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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. The Texas Interconnection, also known as … Continue reading

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Legislative committees want degree planning for Texas students enrolled in dual-credit courses

As enrollment has increased in dual-credit programs in Texas, state lawmakers have raised concerns that some high school students may be taking college courses that will not count toward their degree programs. Proposals could emerge during the regular session of … Continue reading

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Legislature to consider requests for increased spending on cybersecurity

In writing the state budget for fiscal 2020-21, the 86th Legislature will consider proposals to increase spending on cybersecurity. Appropriations for cybersecurity are not contained in a single line item but spread across state agencies and included in various strategies, projects, … Continue reading

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