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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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      Texas votes to give immigration lockups child care licenses

      by Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press—

      Texas lawmakers are advancing a proposal to license family immigrant detention centers as child care providers. The state Senate voted 20-11 Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would allow Texas to license two family lockdowns, despite a past state …

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      Senate approves “baby jails” as attack on immigrants continues

      Austin – Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, released the following statement regarding passage of Senate Bill 1018, which would rubber stamp imprisoning immigrant mothers and their children in federal detention centers operated by the for-profit prison corporations, …

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      For workers, against injustice

      Dear friend: Today is May Day, or International Worker’ Day! We take the rights of workers to be treated fairly for granted, but things like the eight-hour workday, weekends off, and basic safety were not freely given. They had to …

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      Let them stay!

      Dear friend: I’ve been sending weekly updates on the Legislature because that’s the center of activity from January to June in odd-numbered years for elected state officials. Although it’s virtually all-encompassing for those of us engaged in the work, there …

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