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Texas Legislature
9:54 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Weekend Recap: Texas Is Well Armed And Ready For Action

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

Lawmakers came out of  "O.K. Corral Day" sending a clear message as over 95 percent of all gun bills heard during House’s first working Saturday were approved. 

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Texas Legislature
6:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawmakers Postpone Crucial Vote On High-Stakes Testing Bill

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011. Testing and funding continue to be big issues in this session of the legislature.
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Lawmakers managed to postpone a high-stakes testing bill on the first Friday the Senate has worked this session.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said it was an agreement in principle that the Senate would take up and pass a House bill being carried by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, which reduces the number of end-of-course exams from 15 to five.

"But apparently a number of members - principally Democrat, but some Republicans - had not been in the meeting and felt like they had not been briefed enough. And I understand that, I understand that," Patrick said.

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Texas Legislature
5:38 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

House Passes Bill Banning Practice Of Shark Finning

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House Bill 852, which has passed in the Texas House, places tighter restrictions on the controversial fishing practice called shark finning.

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Texas Legislature
3:29 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

House Republicans Have Backup Plan To Revive Water Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Republicans in the Texas House are planning to revive a water bill that died on the House Floor last week due to a technically.

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Land Rights
2:38 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Helotes-San Antonio Land Dispute Coming To A Resolution

City of Helotes sits on the northwest side of San Antonio

The cities of Helotes and San Antonio may be close to a resolution on a land deal that would allow the landlocked smaller town to gain additional territory.

A negotiated deal is on the San Antonio City Council agenda next week.

For years, Helotes and its city leaders have been in discussions with San Antonio to acquire 6.7 square miles as part of that town’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). San Antonio offered a smaller piece, but Helotes Mayor Tom Schoolcraft rejected the offer.

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U.S. Congress
10:35 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Congressman Gallego Outlines Priorities For South San Antonio

Former Congressman Charlie Gonzalez congratulates Pete Gallego on his win in last year's November election.
David Martin Davies TPR

U.S. Congressman Pete Gallego reported to members of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce on his own legislative agenda for that section of his broad district.

The South Side of San Antonio has grown since the Base Realignment Commission (BRAC), the opposite of what most people in the mid 1990s thought would happen.

What once were fields surrounding Brooks and Kelly Air Force Bases are now buzzing centers of energy surrounding the new Brooks City Base and Port San Antonio.

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Texas Legislature - Immigration
4:39 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Texas Legislators Urge President & Congress To Act On Immigration

The White House

Republicans are signing on to state legislation that urges the federal government to create a roadmap to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

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Texas Legislature
3:31 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Committee Discusses Surveillance Bill And Potential Effect On Boston Bombing

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A bill addressing privacy issues would require police and other state agencies to develop signage for any area of the state under the watch of a surveillance camera.  

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety heard House Bill 3165, which not only requires that those using surveillance cameras put up a notice, it also requires those agencies have a website where the public can view a live stream of what is being filmed.

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Texas Legislature
1:21 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

First Working Weekend For House Turning Into "O.K. Corral Day"

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

The Texas House is gearing up for their first working weekend and there are 15 gun bills scheduled for discussion and possible vote. Some lawmakers are also referring to it as "Survivalist Saturday."

Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, sat down to discuss some of the bills, including his own that reduces the amount of training required for a concealed handgun

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Texas Legislature
10:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Though Privacy Concerns Cited, State Immunization Registry Bill Passes House

Ryan Poppe TPR News

House Bill 772 changes the way the state records immunizations and has ruffled a few feathers in the Texas House. 

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said the bill is not about tracking a person based on the number of immunizations, it’s about convenience.

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