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Small business health insurance bill is before senate committee
(Austin) The Senate State Affairs Committee heard testimony on a bill aimed at driving down the cost of group health coverage for small business owners. Texas leads the...
Committee considers bill to mandate breath tests for DWI
(Austin) Drunk driving suspects would no longer be allowed to refuse a breath or blood test under certain circumstances, according to a bill considered before the Senate...
Comprehensive Clean Air bill heard at commitee
(Austin) Texas would redouble efforts to improve air quality under a bill considered at Thursday's Senate Natural Resources Committee. SB 16, offered by committee...
Comptroller's office offers webinars for franchise tax filers
(AUSTIN) - The Texas Comptroller's office will host two Webinars to help taxpayers and practitioners who are filing 2009 franchise tax reports, Comptroller Susan Combs...
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Staples calls for U.S. and Mexico to...
AUSTIN - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today called for the U.S. and Mexico to quickly resolve the conflict between trucks and tariffs. "With Texas...
Sabine Pass Battleground named to nation's most endangered list
SABINE PASS, Texas - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) announced this morning at a news conference that Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site is included in...
Texas Senate panel hears insurance department sunset bill
(Austin) The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) would be continued for a further 12 years, but with new standards for transparency under a bill considered before the...
New website deals with eminent domain reform
(WACO) - An interactive website devoted to changing archaic Texas eminent domain laws has been launched by the Texas Farm Bureau. Titled Reforming Eminent Domain:...
Drought costs Texas agriculture nearly $1 billion; producers hold...
AUSTIN - Recent rains across the state have provided some relief for all Texans, but for farmers and ranchers, the effects of the lingering drought continue to escalate. A...
Texas DPS adds two to Top 10 Most Wanted list
The Texas Department of Public Safety has added three fugitives to the Top 10 Most Wanted list. The fugitives on the list are wanted for a wide range of crimes, including...
Galveston Island State Park to reopen bay side of coastal park...
GALVESTON, Texas - Galveston Island State Park, shut down for the last six months due to extensive damage from Hurricane Ike, will welcome day users to the bay side of the...
Texas Senate Week in Review: March 11-17
(Austin) The Senate passed its first bill of the session Monday, approving a measure to increase oversight and resident safety at state development centers, also known as...
Texas Workforce Commission cautions against fee-for-filing scams
AUSTIN -The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) warns Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to be aware of unscrupulous business operators who may try to charge as much as 30...
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Moment of Silence Law
AUSTIN - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today upheld Texas' Moment of Silence law. As the state's lawyer, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott defended young...
Commissioner Staples asks Texans to help rebuild areas ravaged by...
HOUSTON - Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples called on all Texans today to lend a helping hand to ranchers in rural Southeast Texas still dealing with the devastation...
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