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Let the 'pole tax' stand in Texas

The Texas Legislature has gotten a bit goofy in recent years as the state keeps shifting farther and farther to the right.

However, the 2007 Legislature got it correct when it enacted the so-called $5 per-person “pole tax” levied against patrons of strip clubs. 164 more words

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But ... what about your constituents?

The selection of a new general counsel for the Texas Department of Agriculture brings to mind a question I trust the appointee has considered: Is it fair for a state legislator, who has just won re-election, to abandon his constituents who just placed their trust in him to look after their affairs in Austin? 165 more words

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Billboard draws attention to low graduation rates

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Your son or daughter enrolls in college. So far, so good.  But years and years later that child still hasn’t graduated. That’s a problem. 277 more words


Texting ban needs to occur

So, I ran into state Rep. Four Price’s mother-in-law this week.

She told me Price, R-Amarillo, is in Austin “prefiling legislation” in advance of the next Texas Legislature, which convenes in January. 243 more words

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Texas lawmaker seeks to boost minimum wage

AUSTIN (KXAN) – We all want to get paid enough to get by and make ends meet. But a Texas lawmaker thinks the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 is too low. 309 more words


Drug Tests, Texting Bans On 1st Day Of Bill Filing

AUSTIN (AP) – Drug testing for welfare recipients and another crack at a statewide texting-while-driving ban are among bills lawmakers are filing ahead of the first legislative session under Gov.-elect Greg Abbott. 205 more words


Texting while driving in Texas would be banned by bill

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new bill seeks to ban texting while driving in the state of Texas. Rep. Tom Craddick (Midland) filed the Alex Brown Memorial Act Monday morning saying the state-wide ban would solve confusion created by the “patchwork of local ordinances that confuses drives.” 320 more words