83rd Legislature

Special Session
9:04 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate Duo Says They Have Answer To Solve Transportation Funding Crisis

Eileen Pace TPR

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, said his plan uses a portion of the Rainy Day Fund without actually taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund.

"What it does is once you pass a certain threshold and as the fund approaches filling, which it got pretty close, then it would splinter part of that off for constitutionally dedicating some of that revenue stream to transportation," Nichols said.

Nichols says this will allow the Rainy Day Fund to continue to grow, but not as quickly. Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, helped solidify the financing portion of the plan.

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Special Session
11:27 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawmakers Begin Filing Bills For Special Session Consideration

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The first non-redistricting bills have begun to trickle in at the state capitol for the special session.  

So far none of the legislation has been placed on the special session agenda by Gov. Rick Perry, but the first bill unrelated to the focus of redistricting was filed by Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands.

Toth's bill was modeled after a bill filed in the regular session that makes it a crime to enforce any new federal guns laws.

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Special Session
9:11 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Will Windstorm Insurance Agency Reform Make It Into The Special Session?

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas. A storm of this size could cause big problems for TWIA.
National Weather Service

Texas House members are urging Gov. Rick Perry to call for reforming various governmental programs during the special session.

Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-League City, is hoping the governor will call for lawmakers to change the funding structure for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, a quasi-governmental group that provides reduced-rate insurance coverage against a hurricane.

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Texas Legislature
6:26 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Governor Perry Signs "Landmark" Water Infrastructure Bill

Voters will have their say on the $2 billion proposed for water projects in November.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law bill providing $2 billion for water-related projects . The bill provides the funding for the next 50 years of water-projects.

"It should help supply our water supply for generations, even though we are expecting rapid population increases and economic growth. Water is an essential part of everyone’s life, it is ensuring that those adequate supplies are available, means better jobs, it means stronger communities, it means healthier families," Perry said.

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Texas Legislature
11:51 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Oversight & Transparency Bills Casualties Of Governor's Legislative Agenda

rickperry.org

At the start of the legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry outlined several agenda items, one of which was over $1 billion dollars in tax cuts for businesses.

A bill calling for additional transparency and effectiveness of those tax cuts was added as an amendment, but taken off when voted on in the Texas House and also faced the threat of a veto by the governor.

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The Source - May 27, 2013
10:01 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Source: Memorial Day - BRAC, The Legislature And The Civilian Conservation Corps

Texas Parks and Wildlife

In the first segment:

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) is looking at another round of real estate adjustments. In the past, BRAC closed San Antonio’s Kelly Air Force Base but it has also expanded the military’s medical operations in the Alamo City.

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is leading an effort to protect the city’s military assets from future possible cuts.

In the second segment:

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Special Session
9:04 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Tensions At All Time High as Lt. Governor Makes An Agenda For Special Session

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is causing a stir at the capitol after issuing a list of things he’d like to see during a special session.

Dewhurst said there are several key items that he felt lawmakers should have been able to address this session:

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Texas Matters
3:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm-Insurance Disaster Looms As Hurricane Season Approaches

2008's Hurricane Ike off the coast of Texas.
National Weather Service

The 83rd Legislature is finished on Monday and so far there is no permanent fix for a state-funded storm insurance company as hurricane season approaches. Want to know the secret behind which bills pass and which ones fail? Follow the money. Also on this show: This summer's projected strain on the state's electric grid, and a border reunion between two villages.

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Texas Legislature
2:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Senate & House Education Leaders Say They Have Charter School And Testing Deal

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The last few days for Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and his House companion, Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, have been rough, especially when it comes to sealing the votes needed for a bill that increases the number of charter schools in the state and another reducing the number of course exams.

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

In Legislative Homestretch, Transportation & Education Funding Still Uncertain

Eileen Pace TPR

Tensions between the House and Senate over education funding have hit an all-time high this session, and that along with an added provision related to fees charged to overweight 18 wheelers worries Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, because of the transportation dollars tied to those same spending bills.

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