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Jade Helm, Legalizing Weed and the OTC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week — some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating Friday panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On today's panel: Houston […]

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Public Integrity Unit and a Mega Starbucks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a change in the state’s Public Integrity Unit, to doing time in jail for not mowing your lawn, to the opening of a so-called “mega” Starbucks in Houston: a lot happens in a week here in Houston. That's why we turn to our panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, the Bad, and the […]

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Texas Brewers Battle Over How Beer is Distributed

Posted on · Two years ago, the state's craft beer industry underwent a massive reform with the passage of five bills during the 2013 legislative session. The changes included allowing breweries to make and sell their own beer and market their products to off-site retailers. The changes culminated in the largest overhaul of the beer industry since the […]

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Should the Way Texas Investigates Public Corruption Be Overhauled?

Posted on · There's a new measure that would change what agency fights public corruption in Texas government. Right now, the Public Integrity Unit investigates public corruption and is managed by the Travis County District Attorney's Office. But Senate Bill 10 would move it under the Texas Attorney General's Office. We discuss what effect such a change would […]

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Public Integrity Unit and Astros GM: Tuesday’s Show (March 31, 2015)

Posted on · There's a new measure that would change what agency fights public corruption in Texas government. Right now, the Public Integrity Unit investigates public corruption and is managed by the Travis County District Attorney's Office. But Senate Bill 10 would move it under the Texas Attorney General's Office. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Do Texting and Driving Bans Really Help Reduce Fatalities?

Posted on · After hours of sometimes heated debate Wednesday, the Texas House passed a bill that would ban texting while driving across the state of Texas. The bill allows police to pull over and fine motorists suspected of using a wireless device to read, write or send a text message while driving — unless the vehicle is […]

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Flush with Revenue, Should Texas Cut Property Taxes or Pay for Long-Overdue Projects?

Posted on · Tyler Republican State Sen. Kevin Eltife is working to build support for a combination of bills he believes will provide both a property tax cut and set a path to spend money on deferred road maintenance and paying off some pension liabilities, among other state needs. Eltife argues that while the state is unusually flush […]

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Campus Carry, Halliburton Layoffs, and Saving Butterflies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the legislature taking up another measure that would allow licensed, concealed firearms on Texas college campuses, to 5,000-6,000 layoffs at Halliburton; and from re-imagining Houston’s bus routes to saving the endangered monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts […]

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Is Truancy a Matter for Criminal Courts?

Posted on · Texas and Wyoming are the only U.S. states that will prosecute kids in adult criminal court for failing to attend school. Opponents of Texas’ truancy law characterize it not as a way to properly address truancy but rather the establishment of dropout courts. Lawmakers sought to change the system in 2013; Governor Perry vetoed legislation […]

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What Are the Big Issues at the Legislature in Education, Healthcare, Transportation and the Environment?

Posted on · The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature enters its fourth week today. Over the last week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters have been examining some of the key issues lawmakers may consider this session. On this edition of Houston Matters, we present reports from a few of them, examining proposed bills involving education, […]

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Rule Change Gives GOP Stronger Hold on Texas Senate

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted to eliminate what has come to be known as the "two-thirds rule." The move strengthens Republicans' majority power, as it scraps Democrats' ability to block bills on party-line votes. The GOP holds a 20 to 11 Senate majority. The old rule left Republicans a vote short of bringing up […]

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Lawmakers Share Their Plans for the New Legislative Session

Posted on · Today lawmakers from across the state are gathering in Austin for the kick-off of the new legislative session. Together, their main job is to pass a budget for the next two years. But local lawmakers also have their own priorities. News 88.7’s Laura Isensee has been talking to members of the Houston delegation about those […]

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What’s in Store for the 2015 Legislature?

Posted on · On the second Tuesday of odd numbered years, the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session. For a maximum of 140 days, lawmakers will decide the fate of Houstonians and Texans alike. But what does that mean for you and what are some of the bills that will be up for discussion? Â This year marks […]

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Legislature Preview, Evolution of a Criminal, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Posted on · On the second Tuesday of odd numbered years, the Texas Legislature begins its biennial session. For a maximum of 140 days, lawmakers will decide the fate of Houstonians and Texans alike. But what does that mean for you and what are some of the bills that will be up for discussion? This year marks a […]

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How the Next Legislature Could Affect Texas Healthcare

Posted on · A recent interim report from the state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services outlined a number of legislative recommendations to address some of the state’s health care challenges. We learn about the findings in the report and look ahead to what lawmakers might consider during the upcoming 84th legislative session. We welcome your questions […]