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Two San Antonio Lawmakers Make ‘Texas Monthly’ Ten Best List

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

Posted By Michael Marks on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 A couple of San Antonio legislators made Texas Monthly’s much-anticipated Ten Best and Ten Worst legislators list today. The magazine releases the list after every Legislature. San Antonio Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and Ruth Jones McClendon both made the “best” list for this session. No one from the Bexar County delegation …

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Texas GOP tries to pluck the liberal thorn from its side

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For years Republicans have controlled every lever of Texas politics — every statewide office, both houses of the Legislature, the state Supreme Court. Every nexus of power, that is, but one: the capital city. Liberal Austin has made itself a painful exception to Republican rule. The big …

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High-rise sprinkler bill heads to governor

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Drew Joseph June 2, 2015 A bill prompted by the fatal fire at the Wedgwood Senior Living apartments last year that would create new sprinkler system mandates for certain local high-rises has passed through the Legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature. The bill, from state Rep. Rick Galindo, R-San Antonio, requires residential high-rises in Bexar County that do …

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Texas GOP Immigration Crackdown Fizzled … What Gives?

Jun 10, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Tony Cantu SA Current AUSTIN — The 2015 session of the Texas Legislature, which ended last week rather unceremoniously, was widely panned as a bust. Immigrant advocates couldn’t be any happier. They’re claiming victory. “We were very excited, but it kept us on our toes,” Chloe Sikes, a member of the Coalition to Save In-State Tuition, …

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Americans get it about income inequality

Jun 4, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

BY O. RICARDO PIMENTEL : JUNE 4, 2015 : What Texas legislators feared most about a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage was that voters would approve it. People who make the current wage, $7.25 per hour, don’t have legions of lobbyists to plead their case or associations to make campaign donations. The proof that the …

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Texas lawmakers pass bill letting people carry guns on college campuses

Jun 3, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Morgan Smith | The Texas Tribune June 3 Legislation requiring public universities in Texas to allow handguns in dorms, classrooms and campus buildings is now on the verge of becoming law. After final approval from the Texas legislature over the weekend, Senate Bill 11 was sent to Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who has said he will sign the measure, …

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Lege Lines: Budget fight on the horizon,TMF thwarts anti-choice measures

May 7, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER, FRI., MAY 1, 2015 Budget Battle Here! Taxes Fight Over There! The only thing that lawmakers absolutely have to get done during the legislative session is pass thebudget. So inevitably, it becomes the ugliest fight, fought on two battlefields. The melee warmed up last week with both chambers announcing their conferees to walk into …

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House passes bill requiring review of high-rise buildings without sprinkler systems

May 7, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House passed a bill that would establish statewide assessments of all residential high-rise buildings without sprinkler systems. The bill, by Representative Trey Martinez Fischer was filed in response to last year’s deadly Wedgwood Apartments fire. Six people were killed when the high-rise senior living facility caught fire. It did not …

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Defenders investigation into synthetic urine prompts legi­slation

May 7, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Myra Arthur Anchor/Reporter KSAT SAN ANTONIO - A KSAT 12 Defenders investigation could help pave the way for a change in Texas law regarding the sale of synthetic urine. The product is legally bought and sold in Texas despite its widely known use as a way to try to fraudulently pass a drug screening. A woman who …

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House Passes $4.9 Billion Tax Cut

May 7, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

The Texas House tentatively approved a $4.9 billion tax relief plan Tuesday that includes a cut to the state’s sales tax, marking a clear line in the sand against the Senate, which favors property tax cuts. The House voted 141-0 for House Bill 31 by Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, which would cut the state sales tax …

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