A recent EPA decision will allow Texas to regulate water discharges from oil drilling operations. Some lawmakers see a future water supply for the state in the decision, while environmental groups — and some scientists — warn it could be risky.
Phelan’s election to the gavel was one of the House’s first order of business Tuesday, when the Legislature kicked off the 2021 legislative session.
A string of explosions involving little-regulated petroleum and chemical storage tanks have lawmakers and regulators talking about new rules as the Legislature prepares to convene this month.
Contracts totaling $388 million have been awarded to Cambium Assessment and Pearson, a longtime player in testing Texas public school students, to develop and administer STAAR for the next four years.
Republicans will control the process, but a legal and political fight is sure to commence over who is empowered and whose voice is diluted.
Prior to the November election, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made waves when he suggested if Republicans were to lose their supermajority in the State Senate, he would move to lower the number of seats necessary to bring bills to the floor.
With the 2021 legislative session set to open on January 12, lawmakers are preparing to write a new state budget amid significant monetary constraints which may portend cuts to state education funding.
The owner of the Las Vegas Sands gaming company plans to lobby members of the Texas Legislature. For the effort to succeed, lawmakers would need to change the Constitution.
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