Government

News about politics and government.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Block walking is an effective way to reach voters, according to Corey Clark. He's the 26-year-old small business owner who is running for San Antonio City Council District 9 in the May 10 joint, special and bond election.

"Morning, y'all," he said to residents off Bitters Tuesday. "I'm running for city office right now, District 9 city councilman."

Texas General Land Office

After 29 years of waiting for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to settle their claims, officials met with dozens of property owners who are disputing a federal land grab along the Texas-Oklahoma border.

The case involves about 90,000 acres of land along the Red River, the region's natural border with Oklahoma. Tommy Henderson, who lives near Wichita Falls, has 140 acres of the disputed land on his property. Henderson said the dispute centers around where the BLM believes the river begins, which currently is considered public domain.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Among the list of candidates on the ballot for the May 10th joint, special and bond election is Joe Krier. The District 9 councilman hopes to lock in the seat for the next year.

It's been nearly six months since the San Antonio City Council picked Krier to fill the vacated seat of Elisa Chan's unexpired term.

And in that time, Krier said he's learned just how important basic city services are but that it does take quite a bit of time to do it all. He's a self-professed conservative who represents a rather conservative North Side district.

TPR News

Last session lawmakers passed a bill that provides employers liability relief when they hire nonviolent offenders. In this interim period ahead of the 2015 session, members of the House are considering adding landlords to that same list.

Studies show former offenders with stable housing are less likely to commit another crime, which is one of the reasons the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence is discussing whether to provide legal protection by allowing landlords liability relief when they rent to ex-offenders.

As Gov. Rick Perry's coercion trial moves forward, one state lawmaker is asking whether or not the state should be footing the bill for Perry's defense.

State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to provide his legal opinion on the matter.

Pages