A coalition of advocates, judges and sheriffs have called for treating 17-year-olds as juveniles in the criminal justice system, but a key senator remains skeptical.
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After eight years of reforms, a new study shows Texas’ juvenile justice system has steered more kids out of the system by keeping them close to home.
For years, Dan Patrick has sought to kill the Senate’s two-thirds rule, which gives Democrats leverage in a Republican chamber. Today, he finally succeeded.
At today’s meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, state Sen. Jane Nelson presided over a walk-through of a still-strained state budget.
After a dramatic false start on Thursday, the big payday loan reform bill—tediously-negotiated by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas)—easily cleared the Senate. But not before senators agreed to changes that would more or less kill the payday and auto-title industry in Texas.
An ugly scene erupted in the Texas Senate today, with Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) suggesting that some of his Republican colleagues were “shills” for the payday loan industry and worrying that the GOP would be seen as “the party that is backed and bankrolled by payday lenders.”
Is this the end of the nightmare factory called Dawson State Jail? On Monday, the state Senate Finance Committee recommended against renewing Texas’ contract […]
It was a telling diversion in an otherwise agreeable budget meeting to watch a pair of Democratic senators try to make Patrick, the usually tight-fisted tea party favorite, defend the extra cost of his school reform plans.
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.
In a somewhat awkward exchange on Monday afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee lectured the Department of Transportation’s executive director for his presentation about the […]