Monthly Archives: November 2014

Further regulation of payday lending may be considered

As some local governments in Texas enact stricter consumer protections on payday and auto title lending, the 84th Legislature may consider similar proposals in 2015. A payday loan is a small cash advance delivered to consumers who agree to repay the principal … Continue reading

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States consider changes to marijuana laws

The 84th Texas Legislature may join a growing number of states revising laws on possession and use of marijuana. Recent revisions and proposed changes to marijuana laws in other states fall into three main categories: lowering criminal penalties for possession … Continue reading

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Texas considers water desalination

With Texas experiencing an ongoing drought and a rapidly growing population, planning for the state’s long-term water needs has become a top policy priority. Among the approaches called for in the most recent state water plan is more reliance on … Continue reading

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State seeking review of school finance ruling

A district court ruling that the state’s school finance system is unconstitutional could be reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court under a direct appeal request from the Texas Office of the Attorney General. Other parties, including a business group and charter school association, also … Continue reading

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