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- The Protection of Texas Children Law Gets New Scrutiny
One of the controversies arising from the mass shooting that took the lives of 17 students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is a proposal floated by President Donald Trump that some teachers be armed.
- Texas Students Seek More Open Educational Resources Materials
As anyone who has ever been to an institution of higher learning knows, textbooks can be a significant expense. According to a 2013 article in the Atlantic, a study conducted by the American Enterprise Institute reported that the cost of course materials had risen 812 percent between 1978 and that year, faster than health care, home prices, and, naturally, inflation.
- Texas DMV Revokes Registrations and Titles for Dune Buggies and Sand Rails
Autoweek is reporting that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to revoke the titles and registrations of dune buggies and so-called sand rails, off-road vehicles that can operate both on sand and other types of terrain.
- Texas Lawmakers to Look at Criminal Prosecution of People in Debt to Rent to Own Companies
Usually, when an individual has a payment dispute with a business, the matter is ultimately settled in a civil court.
- Domestic Products Preferred in Contracts with the Federal Government
During certain Presidential Administrations, there are certain preferences in domestic products for contracts awarded to businesses that work for or with the federal government. When these preferences are made, the business and employees have a greater responsibility to ensure that products, materials and resources are not outsourced but processed through domestic businesses and clients.
- The Student Privacy Act in Texas
One of the bills the Texas Legislature passed during 2017 was House Bill 2087, entitled the Student Privacy Act. The act protects data that a student or the student’s parents provide to a website or some other online application for education purposes.
- Texas Law Makers Mull Flood Control Projects for Houston
According to the Texas Tribune, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a number of Texas Republican leaders are eying a number of long-delayed flood projects that, had they been completed, would have spared thousands of Houston homes from being flooded during the deluge brought on by Hurricane Harvey.
- Medical Marijuana Law in Texas Goes into Effect
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that because of a recent medical marijuana law passed by the Texas Legislature, pot is going to be grown in the state of Texas legally. However, the new law, passed in 2015, is strictly limited to people who are suffering from epilepsy and who have not responded to federally approved treatments.
- Texas Governor Abbott Rules Out Special Session for Harvey Relief
With Hurricane Harvey having ravaged much of the Texas Gulf Coast, having caused tens of billions of dollars in damage and having affected the lives of millions to one degree or another, the question has arisen as to whether the Texas Legislature should be called into a second special session to deal with the aftermath.
- Texas Legislative Bill Submitted to Shore up the Teachers Retirement System Health Plan
The Texas Teachers Retirement System has a health care plan that has become insolvent and, without an extra infusion of cash and more flexibility for how to allocate benefits, is due to enter into a “death spiral” in the next two years managers warn.