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Air conditioning to remedy heat at Texas prison after legal settlement

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has installed air conditioning in a prison near Navasota as part of a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by inmates over excessive heat at the facility. The settlement requires TDCJ to install … Continue reading

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Texas Legislature reviewing Hurricane Harvey school costs

When Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast last August, it caused extensive damage to school facilities in districts that educate about 1.4 million students. The physical and economic damage left in its wake has required some students to attend school … Continue reading

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States consider campus free speech policies

With incidents around the nation testing free speech policies on college and university campuses, some states have responded by enacting or considering legislation for their public institutions. Issues that have surfaced nationwide include institutions restricting protests to certain areas on campus, … Continue reading

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Texas reviews how court rulings affect public information law

Lawmakers continue to review the effects of a 2015 Texas Supreme Court ruling that allows certain government contracting information to be withheld from public disclosure. Boeing v. Paxton addressed a provision of the Texas Public Information Act (PIA) that allows information to be withheld if it would … Continue reading

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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.

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