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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Texas teachers have mixed opinions on bid Isaac’s bill to reduce state tests

The House Public Education Committee heard a bill that would pare back the number of required standardized tests, in line with the wave of legislation limiting high-stakes testing in public schools.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Feral hog poison in Texas on hold — for now

The company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs has withdrawn its request for registration in Texas. But that doesn’t mean the battle over the warfarin based poison’s safety is finished.

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Texas House lawmakers approve bill requiring more study for hog poison

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s push to use a warfarin-based poison to kill feral hogs in the state has a long list of opponents that now includes more than two-thirds of the Legislature where Miller once served.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Isaac calls for suspension of Texas’ STAAR exam

A state representative who has passed legislation aimed at reeling in Texas’ standardized testing regime is calling on the state to ditch required STAAR exams while it “tries to iron out STAAR’s many kinks.”

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Q&A: Fight for Texas House seat features Cyrier, Golemon rematch

ELECTION 2016 | Barely more than a year ago, John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) squeaked into the Texas Legislature following a special election and runoff against Brent Golemon (R-Bastrop) for House District 17, which includes Caldwell and...

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Key legislators cut deal to fund Texas Racing Commission for 90 days

Racetracks in Texas are able to resume operations Wednesday after state officials agreed to temporarily fund the Texas Racing Commission. But discussions continue over a long-term resolution for the commission.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Hays County groundwater bill becomes law

Closing a 170.8-square-mile loophole in local groundwater regulation, legislation that dramatically expands the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District became law on Sunday.

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...

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Commentary: How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

ANDREW SANSOM, who leads the San Marcos-based Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, writes in support of proposed legislation that would “firmly dedicate future appropriations of the sporting goods sales tax exclusively to state and local...

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Tube rental, shuttle fee could fund law enforcement on San Marcos River

Revenue from the fee — statutorily capped at $3 per person — would be used to fund law enforcement and cleanup efforts on the river in Caldwell and Guadalupe counties.

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