Monthly Archives: February 2013

At Emotional Hearing, Victims Urge Ban on Texting While Driving

Several victims and family members of victims of distracted driving testified at Tuesday’s House Transportation Committee hearing on a bill that would ban texting while driving in Texas. State Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) authored the bill, HB 63. In introducing the legislation, Craddick cited numbers about the dangers of texting while driving.

Death at Dawson: Why Is Texas’ Worst State Jail Still Open?

Horrific stories of medical neglect continue to emerge from Dallas’s privately run Dawson State Jail. As damning reports are released one after another, a bipartisan coalition is asking how Dawson isn’t closed yet.

Elizabeth Black’s “The Drowning House”

Observer books editor David Duhr recently reviewed Houston author Elizabeth Black’s debut The Drowning House for the magazine, and found that the Galveston-set novel, despite flashes of insight and descriptive prowess, suffers from its main character’s “histrionics,” its author’s “awkward” …

Bad Bill: Matt Krause’s License to Discriminate

House Bill 360  Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) Under this bill Rep. Matt Krause wants to allow student organizations, even those at private schools, to discriminate. Student organizations must currently follow their university’s nondiscrimination policies, and most colleges and universities …

Federal Immigration Reform Proposals Ignore Workers’ Rights

The Austin-based nonprofit organization, Workers Defense Project, says workers’ rights need to be part of the conversation as legislators in Washington, D.C. hash out immigration reform. On Thursday the group released a study, “Build a Better Nation,” that found 50 percent of all construction workers in Texas are undocumented.

Lawmaker Wants to Limit Challenges to Harold Simmons’ Radioactive Waste Dump

Citizen challenges to a West Texas radioactive waste dump owned by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons would be limited under legislation filed by Rep. Drew Darby.