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Friday, June 12th, 2015

State budget includes $500K to keep Texas Almanac in print

Tucked in the $209 billion budget lawmakers passed last month is a budget rider allocating $500,000 for a nonprofit to publish the Texas Almanac, a reference guide that had gotten by for over a century as a for-profit publication.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Commentary: The Christian case for legalizing marijuana

State Rep. DAVID SIMPSON writes, “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix. The time has come for a thoughtful discussion of the prudence of our prohibition approach...

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Texas House passes water bill

The Texas House approved legislation Wednesday that would use $2 billion to start funding water projects in the state. House Bill 4, by state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, would create a water bank that would offer loans...

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Straus re-elected speaker by acclamation

After the last of his challengers dropped out Tuesday, San Antonio Republican Joe Straus was elected to a third term as speaker of the Texas House. State Rep. Jason Isaac was among those who delivered a nominating...

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

At PUC hearing, a push for smart meter opt-out plan

In front of a crowd of more than 200 people, the Public Utility Commission on Tuesday heard repeated calls to create an opt-out program for people who do not want smart electric meters installed at their homes.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Straus overwhelmingly chosen House speaker

The Texas House formally re-elected San Antonio Republican Speaker Joe Straus. In a 132-15 record vote, members chose to stick with the moderate, "will-of-the-House" speaker as opposed to overthrowing him with someone more conservative. Two lawmakers, including...

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