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Attorney general opinion addresses definition of electronic voting machine

A Texas attorney general opinion issued in October says a voting machine producing marked paper ballots as an added security measure qualifies as a direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machine under Texas law as long as it meets additional statutory requirements. Election … Continue reading

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New law requires freestanding emergency centers to post health insurance information

A law enacted in 2017 by the 85th Texas Legislature, HB 3276 by Oliverson, requires a freestanding emergency medical care facility to list all health insurance plans for which the facility is a participating provider. These facilities, which have become more … Continue reading

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Texas Legislature’s 2017 regular and special sessions in review

The 85th Texas Legislature considered a variety of issues in 2017. Members filed 6,800 bills and joint resolutions during the regular session, which ended May 29, and 560 bills and joint resolutions during the first called session, which ended August 15. In the regular … Continue reading

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Legislature directs some pre-K spending on quality standards

The 85th Texas Legislature last year eliminated funding for a grant program designed to improve the quality of prekindergarten (pre-K) programs but adopted a budget rider requiring all districts and charter schools offering pre-K to use a portion of their regular formula … Continue reading

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Laws let Texans donate to fund testing of sexual assault kits

Two laws enacted by the 85th Legislature this year allow Texans who are obtaining a driver’s license or registering a vehicle to contribute money for the testing of evidence from sexual assaults or other sex crimes. By early 2018, the … Continue reading

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