Laws & Texans

In 2017, the Texas legislature passed a bill that legalized the open carry of essentially any knife — from daggers to Bowies — in any public place, save for places like schools and bars. Other bills didn’t pass, like one that would have abolished Texas’s flawed Driver Responsibility Program, or another that would have spelled the end for in-state tuition for undocumented students. Whether passed or “dead,” bills have repercussions, good and bad, in Texans’ everyday lives. These audio-slideshows explore a few of those ways that Texans are affected by decisions made, or not made, under the pink dome. These are part of a larger collection of similar pieces co-produced by Todd Wiseman and Alana Rocha of The Texas Tribune during Texas’s 85th legislative session in 2017.