Category Archives: General Government

Governor, agencies waive some state licensing rules in response to COVID-19

On March 13, Gov. Abbott issued a proclamation declaring a state of disaster for all Texas counties due to the imminent threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Anticipating the need for essential licensed workers to provide critical services, the governor … Continue reading

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Texas revises rules for temporary early voting sites

A new Texas law being challenged in federal court ends the practice of mobile voting and establishes new requirements for temporary branch polling places used in early voting.

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Texas Legislature’s 2019 session in review

The 86th Texas Legislature considered a variety of proposals during its biennial session in 2019. Among the major bills enacted were those that revised the property tax system and the school finance system, addressed state and local disaster response and … Continue reading

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Proposed constitutional amendments to go before voters

Voters will consider 10 propositions to amend the Texas Constitution in the election on Tuesday, November 5. The propositions were approved for the ballot by the 86th Legislature earlier this year.

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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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