83rd Legislature

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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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"

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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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Texas Legislature
5:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Gov. Perry Voices Disapproval Of Larson's "Pay-It-Back" Bill

Rep. Lyle Larson

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, who authored House Bill 160, which mandates Gov. Rick Perry pay back the state for travel and security expenses incurred during his presidential campaign, got his chance to talk to Perry about it face to face.  

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Texas Legislature
9:11 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Bill To Register And Track Family Violence Offenders Passes House

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has passed House Bill 21, which sets up a statewide database to track the location of repeat offenders that have been convicted of family violence.  

The bill, which is authored by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, sets up a registry of anyone convicted three times on charges of family violence and/or child abuse. 

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Texas Legislature
2:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Are Texas Public Schools Criminalizing Children By Ticketing Students For Misbehavior?

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Two Senate lawmakers and the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court are asking the state to look into the possible disparity of minority children being criminally ticketed for misbehaving in the classroom. 

"An estimated 300,000 misdemeanor tickets are issued in our state’s schools each year," said Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. "We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses."

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