 18, 2003
Insurance Regulation Bill Proposed to Require Companies to Rollback Rates
February 17, 2003
Senators Criticize Agencies for Not Complying with HUB Requirements
February 14, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
February 13, 2003
Lucio Proposes Legislation to Fight Obesity Epidemic
February 12, 2003
Shapleigh Files Act to Strengthen State's Military Bases
February 11, 2003
Senate Unanimously Passed Legislation Requiring Insurers to Disclose Rates, Supporting Data
February 7, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
February 6, 2003
Duncan Files Legislation to Set Stronger Standards for Residential Construction
February 4, 2003
SENIOR DAY AT THE CAPITOL
February 3, 2003
Columbia Crew Remembered and Homeland Security Issues Discussed

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January 31, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
January 30, 2003
Senate Business and Commerce Committee Considers Insurance Legislation
January 29, 2003
Fraser Fights for Insurance Company Data and Senate Finance Committee Files Zero-Based Budget Bill
January 28, 2003
Lieutenant Governor Committed to Reaching Consensus and Providing Funding for Essential Services
January 27, 2003
Insurance and Healthcare Legislation Declared Emergency Matters for the 78th Legislature
January 24, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
January 23, 2003
Dewhurst Proposes Freeze in State Spending
January 22, 2003
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's First Session
January 21, 2003
Texas Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst Inaugurated
January 17, 2003
WEEK IN REVIEW
January 16, 2003
Senate Adopts Rules and Meets for Joint Session to Canvass Votes
January 15, 2003
Dewhurst Addresses the Budget and School Finance Reform
January 14, 2003
78th Regular Session Opens
January 13, 2003
Comptroller's Biennial Revenue Estimate Outlines Budgetary Challenges

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