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      It’s gametime in the Texas Senate, with serious results

      by Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News—

      AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was sanguine as he once again left Senate Democrats powerless, comparing their scuffle to two football teams that skirmish on the field then go out for beer and barbecue afterward. Maybe, if it’s the …

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      Senate puts pedal to metal with midnight vote, fast hearings

      by Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman—

      Moving with haste that Democrats called unseemly, Republicans in the Texas Senate set an aggressive pace, giving initial approval to two key bills Wednesday before returning to the Capitol shortly after midnight to finish work on the legislation. The unusual schedule was designed to …

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      Note to legislators: Your work is done

      by Richard Greene, special to the Fort Worth Star Telegram—

      You may have heard that some legislators in Austin are wearing “20 for 20” buttons. Others are sporting ones that say “Sunset and Sine Die.” The first are on the lapels of those who support the passage of all 20 …

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      Rodríguez: Sine Die marks end of 85th Regular Session

      Statewide issues, District 29 priorities addressed  Special Session ahead Austin – Today is Sine Die, the last day of the 85th Texas Legislature’s Regular Session. State Sen. Jose Rodríguez passed 50 bills addressing education, health care, courts, criminal justice, local governance, …

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      Ending special education caps

      Dear friend: We have less than two weeks left in the 85th Regular Session, and bills are either passing the Legislature or dying. In the House in particular, over 200 bills died to parliamentary procedures taken by a handful of …

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      Texas lawmaker wants more transparency at Railroad Commission

      by John Moritz, Corpus Christi Caller Times—

      Three months after state Sen. Jose Rodriguez asked the Texas Railroad Commission for information on how oil spills dating back to 2014 have affected waterways, he received a CD containing what he called “a jumble of documents” that was unsearchable and …

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