House Passes Emergency Funding for Schools, Wildfire Relief

An amendment also passed as a placeholder for West, Texas until they better know how much recovery from the fertilizer plant explosion will cost.

El Paso Becomes Second City to Indict Employer for Wage Theft

In 2011, Austin-based Workers Defense Project successfully lobbied for the wage theft code amendment, authored by Senator Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso), that made it harder for employers to get away with stealing workers’ wages. The amendment to the Texas criminal code closed a loophole which allowed employers to get away with paying employees only partially for their work without facing criminal charges. El Paso has become the first city outside of Austin to indict an employer for stealing wages.

Hot List: Day 109 of the Legislature

The House will vote on an $875 million state spending bill today.