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Admissions Inquiry Takes Center Stage in UT Saga

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

Of University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall’s allegations of misconduct at UT-Austin, none has gained as much traction as his assertion that there is "secret favoritism" for the politically connected in admissions. But more information — and a full-on UT System review — may be required to determine whether he has unearthed anything untoward.

House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, listens to committee counsel Rusty Hardin during a morning hearing on October 22, 2013.
House Appropriations Committee chair Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, listens to committee counsel Rusty Hardin during a morning hearing on October 22, 2013.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Oct. 22, 2013

Your evening reading: Pitts testifies in Regent Hall investigation; Stefani Carter drops Railroad Commission bid for run at re-election; blowback over Combs' endorsement of Hegar for comptroller

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, testifies at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations regarding UT Regent Wallace Hall on October 22, 2013.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, testifies at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations regarding UT Regent Wallace Hall on October 22, 2013.

Pitts: Enough Evidence to Impeach UT Regent Hall

UPDATED: In testimony before a legislative committee on Tuesday, state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, made his case for why he believes University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall should be impeached.

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, talks about HB 1 to a colleague on April 3, 2013.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, talks about HB 1 to a colleague on April 3, 2013.

Pitts Says He Wrote Recommendation Letter for Son

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, acknowledged writing a law school recommendation for his son but strongly denied attempting to exert any undue influence over the admission process. “Did I ever call for my son — or the over one hundred people I’ve recommended over the years — and ask for special treatment?" he asked. "No, I did not.”

State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.
State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.

Texas House, Senate Negotiators Reach Deal on Budget

After days of negotiations, House and Senate representatives agreed to a budget plan that would add roughly $4 billion in extra funding for public education. It also paves the way for a $2 billion fund for water infrastructure projects. The plan still needs approval from the full House and Senate, as well as the governor.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, moves away from the podium after moving to briefly postpone discussion on SB1 the budget bill on June 9, 2011.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, moves away from the podium after moving to briefly postpone discussion on SB1 the budget bill on June 9, 2011.

Pitts Amendments Would Limit Authority of UT Regents

Multiple amendments to the budget pre-filed by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, would limit the spending authority of the University of Texas System regents.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, looks at the voting board as the House passes HB1 the state budget, 97-53, late in the evening on May 28, 2011.
House Appropriations Committee chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, looks at the voting board as the House passes HB1 the state budget, 97-53, late in the evening on May 28, 2011.

House Committee Backs Budget With More School Funding

The $193.8 billion budget approved by the House Appropriations Committee includes an extra $2.5 billion for public education. The bill is smaller than the Senate budget by about $1.7 billion.

Budget Votes to Set Stage for Future Negotiations

The $195.5 billion budget that senators will vote on Wednesday includes $1.4 billion extra for education, pay raises for most state employees and additional funding for various regulatory agencies. The House Appropriations Committee is likely to vote on its version of the two-year budget on Thursday.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l) shakes the hand of State Rep. Jim Pitts (r), R-Waxahachie, after the House passed HB1 the state budget, 97-53 late on May 28, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus (l) shakes the hand of State Rep. Jim Pitts (r), R-Waxahachie, after the House passed HB1 the state budget, 97-53 late on May 28, 2011.

House Sends Medicaid IOU Bill to Perry

House members unanimously approved a bill largely devoted to addressing a shortfall in Medicaid. Health providers for poor children and the disabled in Texas won't get paid starting Thursday unless Gov. Rick Perry signs the bill soon.

House  Appropriations Chair, Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie with a big smile as he votes on House supplemental bill HB 10  on February 21st, 2013
House Appropriations Chair, Rep. Jim Pitts R-Waxahachie with a big smile as he votes on House supplemental bill HB 10 on February 21st, 2013

House Passes Bill to Address $4.5 Billion Medicaid IOU

With little debate on Thursday, House lawmakers passed House Bill 10, an emergency supplemental appropriations bill that needs to get to Gov. Rick Perry's desk by next month to avoid bills owed to medical workers going unpaid.

Good Times or Bad, the Texas Budget is Tight

When money was tight two years ago, the state's top budget writers employed cutbacks and accounting tricks to balance the budget. Money is flowing again, but the budget folks are still finding it easy to say no, saying they're blocked by lawmakers' promises not to spend faster than inflation and to use the state's Rainy Day Fund sparingly.