Category Archives: Regulation and Licensing

Regulating transportation network companies in Texas

In Texas, a growing number of cities have passed municipal ordinances to regulate transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. TNCs are businesses that connect paying riders to drivers, usually through smartphone apps. They compete directly with taxicabs to fill … Continue reading

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State may consider revising ‘right to correct’ for nursing homes

State lawmakers this past interim discussed ways to enhance the quality of long-term care facilities in the state, including whether to limit “right-to-correct” laws that allow providers to avoid state penalties by addressing certain violations within a specified time. Legislation that would have restricted providers’ right … Continue reading

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Senate committee considers vehicle safety inspections

A Texas Senate committee is considering the effectiveness and efficiency of state-mandated passenger vehicle safety inspections. The state’s safety inspection program, created in 1951, requires the annual or biennial inspection of passenger vehicles. More than 19 million are now inspected every year. … Continue reading

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Several states moving to ban powdered alcohol

Several states have enacted prohibitions on the sale of alcohol in powdered form since the Texas Legislature considered, but did not approve, a ban on the product in 2015. By the end of 2015, 27 states had banned powdered alcohol, … Continue reading

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House committee to examine effects of federal environmental rules

The recently formed Texas House Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation will examine this interim how several proposed or finalized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules could affect jobs, economic development, and energy rates and reliability in Texas. The committee will … Continue reading

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