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Texas Legislature tasks licensing agency with oversight of fuel pumps

Regulatory responsibility for motor fuel metering and quality will be transferred from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) under a bill passed this year by the 86th Texas Legislature and signed … Continue reading

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Texas allows rural hospitals to use telemedicine to qualify as level IV trauma centers

The closure of a number of rural hospitals in recent years has raised questions about rural Texans’ access to critical medical services. HB 871 by Price, signed by the governor on May 28 and effective September 1, will allow rural healthcare facilities, after … Continue reading

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Texas lawmakers expand school marshal program

As part of a state effort to strengthen school safety in the wake of a shooting last year that left 10 people dead at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, the Legislature in 2019 considered measures to expand the … Continue reading

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States address grid security through open government laws

Many state legislatures and the U.S. Congress in recent years have amended open government laws in an effort to protect critical energy infrastructure from cybersecurity threats and man-made physical threats, such as vandalism, theft, or attack. Open government or “sunshine” … Continue reading

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Lawmakers may consider electric grid security in Texas

The electric grid in Texas, which produces and consumes more electricity than any other state, is one of three largely independent grid interconnections that make up the power system in the contiguous United States.

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