Texas Legislature

Ryan E. Poppe

Community colleges have been described by many as being a bridge for students seeking a path to a traditional four-year state university or a career, but finding the funds to provide that education can be a challenge.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas Legislature provided an additional $244 million in funding to state agencies involved with assessing and treating mental health issues among children and teenagers.   But according to the House-Select Committee on Mental Health, much of that money is not being utilized by families whose children may be suffering from some form of mental illness.

Ryan E. Poppe

In 2015, the 84th Legislature approved $10 million for the purchase of body cameras through a matching grant program that is overseen by the Governor’s office.  But since taking affect this past September; questions remain among state lawmakers as to when and how the tapes could be released to the public.

Ryan E. Poppe

Lawmakers at the state capitol are examining whether the state needs to allow more community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees.  One of those institutions is San Antonio’s Alamo Colleges, which will be pursuing that effort during the 2017 legislative session.

 

 As a way of making a four-year college more affordable, In 2003 state lawmakers passed legislation that gave a limited number of community colleges the permission to develop up to five baccalaureate degree programs.  

 

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State lawmakers at the capitol received an update on how state health officials would respond in the event of a full-blown outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness known as the Zika virus. 

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