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Legislature revises laws to address cyberbullying

Texas lawmakers this year revised state laws on bullying and cyberbullying among youth, and school districts began implementing the changes with the new school year. A new law, SB 179 by Menéndez, is called “David’s Law” in honor of David Molak, … Continue reading

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Proposed constitutional amendments to go before voters

Voters will consider seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution in the Nov. 7 election. The propositions were approved for the ballot by the 85th Legislature earlier this year. Among the issues to be considered by voters are proposals to: provide a homestead exemption … Continue reading

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Local governments to identify cost of public notices

Under a new Texas law, political subdivisions other than junior college districts will have to include a line item in their budgets showing how much they spend on notices they are required by law to publish in a newspaper. SB 622 … Continue reading

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Texas limits out-of-school suspensions for young students

Texas public school students in prekindergarten through grade 2 no longer may be placed in out-of-school suspension for certain disciplinary infractions under a law enacted this year by the 85th Legislature. HB 674 by E. Johnson, which took effect June … Continue reading

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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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