Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

Coleman and Janek Debate Responsibility over State’s Uninsured

After nearly two hours of testimony in the House Public Health Committee Wednesday, committee members finally got to the crux of the battle over the uninsured when state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, pressed Dr. Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Health …

Fracking Industry Explains How Oil and Water Do Mix

A parade of oil and gas industry representatives told legislators today that they are hard at work on reducing the amount of freshwater used in fracking. This is the Texas Legislature, which is enormously deferential to the industry, so the joint hearing of two House committees had the air of a casual fact-finding mission mixed with lots of oil-and-gas boosterism.

TxDOT Director Calls for Stable Highway Funding System

As lawmakers consider new highway construction this session, Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) warned this morning that they need to address TxDOT’s huge debt repayments as well. At the Senate Transportation Committee’s first meeting Wednesday morning, Davis said it’s important to strike …