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our state senator

our state senator

March 26th, 2015

Bill supporting dual language education passes committee

By state Sen. JOSE RODRIGUEZ

Senator José Rodríguez’s SB 159, which will help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed a key hurdle after being voted out of committee unanimously this week.

“Dual language programs are …

our state representative

our state representative

March 26th, 2015

It’s time to lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports

By PONCHO NEVÁREZ

The time has come to lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. In the 1970’s the ban was enacted under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, in which Congress attempted to secure U.S. energy reserves due to political unrest caused by the …

Presidio cattlemen seek remedy for importation issue at port of entry

Presidio cattlemen seek remedy for importation issue at port of entry

May 23rd, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

AUSTIN, PRESIDIO – A handful of Presidio officials and cattlemen made the nearly 1,000 mile round-trip drive to Austin on Thursday to meet with state lawmakers and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials over a federal impasse they’ve encountered with an importation issue.

In late 2012 the USDA Animal and …

Nevarez files bill to level education playing field, with SRSU in mind

Nevarez files bill to level education playing field, with SRSU in mind

March 28th, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

AUSTIN – Freshman State Rep. Poncho Nevarez has filed legislation that would level the playing field among institutions of higher education when it comes to determining whether low producing degree programs should be eliminated.

Currently, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, whose board members are appointed by the governor, has the authority to …

the view from austin

the view from austin

March 21st, 2013

The issue is health care

By Texas Senator JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ

It’s important that state leaders, particularly those who control the purse strings, talk about health care, particularly Medicaid expansion.

We need to find a Texas solution that insures as many of the 6 million Texans currently without coverage as possible, that takes advantage of the federal money available, …

The Senate of the Texas Legislature

The Senate of the Texas Legislature

March 14th, 2013

Unanimity on supplemental budget bodes well for next biennium

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

The Texas Legislature may have set out on a new path by retracing a few old steps.

By a unanimous vote, the Senate adopted a supplemental funding bill providing some $4.5 billion in general revenues for Medicaid and more than $1.7 billion for public education. …

The view from Austin

The view from Austin

March 7th, 2013

An 83rd Texas Legislature update

By Sen. JOSE RODRIGUEZ

The Legislature is in full swing and it seems like every issue is of the utmost importance, from the broadest such as funding education and health care to the most focused such as local option bills.

As of Tuesday, March 5, we were up to 3,520 bills to be …

Political news from Austin

Political news from Austin

February 28th, 2013

Voter registration should be an online service in Texas

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

You can do just about anything on the Internet these days — look at your street from space, pay your bills, trace your family history, or buy a car.

But there’s one thing you can’t do online in Texas: register to vote. That’s something I …

Uresti files bills to increase smoking age, ban sugary drinks from public schools

February 4th, 2013

AUSTIN — State Sen. Carlos Uresti filed health legislation on Thursday that would raise the legal smoking age in Texas to 21, ban the sale of sugary drinks at public schools, and stem the abuse of opioid drugs.

Uresti also filed bills that would allow online voter registration, provide assistance to pregnant teenagers and teen mothers in …

Session Watch

Session Watch

January 19th, 2013

Positive revenue forecast means we can do more for education

By State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-Brewster County and Far West Texas

House and Senate budget writers unveiled their starting-point budgets for 2014-15 in week two of the legislative session. While this first peek was somewhat disappointing because many of the cuts imposed last time are still …

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