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State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, at the Democratic caucus regarding state budget matters on May 17, 2013.
State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, at the Democratic caucus regarding state budget matters on May 17, 2013.

House, Senate Clash Over Dutton Bill Resolved

UPDATED: Friday morning's clash between the House and Senate appears to be water under the bridge. Lawmakers in the upper chamber said it was a tussle over a local Houston matter — but that they're working to resolve it.  

Sen. Joan Huffman joins moderator James Henson in a discussion of law and order issues in the upcoming 83rd legislative session during the Texas Tribune Festival, 2012.
Sen. Joan Huffman joins moderator James Henson in a discussion of law and order issues in the upcoming 83rd legislative session during the Texas Tribune Festival, 2012.

Hearing on Innocence Commission Bill Draws Heated Testimony

A Senate committee hearing turned explosive on Tuesday when the brother of a wrongfully convicted man who died in prison railed against a senator who opposes the creation of an innocence commission. The brother of Tim Cole told Sen. Joan Huffman she should get another job and stormed out of a committee hearing while muttering expletives.

Senators John Whitmire, D-Houston, l, and Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, congratulate Michael Morton, r, at the court hearing in Georgetown on April 19, 2013.
Senators John Whitmire, D-Houston, l, and Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, congratulate Michael Morton, r, at the court hearing in Georgetown on April 19, 2013.

House Shows Support for Innocence Commission Bill

UPDATED: The House on Tuesday endrosed a bill that would create a state panel to investigate wrongful convictions. Similar legislation has been defeated in the past, but this time it has drawn supporters many consider unlikely, including Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.

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.

HOA Accountability Bill Stirs Debate at Capitol

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