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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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      On to the home stretch

      Dear Friend: It was Easter last week, and Passover until tomorrow; it is a special time of year. Many of us observe at church or synagogue and at home; students enjoy a few well-deserved days of rest; and families come …

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      Railroad Commission transparency bill to be heard Tuesday

      Austin – The Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee will hear Sen. José Rodríguez’s SB 568, which requires the Railroad Commission of Texas to develop a searchable internet database where the public can search for violations, inspection reports, …

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      Why it’s called a grind

      Dear Friend: Last week, I wrote about the many bad bills prioritized in the Texas Senate. While those are important, and rightfully grab a large share of headlines, there is much more to what we do. This is the part …

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      Worker safety bill to be heard Tuesday

      Austin – The Texas Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee will hear Sen José Rodríguez’s SB 473, which requires that workers in dangerous industries be given potentially life-saving rest breaks. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday (April 11, 2017), and …

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      Rodríguez’s bill to end special education cap  passes committee

      Austin – The Texas Senate Education Committee unanimously passed Sen. José Rodríguez’s bill eliminating the Texas Education Agency’s cap on special education enrollment late Tuesday. TEA adopted a monitoring policy that set an arbitrary 8.5 percent target for children receiving special education …

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      Senator Rodríguez’s scrap tire bill passes Senate

       Austin – S.B. 570, a bill by state Sen. José Rodríguez that outlines methods by which tires may be disposed and improves enforcement capabilities, passed the full Senate today. It now goes to the House for consideration. Illegal tire disposal has …

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