Monthly Archives: September 2014

State lawmakers review options for federal Clean Power Plan

Texas would have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its coal-fired power plants to 39 percent below 2012 levels by 2030 under proposed rules released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June. State officials in Texas have discussed whether to … Continue reading

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Lawmakers to revisit use of State Highway Fund money

State lawmakers are expected in 2015 to consider dedicating all of the money from the State Highway Fund (Fund 6) to highway construction and maintenance, rather than using some of it for law enforcement or other needs. Dedicating these funds is one of several proposals … Continue reading

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Fee on certain tobacco products ruled unconstitutional

The Third Court of Appeals in Travis County recently affirmed a lower court ruling that a fee on cigarettes and cigarette tobacco manufactured by certain small producers was an unconstitutional tax. The state is expected to appeal the ruling to … Continue reading

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Committee hears testimony on public information requests

The amount of time local governments spend responding to requests for information under the state’s Public Information Act (PIA) was on the agenda at a recent hearing of the House Government Efficiency and Reform Committee. The committee heard testimony on whether a public entity … Continue reading

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