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Public News Service - TX: Civil Rights

The sponsor of a new sentencing guidelines bill says its purpose is to keep Texas jails from acting as ”debtor’s prisons.” (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – A measure passed by the Texas Legislature is designed to prevent people convicted of low-level crimes from being sent to jail when they can't afford a fine or fees. Senate Bill 1913 was approved by just five votes in the waning hours of the legislative session and awaits the

Some are concerned that Texas could lose major sporting events, similar to this year’s Super Bowl in Houston, if the controversial SB 6 bathroom bill becomes law. (wellesenterprises/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Public records show several businesses that publicly oppose Senate Bill 6, the so-called "bathroom bill" in the Texas Legislature, have contributed thousands of dollars to the bill's Republican sponsors. Alex Kotch, an independent investigative reporter for the website Rewire

A federal court recently ruled that Texas Congressional Districts 20, 23 and 27, as drawn in 2011, discriminate against minority voters and violate the Voting Rights Act. (Wikipedia)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A group of plaintiffs is asking a federal court to force Texas to redraw the state's current congressional district boundaries ahead of the November 2018 elections. The three-judge panel ruled March 10 that Republicans had drawn three of the state's congressional distric

A coalition of legal and civil-rights groups will continue a court fight against the Texas Voter ID Law, despite the Department of Justice dropping its support for the case. (Pietruzka/iStockphoto)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The U.S. Department of Justice, now under the Trump administration, has informed a federal judge that it will no longer support plaintiffs in their case challenging the Texas Voter ID Law. The plaintiffs, a coalition of legal and civil-rights groups, seek to prove that

Pro-choice protesters make their opinions known at a rally in front of the Texas state Capitol. (vichinterlang/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of justice and reproductive rights groups aims to organize into a cohesive political movement the hundreds of thousands of Texans who protested at rallies last month. The groups have formed a campaign called Trust. Respect. Access. to pursue a reproductive health,

Under President Trump's new immigration policy, some refugees arriving at U.S. airports over the weekend were detained or turned back. (ampak/iStockphoto)

DALLAS -- As President Trump's executive order plunged the U.S. immigration system into chaos over the weekend, refugee advocates in Texas were scrambling to make sense of the situation. Hundreds of migrants were detained at international airports around the country, including at Dallas-Fort Worth

A coalition of Hispanic and African-American voting rights groups is asking a three-judge federal panel to issue an immediate ruling to their 2011 challenge to voting districts in Texas. (iStockphoto)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Texas congressional and state House and Senate districts are demanding that the three-judge federal panel hearing the case issue a decision within the next two weeks. The suit, filed in 2011 by a coalition of Hispanic and African-A

Throughout the year, people in North Carolina protested HB 2, state legislation that restricts the rights of those who are transgender. (AwakenedEye/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Advocates for the LGBT community in Texas are voicing concerns that North Carolina's failure to overturn a controversial "bathroom bill" will encourage some Texas lawmakers to pursue a similar measure. North Carolina legislators met in a special session this week in an unsuccessful

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