Tag Archives: 85th Legislature

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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As TERP fund grows, deposits set to expire in 2019

During the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers may consider changes to how the state handles funds that are collected for certain programs but that go unused for those purposes. Appropriations of funds collected for one of these programs, the Texas … Continue reading

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Lawmakers may debate changes to civil asset forfeiture laws

Like many states, Texas allows law enforcement officers to seize property they suspect has been acquired through, used in, or is intended to be used for certain crimes. This process, known as civil asset forfeiture, occurs through the civil court … Continue reading

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DPS requests additional crime lab funding for fiscal 2020-21

The fiscal 2018-19 state budget appropriated a total of $76.1 million to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for crime lab services, but about 15 percent of that was slated to come from a new fee that will not … Continue reading

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New law requires freestanding emergency centers to post health insurance information

A law enacted in 2017 by the 85th Texas Legislature, HB 3276 by Oliverson, requires a freestanding emergency medical care facility to list all health insurance plans for which the facility is a participating provider. These facilities, which have become more … Continue reading

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