83rd Legislature

Texas Legislature
12:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Bill To Establish Exoneration Commission Expected To Pass Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House overwhelming approved House Bill 166, a bill that would set up a governor-appointed exoneration commission.

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, authored the bill that sets up the Timothy Cole Exoneration Commission, named after the late Tim Cole who died in prison before his name could be cleared.

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Texas Legislature - Lottery
10:14 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Rollercoaster Ride For The Texas Lottery Commission

Texas Lottery Commission

House Bill 2197, which is authored by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, was set to continue the funding for the Texas Lottery Commission for the next 12 years.

However, the bill was initially defeated, a move that Anchia said took him by surprise:

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Texas Legislature
2:30 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

LCRA Oversight Bill Expected To Die In Committee

Lower Colorado River Authority

A bill that would bring the Lower Colorado River Authority under the review of the Sunset Commission causes sparks to fly in a House committee.

The bill also would allow the district served by the LCRA to elect the members of the quasi-governmental board rather than all 15 being appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. 

The bill’s author, Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said her second bill addresses the review of the LCRA and its activities by the Sunset Commission.

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Medicaid Expansion
11:34 am
Tue April 23, 2013

House Republican Plan For Medicaid Expansion Moves Forward

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Proposals were made by both the Republicans and Democrats in the House, but it is House Bill 3791, the Republican "Texas-ccentric" plan, that is heading to the House floor for a vote. 

The plan is to get federal dollars in the form of a block grant that is used to create a state alternative to Medicaid expansion, though the federal government has not said if such a grant will be given.

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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Agenda Texas: Looming Legislative Deadlines

Calendar by Texas Legislative Council

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 5:31 pm

Over 6,000 bills were filed in the 2013 legislative session. And historically speaking, only about 20 percent of them will be signed into law.

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Texas Legislature
3:03 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

State Of Texas Could Start Paying You 5 Cents For Your Empties

Chris Eudaily TPR

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said SB 645 will add a redeemable 5 cents on every beverage bottle sold in Texas - glass, aluminum or plastic. If the bill passes, Texas would join 10 other states who have such a program.

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Texas Legislature - Transportation
12:12 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Could A $30 Vehicle Registration Increase Be The Answer To Road Construction?

Are increased fees for vehicle registration going to solve the road maintenance problem?
Chris Eudaily TPR

A bill in the Texas House calls for an increase in vehicle registration fees in order to help fix Texas roads and pay down debt. 

Rep. Drew Darby, R- San Angelo, said his bill does away with fund diversions by reallocating the portion of the state’s highway fund that currently goes towards the DMV and DPS and has that money go toward road construction.

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Texas Legislature
9:38 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Republicans Remove "Global Warming" From Environmental Bill

The United States pollution pie in 2006. Each slice represents a different state.
Anonymous IBM Many Eyes

House Bill 788 will allow the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue permits for greenhouse gas emissions, but a last minute change to the bill removed the phrase, "climatic changes, including global warming."

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, initially supported the bill until this change in wording.

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Texas Legislature
12:18 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Senate Passes Bill To Prepare Texas Teachers For Campus Shooter Situation

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A bill that helps  to train teachers and school administrators to take action during a school shooting is working its way through the legislature.  

Following several changes, SB 17, a bill authored by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, passed the Senate, but initially fellow lawmakers were concerned with the cost, which was originally listed at $9 million.

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Medicaid Expansion
10:36 am
Thu April 18, 2013

House Republicans Put Forward Second Option For Medicaid Expansion

Chris Eudaily TPR

After hearing the Democratic plan to accept Medicaid expansion dollars, a House appropriations subcommittee heard the leading Republican plan that calls for not taking the money, and instead asks the federal government for a block grant.

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