If his bill doesn’t pass, Springer vowed to make Austin cover the $345,000 its proliferation of disease-ridden reusable bags would cost public health.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
The Senate passed its budget proposal Wednesday afternoon with broad support—only two senators voted against it. The only real point of debate was whether the budget devoted enough money to public schools.
Angry debate erupted on House floor when Rep. Byron Cook allowed an amendment that would’ve gutted a previously-uncontested portion of the PUC sunset bill.
Texas songstress Michelle Shocked responds to her incoherent rant regarding gay marriage and California’s Proposition 8, which would ban it.
The Lead: Today the full Senate will debate the two-year state budget (SB 1), making major spending decisions for the next two years. We’re still early in the budget process. As Royce West told the Texas Tribune, “This is just …
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) wants to end the practice of requiring students to be tracked with RFIDs. On Tuesday, her bill got its day before the House Public Education Committee.
Since Sandy Hook, a handful of Texas school districts have added policies letting some teachers carry guns—Patrick’s bill is meant to make that decision safer, so heat-packing teachers know what they’re getting into.
Late Tuesday, a Senate committee voted out a contentious bill that critics have blasted as an attack on abortion rights.
At a legislative hearing this morning, state Sen. John Carona, the Dallas Republican who’s leading the payday “reform” effort in the Senate, basically said the industry had bought off lawmakers. Carona was defending the latest version of his payday loan legislation, which most advocates derided as unacceptably weak.
Manuela Luna’s colonia near Mercedes, Texas is no suburban paradise. Spanish Palms, a small low-income community of 25 people, lacks paved roads, but at least there’s running water, electricity and septic systems on the inhabited lots — basic services absent …