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Monday, July 24th, 2017

Texas Senate panel targets mail-in ballot fraud after high-profile case

A bill that largely relies on increased penalties to crack down on mail-in ballot fraud is headed to the Senate floor. Its movement is a new path for lawmakers who previously focused on rare in-person voter fraud.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Texas Senate committee OKs bill to outline city cellphone restrictions

Senate Bill 15 would pre-empt local ordinances on mobile phone usage, effectively rolling back provisions in more than 40 Texas cities that currently post hands-free ordinances stricter than the statewide texting ban.

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Cyrier urged Abbott to veto bill legalizing hot air balloon hunting

The Lockhart Republican fears a new Texas law that allows the hunting of wild pigs and coyotes from hot air balloons could lead to “future catastrophes” without increased oversight of commercial ballooning.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Will Texas lawmakers ax tree ordinances in more than 50 cities?

Dozens of cities and towns in Texas, including San Marcos, have ordinances aimed at protecting trees. During the special legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to change that.

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Despite bipartisan support, medical marijuana bill likely won’t reach House floor

House Bill 2107 would expand the “Compassionate Use Act” and allow the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients with debilitating medical conditions, such as terminal cancer or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Senate passes bill to eliminate most vehicle safety inspections

The Texas Senate on Thursday gave its blessing to a bill that would eliminate the state’s vehicle safety inspection requirement for most vehicles.

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The company behind the only EPA-approved pesticide for feral hogs has withdrawn its request for registration in Texas.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.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Texas Senate approves bill curbing regulation of short-term home rentals

Under Senate Bill 451 by state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, Texas cities would be prevented from banning short-term rentals and their ability to write ordinances restricting the practice would be narrowed.

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.

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