Category Archives: General Government

Voting procedures from 2016 in effect for November elections

The state’s voter identification policies used in the 2016 presidential election will remain in effect for the Nov. 7 election, based on a federal appeals court ruling in September that said it would minimize confusion among voters and election officials. The 5th Circuit … 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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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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ERS trustees approve health plan option for state employees

The board of trustees for the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) has approved a new optional health plan for state employees, as directed by HB 966 by Crownover, enacted in 2015 by the 84th Legislature. The consumer-directed health plan combines high-deductible … Continue reading

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