Government

Texas Legislature
2:52 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Texas Legislature Scores Poorly On Healthcare, Emissions

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group of Texas lawmakers announced a snapshot of where the state is headed on issues like healthcare, environmental quality and education.

It’s called Texas on the Brink, which is a collection of statistics on the State of Texas. Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, is the chairman of the group.

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Mayor Julián Castro
1:49 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

First Paid Speaking Engagement For Mayor Castro

Though the mayor has been a familiar face around the country since his DNC keynote, this is the first time he will be paid for an appearance.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be giving the keynote speech Tuesday at the National Development Council's three-day training seminar in Washington, D.C.

It is the first speech he'll be getting paid to deliver.

The National Development Council works with cities on economic and community development, helping to revitalize areas that desperately need attention.

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Water Rights
12:39 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Texas Vs. Mexico Water Fight Takes Turn In State's Favor

Laurel Morales Fronteras

Since the start of the legislative session, Rep. Eddie Lucio, D-Harlingen, has made it clear that Mexico needs to release the over 400,000 acre feet of water owed to Texas.

His fellow lawmakers have now joined that fight as his resolution addressing the issue passed on the House floor with unanimous vote.

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Transportation
9:18 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Announces Bond Plan To Solve Transportation Problems

Eileen Pace TPR

During the Texas Lyceum Conference on Transportation Friday, Gov. Rick Perry announced his plan to fix funding issues with transportation costs. 

"On every car or truck sold in the state of Texas, we take in sales tax. The amount we take in on those sales is increasing steadily. I propose we dedicate the future growth in sales tax collected on motor vehicles to transportation infrastructure," Perry said.

The governor said Texas should take advantage of the state’s relatively low debt to fix roads, like those in the Eagle Ford Shale and Burnet Shale areas of the state.

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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

$6 Billion Of Rainy Day Fund Marked For Water And Roads - Education Left Off

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Committee on Finance gave their approval for tapping into the state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund to pay for future water and transportation needs.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that doesn’t include any of the money going to education.

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Texas Legislature - Education
1:41 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Senate Passes Charter School Bill With Bipartisan Effort

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Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, got another win for open-enrollment charters schools and vouchers on Thursday as the bill, which would raise the number of charter schools to 215 by 2014, got little to no opposition, and even got some help from across the aisle.

The bill also calls for that number to be raised to 331 by 2019.

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Gun Control
11:34 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Committee Passes Campus-Carry Bill, Takes Up Gun-Show Loophole

Oleg Volt Wikipedia Commons

Sparked by the campus stabbing in Houston, lawmakers in the Texas House passed a college-carry bill out of committee this morning and are hearing opposing bills related to gun restrictions.

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety passed a measure that would allow students and faculty at a public university to carry their gun on campus if they possess a CHL license.

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City Council Elections
10:39 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Redistricting Forces Candidates Into New District Race

Dist. 10 Councilman Carlton Soules speaks to residents during a town hall forum.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Arthur Thomas, 34, and Celeste Montez-Tidwell, 45, thought they’d be running in District 9 when they decided to make a run for the San Antonio City Council.

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Texas Legislature
10:04 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Senate Ends Week Passing Unemployment Drug Testing Bill

Both the House and Senate have started to pass bills in the 83rd Legislature, but nothing has made it to the governor's desk.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Similar to the bill mandating welfare recipients be screened for drugs, this bill mandates that Texans receiving unemployment benefits also be drug-tested.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that would force all unemployment applicants to go through a drug-screening process with a counselor from the Texas Workforce Commission.

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City Council
9:12 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Council Postpones Library Vote To Consider Bigger Ethical Issue

Councilwoman Elisa Chan speaks to Councilman Reed Williams during a December city council meeting.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio City Council followed the lead of District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal Thursday to hold off on a vote about a proposed library branch on the city’s north side.

The 10 members and Mayor Julián Castro initially voted to approve the project at its April 4 meeting, but District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who represents the district where the library is proposed, asked for the item to be brought back to council. This time she recused herself from the process.

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