Monthly Archives: June 2014

Texas continuing executions with compounded drugs

Changes by Texas and other states to the drugs used in executions and restrictions on information about suppliers of the drugs have resulted in litigation challenging the executions. In Texas, some critics have called for a halt to executions involving … Continue reading

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AG issues opinion on bill banning Common Core standards

Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion addressing potential overlap between the required curriculum standards for Texas public schools and the Common Core standards used in many other states. HB 462 by Huberty, enacted by the 83rd Legislature in 2013, prohibits school districts … Continue reading

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Legislature may debate video confirmation of pull-tab bingo

Whether bingo players in Texas may use electronic machines to learn if they are winners when playing instant pull-tab bingo games could be considered by the Texas Legislature in 2015. The Lottery Commission, which oversees charity bingo in Texas, has … Continue reading

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State ‘stand-your-ground’ laws examined

Two recent trials have highlighted Florida’s self-defense and “stand-your-ground” laws, fueling calls to review similar laws in other states, including Texas. Stand-your-ground laws typically address whether a person has a duty to retreat from an attacker and what type of … Continue reading

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