GOVERNMENT

House Limits Payday Lender Telemarketing

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, and other representatives on the House floor during budget debate March 31, 2015.
State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, and other representatives on the House floor during budget debate March 31, 2015.

Legislation passed by the House on Wednesday will prohibit payday lenders and auto title loan businesses from placing telemarketing calls to Texans on the "do not call" list. The measure now heads to the Senate. 

 

 

Analysis: For Legislators, an Extra Incentive to Finish Budget

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his revenue estimate to divvy up for the 2016-17 budget will be about $113 billion.
State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his revenue estimate to divvy up for the 2016-17 budget will be about $113 billion.

If state budget writers can't get a deal on the budget during the regular session, they'll have to come back to finish. And with the state economy slowing down, going into overtime could mean less money for tax breaks and state programs.

Analysis: For Legislators, an Extra Incentive to Finish Budget

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his revenue estimate to divvy up for the 2016-17 budget will be about $113 billion.
State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says his revenue estimate to divvy up for the 2016-17 budget will be about $113 billion.

If state budget writers can't get a deal on the budget during the regular session, they'll have to come back to finish. And with the state economy slowing down, going into overtime could mean less money for tax breaks and state programs.

Senate OKs Sealing More Criminal Records

Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, then a state representative, at a committee hearing on May 12, 2014.
Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, then a state representative, at a committee hearing on May 12, 2014.

The criminal records of one-time offenders who stay out of trouble would be sealed and hidden from the public under a bill that cleared the Senate Tuesday. Supporters call it a second chance, but critics fear unknowing employers will pay the price.