HOA Accountability Bill Stirs Debate at Capitol

Representatives Mike Villarreal (l), D-San Antonio, Ruth Jones McClendon (c), D-San Antonio, and Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, criticize Republican Senators and Gov. Rick Perry for an inadequate effort on April 28, 2011.
Representatives Mike Villarreal (l), D-San Antonio, Ruth Jones McClendon (c), D-San Antonio, and Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, criticize Republican Senators and Gov. Rick Perry for an inadequate effort on April 28, 2011.

A bill by state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, would make homeowners associations more financially accountable. But HOA interest groups say the bill is unworkable and punitive to volunteer board members.

House Panel Grills CPRIT Oversight Committee

Current and former CPRIT Oversight Committee members testify before the House Transparency Committee on April 9, 2013.
Current and former CPRIT Oversight Committee members testify before the House Transparency Committee on April 9, 2013.

Members of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ oversight committee were grilled Tuesday by a House panel that asked about their involvement with an affiliated foundation’s decision to rebrand itself.

Catholic Leaders, Faithful Rally at Capitol

Texas Catholic bishops along with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, l, pray on the South Steps of the Capitol on April 9, 2013.
Texas Catholic bishops along with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, l, pray on the South Steps of the Capitol on April 9, 2013.

Texas Catholics rallied at the capitol Tuesday for Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day, calling on legislators to tighten abortion restrictions and improve access to health care, among a wide variety of issues. 

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for April 9, 2013

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, listens after questioning Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on SB 23 in Senate Education Committee April 9, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, listens after questioning Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, on SB 23 in Senate Education Committee April 9, 2013.

Your evening reading: Senate panel hears impassioned debate over school choice bill; Perry urges Obama to press Mexico to release water to Texas; Cornyn, McCaul file border security measure

Prosecutors, Defenders Spar Over Child Sex Crime Bill

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State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, speaks in favor of Amendment #5 to SB4 the congressional redistricting bill that would affect a small portion of north Harris County during debate on June 14, 2011.  The amendment was eventually tabled.
State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, speaks in favor of Amendment #5 to SB4 the congressional redistricting bill that would affect a small portion of north Harris County during debate on June 14, 2011. The amendment was eventually tabled.

A panel of House lawmakers on Tuesday heard prosecutors and defense attorneys debate a bill that would allow prosecutors in child sex crime cases to bring in evidence of prior offenses, including accusations by other children.

Guest Column: The UT Story Not Being Told

University of Texas System Regent Alex Cranberg
University of Texas System Regent Alex Cranberg

When the drama surrounding recent decisions by the University of Texas System regents dominates the conversation about higher education, the truly critical issues facing our students and their families are left unexamined.

Proposal: Allow Private Mental Health Services in Jails

Christopher Ajayi, a psychiatric technician, makes his rounds at the Harris County Jail.
Christopher Ajayi, a psychiatric technician, makes his rounds at the Harris County Jail.
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Private mental health care providers would be allowed into select jails to attempt to restore inmates to competency under a proposed pilot program. The restored inmates would then be able to stand for trial.

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