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Capital Highlights: Task force on concert safety …

Gov. Greg Abbott last week announced the formation of a task force on concert safety after at least nine people were killed and hundreds injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Nov. 5. …

Young appointed to TX Supreme Court and 6 other …

Evan Young, a former clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has been appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by Gov. Greg Abbott. He will replace Justice Eva Guzman, who resigned in …

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS: Drought expands throughout state, …

Texas is drying up. Warmer and drier conditions are being reported throughout much of the state, reports the Texas Water Development Board. Approximately one-fifth of the state is now experiencing …

Capital Highlights: Early voting begins on 8 proposed …

If history is an indicator, Texas voters will likely go to the polls on Nov. 2 in underwhelming numbers to decide the fate of eight proposed amendments to the state’s constitution. With no …

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS: Illegal voting penalty options and …

Abbott wants to increase illegal voting penalties Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Legislature to increase the penalty for illegal voting, adding the item to the third special session now …

Third special session focuses on redistricting, and 5 …

The Texas Legislature convened Monday for its third special session with the focus on redrawing political boundaries for House and Senate districts, as well as for the state’s congressional …

Capital Highlights: Elections bill passes House along …

The Texas House approved an elections bill Friday along party lines with 21 Democrats declining to participate. The bill, slightly different from previously passed Senate legislation, now heads a …

Capital highlights: Workforce commission announces job …

The Texas Workforce Commission released June employment figures that showed Texas employers added nearly 56,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.5%. “The Texas economy …

Democrats sue over defunding of legislative branch and …

House Democrats filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court on Friday, seeking to overturn Gov. Greg Abbott’s veto of funding for the legislative branch. As the Austin American-Statesman …

Capital Highlights: Lumber price surge not affecting …

One economic consequence of the pandemic lockdown has been a surge in lumber prices of more than 300%, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. However, landowners who grow and harvest timber …

Capital Highlights: 7 state news bits Katy area …

Special session coming this fall Texas lawmakers will adjourn the regular session on Monday — Memorial Day — but Gov. Greg Abbott has already indicated he will call a special session …

Capital Highlights: 5 statewide things Katy readers …

A bid to expand health coverage for low-income Texans failed in the Texas House last week, 80-68. State leaders have long opposed expanding the Medicaid program, which is largely funded by the …

Capital Highlights: 7 Texas-sized news bits Katy area …

Early voting underway across stateEarly voting began Monday for May 1 elections in county, city and school district elections.Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs encourages all eligible voters to take …

Capitol Highlights: Texans face droughts, examine …

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month The latest report on child maltreatment fatalities and near fatalities, compiled by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, indicates 251 …

Capital Highlights: Texas COVID-19 update, border …

As the 87th Texas Legislative Session chugs along and the pandemic appears to be on the decline, here are seven decisions coming out of Austin that Texans should know about. Bill tightening voting …

Capital Highlights: 6 things coming out of Austin …

PUC chair resigns in wake of call to energy investors  Arthur D’Andrea, the chair and sole remaining member of the Public Utility Commission, resigned late last week at the request of …

Capital Highlights: Unemployment remains high as …

State’s jobless rate still double record low The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.8% in January, down a tick from December’s 6.9% rate but double the record low of 3.4% in …

Capital Highlights: 6 Texas issues Katy area residents …

 Mask mandate ends March 10; many entities to continue requiring them While Gov. Gregg Abbott has lifted the statewide mandate to wear a mask in public and allowed all businesses to operate …

Capital Highlights: State addressing power outages, …

 Millions of Texans dealing with water supply issues Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But …

Texans urged to roll up their sleeves, capitol reopens …

Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage the public to follow suit. “I will never ask any Texan to do something that …
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