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Government
3:12 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Budget Requests A Challenge For City Council During Shortfall

Bexar County

The city of San Antonio is facing a $35 to $50 million shortfall in the general fund for 2014, but outside agencies are requesting funding in the next budget before decisions are made to cut or reduce their piece of the pie.

These are items that are considered unfunded, and city leaders must figure out if the city can afford the requests.

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Government
2:56 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Low Black Turnout At Polls Means Struggle Isn't Over, Says Chair Of Legislative Black Caucus

State Rep. Sylvester Turner
Mose Buchele StateImpact Texas

 This week of Juneteenth, we're taking a look at the 2012 voting numbers for African-Americans, and why there is a gap between younger generations and those from the civil rights era of the 1960s.  

"Lost in translation," is what the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Houston Democratic Rep. Sylvester Turner, says may be happening when it comes to younger generation blacks showing up at the polls.  He says critical votes cast during events like the civil rights movement are simply just history for a younger generation.

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Government
11:17 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Tweets Senate Abortion Bill Was About Ending Abortion

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
Campaign photo Wikimedia Commons

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that a senate abortion bill was about ending abortion in Texas.  

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Special Session
12:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate Drops Several Key Abortion Bills In Order To Pass One During Special Session

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks last December.
Office of the Governor

Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the author of the 20-week fetal pain abortion bill, withdrew his own bill in order for lawmakers to pass something related to abortion during the special session.

Hegar said he abandoned his bill because of poor of timing.

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Bexar County
11:03 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Long-Time Tax Assessor-Collector Honored By Bexar County Commissioners

Bexar County

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners honored the late Rudy A. Garza for his years of service as the county tax assessor-collector.

Before he was Bexar County’s tax assessor-collector, Garza was chief of investigation for the district attorney’s office in the 1970s, which is when Tommy Adkisson, now a county commissioner, knew him.

Adkisson looked up to Garza as a mentor, and described him as skilled at everything he did.

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Special Session
5:05 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Transportation Funding Passes One Hurdle In Senate

Eileen Pace TPR

Senate Joint Resolution 2, which was authored by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, would continually transfer $1.8 billion to transportation once the Rainy Day Fund grew to $6 billion.

Some in the Senate, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who has seen a decade of being told "no," say the use of the Rainy Day Fund is finally somewhat defined.

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Special Session
1:52 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Republicans Attach Redistricting Maps To Another Bill To Get Them Out Of Committee

83rd Texas Legislature plan 309 for House districts.
State of Texas District Viewer

A bill that would’ve decided the fate of voting maps for members of the Texas House initially failed to pass because of several extended phone conversations.

After waiting for over 15 minutes for Republican members to return to the hearing for a vote, an order was given to find the missing representatives.  

After a vote was cast, Rep Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, who is the committee chairman, asked to be excused to check the back offices for the missing Republicans.

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Special Session
11:25 am
Tue June 18, 2013

With One Week To Go, Special Session Still Debating Abortion, Transportation & Redistricting

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some House Republicans feel that too much time is being spent debating abortion legislation during the special session and not enough time on roads.

The House first assigned a set of four abortion bills to a select committee on Monday, giving the bills a later start than their Senate companions, but despite that there are some who feel the bills have a fighting chance.

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West, Texas Relief
10:19 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Like Sex-Offender Registry, Dangerous Chemicals Website Would Pinpoint Plants

Committee hearing on West fertilizer investigation at the beginning of May.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, has asked that the State Marshall’s Office and Department of Public Safety work together to compile a website where people can identify dangerous chemical sites.

Col. Steve McCraw, who is with the Department of Public Safety, said currently there are 129 chemical plants in Texas that house dangerous chemicals, two just like the one in West.

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Immigration Reform
9:01 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Texas Business Leaders Unveil Immigration Study That Favors Bipartisan Reform

Richard Morgan Fronteras

A poll sponsored by a bipartisan group of non-profits and industry shows that a majority of Texans support a current immigration reform bill.

The poll was sponsored by the Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform.

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