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Regular session of 85th Texas Legislature reaches midpoint

As the Texas Legislature’s regular session approaches the midway point, Interim News Briefs will be going on hiatus until lawmakers have adjourned sine die on May 29. To keep up with developments during the session, please see the House Research … Continue reading

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Texas may consider telemedicine legislation

The growing use of telemedicine by Texas consumers is raising questions for the state about how best to regulate it. Telemedicine has been used in Texas since the 1980s, mostly to treat patients in hard-to-reach locations such as rural areas, … Continue reading

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Regulating transportation network companies in Texas

In Texas, a growing number of cities have passed municipal ordinances to regulate transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. TNCs are businesses that connect paying riders to drivers, usually through smartphone apps. They compete directly with taxicabs to fill … Continue reading

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State may consider revising ‘right to correct’ for nursing homes

State lawmakers this past interim discussed ways to enhance the quality of long-term care facilities in the state, including whether to limit “right-to-correct” laws that allow providers to avoid state penalties by addressing certain violations within a specified time. Legislation that would have restricted providers’ right … Continue reading

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TEA seeks funds to boost school internet connectivity

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is asking the Legislature to spend $25 million in fiscal 2018 to help school districts qualify for a federal program that discounts optical fiber construction projects. The agency said the $25 million state investment ultimately could leverage an … Continue reading

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