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Ryan E. Poppe

A bipartisan group of members of the Texas House has come up with a way to change the funding formula for school districts this session. The effort, related to property taxes, would fully restore the cuts taken from public education in 2011.

The plan would adjust per pupil spending by changing the funding formulas that feed into local school districts. House leaders hope those changes would result in an additional $2.2 to 3 billion dollars for schools.

On Tuesday, the Texas House’s Public Health Committee heard testimony from people on potential legislation that could change when a person facing a terminal illness could be given experimental drugs. The bill, introduced in the state House last month, would lessen restrictions on medication for compassionate use.

AUSTIN — A bill that would limit cities and towns from passing local ordinances restricting oil and gas drilling and exploration is headed to the full Senate.

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development voted 8-0 on Tuesday to advance a proposal by its chairman, Horseshoe Bay Republican Sen. Troy Fraser.

A congressional panel on Tuesday released a video surveillance tape of an incident near the White House in which a government car driven by Secret Service agents appears to brush a barrier in an area where a suspicious package was being investigated.

States To Test Ways To Send Food Stamp Recipients To Work

Mar 20, 2015
Courtesy http://conaway.house.gov/#

WASHINGTON  — Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls.

The grants come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year — twice its cost in 2008. Some in the GOP have proposed stricter work requirements as a way to do that. The winning ideas ranged from using career coaches to quicker training courses to mental health assistance.

In Georgia, where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is announcing the assistance Friday, participants would use an online tool developed by the state to create individualized work plans.

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