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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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House, Senate on tax-cut collision course

May 7, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

AUSTIN – The Texas House on Tuesday backed a plan to slash sales and business taxes by $4.9 billion, keeping the chamber on a collision course with the Senate on the issue. The Texas Senate already has approved a $4.4 billion plan to cut the business tax and offer a bigger homestead exemption from the …

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Bill on high-rise sprinklers prog­ressing through Texas House

Apr 24, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

AUSTIN, Texas - A bill making its way through the Texas House of Representatives would require local fire departments to identify which residential high-rise buildings do not have sprinkler systems. House Bill 4011, filed by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, would also require that information to be made known to the State Fire Marshal’s Office annually. The …

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Rangel: For Rep. Fischer, knowing rules can be powerful

Apr 20, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Enrique Rangel AUSTIN — Argh. There is hardly anything more frustrating in the Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives than when a member delays or, worse, kills a bill with a point of order. But for San Antonio’s Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer and other Democrats in the 150-member chamber, when you don’t have the votes to …

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House gives preliminary approval for open carry bill

Apr 20, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Lauren McGaughy AUSTIN — The state House on Friday gave preliminary approval to the licensed open carry of handguns, all but guaranteeing the controversial measure’s passage into law. The vote marked the culmination of months of momentum behind the open carry movement, fueled in part by a host of Tea Party candidates who won …

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Texas Lawmakers Consider Minimum Wage Hike

Apr 8, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

FULL VIDEO HERE The minimum wage debate is back at the state Capitol. “It is way past time to raise the minimum wage,” Becky Moeller, president of Texas AFL-CIO, said. Texas workers are currently paid an hourly wage of at least $7.25, the federal minimum wage standard. “With that you can’t even pay your rent …

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House Democrats Push Minimum Wage Hike

Apr 8, 2015 No Comments ›› tmf

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune Claudia Colon, single mother of a 4-year-old son, cleans between 35 and 40 guest rooms a day at an Austin hotel. She makes $8.25 an hour, or $330 a week. “Can you imagine what it feels like to have a full-time job and not have enough money to take care of your children?” Colon, …

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