Tribpedia: Tom Craddick

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

State Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, speaks at a press conference on payday lending bills April 29, 2015. He is flanked by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, left, and Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, to his right.
State Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, speaks at a press conference on payday lending bills April 29, 2015. He is flanked by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, left, and Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, to his right.

Lawmakers Lend an Ear to Concerns Over Payday Loans

Lawmakers from both chambers gathered Wednesday to lend support to a range of bills that would limit the loan size and number of installments offered by payday and auto title lenders.

This is a photo of one of two $2800 chairs ordered by Jack Stick's office when he was deputy inspector general. The chairs which resemble the ones used in the Texas Legislature committee hearing rooms, were discovered after the resignations of Stick, and Doug Wilson, inspector general.
This is a photo of one of two $2800 chairs ordered by Jack Stick's office when he was deputy inspector general. The chairs which resemble the ones used in the Texas Legislature committee hearing rooms, were discovered after the resignations of Stick, and Doug Wilson, inspector general.

The Brief: Senators Suggest 21CT Contract Points to Larger Problems

The ability of Austin tech firm 21CT to secure a $20 million Medicaid fraud software contract through a no-bid program run by the state's Department of Information Resources drew intense scrutiny from Senate budget writers on Tuesday.

Rule on Natural Gas Rate Hikes is Fuel for Debate

The Texas Railroad Commission recently endorsed changes to how cities can challenge natural gas utility rate increases. Commissioners say the new rule should help cut expenses for ratepayers. But some critics say the rule actually puts cities at a disadvantage. Some state lawmakers are already talking about potential legislation to block the rule.

Analysis: It's a Lot Easier to Rule With a Mandate

It's easier to govern if you have a mandate, and you build the mandate while you're campaigning. So far, the agenda for the next set of officeholders is a little murky. The campaign for governor so far has been more about the histories and challenges in the lives of the contestants than about their differences over issues facing the state.

Study: Texting While Driving Unsafe by Any Means

In the midst of a battle among lawmakers over a bill to ban texting while driving, a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute suggests that voice-to-text technology is no safer than typing out a text message. Voice to text would remain legal if the legislation passes.

Demonstration car placed by the Brown family to raise awareness on dangers of texting while driving. March 9th, 2011
Demonstration car placed by the Brown family to raise awareness on dangers of texting while driving. March 9th, 2011

House Passes Texting-While-Driving Measure

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A bill that would make texting while driving a crime passed the House on Wednesday after a lengthy debate. The measure now heads to the Senate.

Although Texas is one of 11 states without a state-wide ban on texting and driving, cell phone use while driving is illegal for those under 18 and in school zones.
Although Texas is one of 11 states without a state-wide ban on texting and driving, cell phone use while driving is illegal for those under 18 and in school zones.

Lawmakers Debate Texting-While-Driving Ban

Lawmakers took their first crack at a bill designed to ban texting while driving on Tuesday, reviewing statistics suggesting that bans in other states have not reduced accidents and are difficult to enforce, and discussing ways to make the proposed law more effective if it passes in Texas.

 

Jeanne Brown, whose daughter Alex Brown died in a 2009 accident while texting and driving, spoke Jan. 29, 2013, in support of a bill making texting and driving illegal. Texas is one of 11 states without a state-wide ban on texting while driving, though multiple cities have passed ordinances making it illegal.
Jeanne Brown, whose daughter Alex Brown died in a 2009 accident while texting and driving, spoke Jan. 29, 2013, in support of a bill making texting and driving illegal. Texas is one of 11 states without a state-wide ban on texting while driving, though multiple cities have passed ordinances making it illegal.

Lawmakers Renew Push to Ban Texting While Driving

At a briefing today, lawmakers and family members of people killed while texting and driving renewed a push for legislation to make the practice illegal. The proposal passed during the last session, only to be vetoed by Gov. Perry. Critics of the proposal say it is unenforceable, but a Houston Police Department officer argued otherwise.