Category Archives: State News

Lawmakers Want To Rein in Texas Universities — Four Years After Gutting Their Oversight Board

Some Texas lawmakers have complained that universities seem to be taking on ambitious projects that don’t serve the needs of the state but, lawmakers gave them that power back in 2013. The idea was that university leaders — and their governing boards of regents — were in the best position to know what’s best for their students and institutions. Now, lawmakers are having second thoughts.

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Governor Abbott Grants Waiver To Hay Carriers In Texas Panhandle Due To Wildfires

Governor Greg Abbott, on Thursday, sent a letter to the Chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV) suspending the permitting requirements, legal height restrictions and associated permit fees for carriers transporting round bales of hay to Carson, Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Potter, Roberts and Wheeler counties. This waiver applies to these eight counties as well as any Texas county through which transport is necessary to reach the disaster response area.

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Texas Privacy Act Passes Out Of Committee

The Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs passed Senate Bill 6, the Texas Privacy Act, early Wednesday morning, sending the bill to the full Senate for consideration. After a marathon hearing that lasted over eighteen hours and consisted of hundreds of witnesses, the committee voted 8 to 1 in favor of the measure, which is authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst.

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