Hot List: Day 56

Day 56 of the 82nd Texas Legislature

“It would have a lot of implications for a lot of families. What are they going to do about child-sitting in days off?”
Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, on a bill by state Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, to shorten the school week to four days

“In a time of high unemployment, is it really necessary to stigmatize laid-off workers as addicts? Then again, balancing budgets by targeting the poor and downtrodden is a longstanding political tradition.” Eileen Smith explains HB 126 and HB 139 

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice spends nearly $1 million giving their employees perks—from free cell phones to $7-dollar haircuts to free and reduced rent. But as the Austin American-Statesman reports, that may not continue, as legislators examine ways to balance the budget this session. 

After weeks of invited and public testimony, the House Appropriations Committee will make its official budget recommendations to the Health and Human Services Commission and its four departments, while the full House will take its final vote on the sonogram bill. Something for everyone.

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Alexa Garcia-Ditta is a staff writer (and former intern) covering women's health, reproductive health and health care access.

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