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Open Records Bill Would Ensure More Emails and Texts Get Disclosed

Rep. Todd Hunter’s bill adds messages from any phone or device used for official business—whether it’s personal or government-owned—to the scope of public information. It also prohibits officials from sending most emails or texts during a public meeting.

Under Senate Budget, Per-Student Funding Would Drop Next Two Years

There’s a dirty little secret hidden in the Senate’s budget celebration: when you account for inflation and Texas’ growing enrollment, the Senate’s budget would actually leave schools with less money per student than they get today.

The Deadliest Place In Mexico

The Observer’s Melissa del Bosque was named a finalist today for a National Magazine Award for this story.

Hot List: Day 84 of the Legislature

One of this session’s hottest issues has been whether Texas will take a Medicaid expansion deal offered by the federal government. Under Medicaid expansion, […]