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State considers ways to address financial abuse of elderly

As the population ages in Texas and nationwide, state lawmakers are examining ways to curb financial exploitation of the elderly. Proposals could emerge to address the issue in the 85th Texas Legislature’s regular session in 2017. The House Committee on … Continue reading

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Texas studies freshwater loss, explores aquifer storage and recovery

As part of an interim charge to study freshwater loss in Texas, the House Natural Resources Committee is expected to meet this fall to examine aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) as a water storage method that could prevent loss to evaporation. ASR involves collecting water during wet … Continue reading

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States consider limits on use of solitary confinement

Debate about the use of solitary confinement in prisons has prompted states to examine their policies, with several making changes in recent years. Some have limited the use of solitary confinement or have modified living conditions in solitary confinement housing. … Continue reading

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Texas examines mental health issues in county jails

In the wake of high-profile jail suicides in Texas in the last year, the Texas House and Senate are studying mental health issues and regulation of county jails this interim. Both chambers have heard proposals that could lead to legislation … Continue reading

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TEA seeks guidance on property of closed charter schools

In the wake of recent charter school closings, questions have been raised about the legal status and disposition of property purchased by a charter school that is no longer in operation. The Senate Education Committee in December heard testimony on … Continue reading

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