There are strong opinions in the debate over a proposed plastic bag ban. The idea has bounced back and forth between committee meetings so far, and according to staff members it will go before the full San Antonio City Council this month.
In the meantime, the 10 council members and mayor have received plenty of responses from the public. Their offices report they've received about 1,400 emails and letters, and an overwhelming number have been favorable toward a ban. Only five, they say, were opposed.
Recently the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission released a report that was highly critical of the Texas state-supported living centers. The system of institutions has a proven track record of providing substandard care and the report says they cost too much money to maintain.
Texas state-supported living centers are under a tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny as state leaders consider where they will fit in the state’s future. And as questions are raised about the substandard quality of medical care that the residents receive at the centers, a recent tragedy in Corpus Christi exposes the issue of neglect.
To hear Ashley Yates talk about her brother Sean – he certainly sounded like one of a kind.
The largest type of energy source in the state comes from natural gas, but business leaders, state officials and electric companies are still concerned about the proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Travis County judge overseeing the lawsuit against the state’s school finance system to recuse himself from the case. The problem stems from a series of emails between the judge and attorneys representing the school districts.
Officials with Open Carry Texas confirm they will have a large number of members carrying their long rifles and gunpowder pistols openly during the Texas GOP convention this week in Fort Worth. But the announcement falls on the heels of criticism from the National Rifle Association about some of the group’s tactics.
State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, said the state need not focus on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation. She said the state’s role in the VA backlog will be getting veterans to doctors while the federal system is being fixed.
Van De Putte, who chairs the Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, said she agrees with other assessments that Shinseki has been too much of a distraction while the federal government attempts to fix the VA’s system for setting medical appointments.