Government

Texas Legislature
11:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Committee Approves Water Bill Despite Funding Disagreement

Texas state capitol in Austin
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Committee on Natural Resources has sent a water funding bill to the House floor that addresses one of the key points stressed by Governor Perry at the start of this legislative session. 

Rep. Allan Ritter, R- Nederland, said HB 4 provides$2 billion of state funds that city municipalities and businesses can tap into for their water needs.

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Texas Legislature
1:03 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Bills Filed Addressing Gun Show Loophole And High-Capacity Magazines

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Over 36 gun bills have been introduced so far this legislative session, ranging from lessening the time it takes to obtain a Concealed Handgun License, to bills like the one authored by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston that puts additional regulations on gun-owners and sellers.

"Currently Texas allows private weapon sales at gun-shows without background checks, so I filed a bill -- SB 1626 -- and it will require background checks for every gun sold in the state of Texas," Ellis said.

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Texas Legislature
3:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Removing Politics From The State Board Of Education

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

A Texas lawmaker his filed a bill that would completely revamp the structure of the State Board of Education.

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said she filed House Bill 906 in order to change how the State Board of Education members are elected because of what she calls some "glaring defects."

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Texas Legislature
12:11 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Texas Lawmaker Targets LCRA For Oversight & Re-Structuring

Lower Colorado River Authority

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, is hoping to changing the way the Lower Colorado River Authority does business.  She has authored a set of bills -- HB 585 and HB 635 -- which would submit the LCRA's operations and its board members before the Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Higher Education
9:20 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Should College Students Be Required To Do Community Service In Order To Graduate?

San Antonio's Trey Martinez Fischer wants to require college students to do community service before they can graduate.
Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

A law being floated in the Texas House would require college students to perform community service before they would be allowed to graduate.

San Antonio Representative Trey Martinez Fisher says he wrote the bill with one objective in mind.

"We want to make sure our students are coming out of college with a well-rounded experience"

Martinez Fischer points out that there needs to be a meaningful experience for students that is outside of the academic framework. 

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The Source
11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Rep. Lyle Larson Pushes Legislative Term Limits

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.
Rep. Lyle Larson

We all saw Governor Rick Perry running for President while still getting a check for being Governor and the state paying for his personal security and some of his travel. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, says it’s time for that to stop.

Larson has filed a bill called "Resign to Run" that would require candidates to resign from a state office if they are seeking a new position.

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Texas Legislature
3:21 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Texas Senate Approves Restoration Of Some Education/Medicaid Funds

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

Education funding took a massive hit during the 2011 legislative session as law makers tried to balance the budget. About 5.4 billion dollars was cut, but many lawmakers in this session are hopeful that the full amount can be restored.

A little under a third of the funding restoration has been approved by the Texas Senate, which unanimously approved 1.7 billion additional dollars be allocated to Texas Schools. The Austin-American Statesman reports an additional 4.5 million dollars was allocated to Medicaid and healthcare for children.

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City Government
9:43 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Disagreements On Key Issues In Three-Candidate District 3 Race

Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna six months after her appointment to the San Antonio City Council works at her field office at Brooks City Base.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Voters will head to the polls on  Saturday, May 11, and the race for the District 3 seat is getting tense. The seat's current occupant, Leticia Ozuna, did not win the seat by election. She was appointed in January 2012 to fulfill Jennifer Ramos' term.

Ramos left the city council to focus on a campaign for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 1 a race that she ultimately lost.

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City Government
2:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Accusations Fly In Race For San Antonio Council District 8

Current District 8 City Councilman Reed Williams will not seek another term after serving for the last 4 years.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Known for his voice of reason and scrutiny of topics that come across the dais on city council days, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams will not be seeking his third term. This has thrown the door wide open to a list of people ready to fill the seat.

Rolando Briones, an engineer, Ron Nirenberg, associate general manager of Trinity’s jazz station KRTU, and Michael Kueber, a retired attorney, are all ready to be the next city councilman.

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City Government
6:20 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Judge Nelson Wolff Supports Proposed City-County Consolidation

Nelson Wolff's letter in support of the consolidation.
County Commissioner Nelson Wolff

Bexar County Judge Nelson has placed his support behind a bill in the legislature that would consolidate the governments of San Antonio and Bexar County into a single entity.

A pair of bills filed by state Rep. Lyle Larson would create a single government combining San Antonio’s City Council with the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court.

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