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Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.
Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.

The Brief: What More Could Texas Have Done About Ebola?

Criticism by state leaders of the Obama administration for failures in the response to the Ebola virus omits mention of the tools at the state's disposal that were not used.

Report: Abortion Restrictions Tied to Poor Health

States that put tight restrictions on abortion generally perform worse on women’s and children’s health outcomes, according to a new report released by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health, both groups that support access to the procedure. Texas' GOP leaders say abortion and women's health care are two separate issues. 

 

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

The Brief: Restoration of Funding for Public Integrity Unit in Limbo

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that in the days before Gov. Rick Perry's indictment over his veto of funding for the public integrity unit, the Travis County DA's office had requested the next Legislature to restore most of the unit's funding.

Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.
Austin State-Supported Living Center employee Tamika Mays is shown with resident Rebecca Hadnot in 2011.

Commission Formally Calls for Closure of Institutions

A Texas commission that reviews the efficiency of government agencies officially recommended Wednesday that lawmakers shutter an Austin-area institution for people with disabilities — and identify five more statewide for later closure.

 

 

Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, is shown listening to testimony during a Health and Human Services committee hearing on Feb. 19, 2013. Nelson was named chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee in July 2014.
Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, is shown listening to testimony during a Health and Human Services committee hearing on Feb. 19, 2013. Nelson was named chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee in July 2014.

Senators Discuss Funding of National Guard Deployment

At a state Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday, senators debated the merits and tactical strategies of Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to send Texas National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown speaks about health care in Texas at February 27th TribLive
Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown speaks about health care in Texas at February 27th TribLive

Schwertner to Lead Health and Human Services Committee

After appointing Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson to chair the Senate Finance Committee, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has picked state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, to replace her as the head of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

 

Disabled residents shred paper at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.
Disabled residents shred paper at the Mexia State Supported Living Center.

Lawmakers Consider Closing Institutions for Disabled

Lawmakers considered a proposal to shutter six of Texas’ 13 state-supported living centers over two days of public hearings, renewing a long-simmering debate over the future of the state’s institutions for the disabled. The Sunset Advisory Commission staff recommended shutting one center right away, followed by five more over several years.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, addresses abortion rights advocates at the Texas capitol on Feb. 20, 2014.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, addresses abortion rights advocates at the Texas capitol on Feb. 20, 2014.

Senators Discuss Progress of Women's Health Programs

The Senate Health and Human Services committee discussed Texas’ efforts to expand access to women’s health services across the state at a hearing on Thursday as abortion rights advocates gathered nearby to protest the strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.