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The Midday Brief: May 12, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Senate committee votes for more Rainy Day money; House passes spanking bill; family planning program at risk

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "Amid growing opposition to a proposal to divide Austin among four state Senate districts, Sen. Kirk Watson today proposed a new map that would leave Travis County mostly in one district." — Watson proposes new Austin Senate boundaries, Postcards

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "A controversial bill that would require parental permission before school administrators are allowed to paddle unruly public school children passed the House today after failing on Wednesday." — "Spanking" Bill Passes After Being Reconsidered
  • "Texas' Women's Health Program may be circling the drain. Sen. Bob Deuell says he doesn’t have the votes in the Senate to bring up a bill to renew the family planning and preventative care program — and Rep. Garnet Coleman says his House bill is stuck." — Women's Health Program Circling the Drain?
  • "At a meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents in Austin Thursday, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa won unanimous support after laying out his 'framework for advancing excellence throughout the university system.'" — UT Regents Unanimously Support Chancellor's Vision
  • "Nobody wanted to think about it in January. But as the middle of May approaches, with little more than two weeks left of the 82nd legislative session, a growing chorus of voices is asking: What happens if lawmakers can’t agree on school finance reform?" — What Happens if There's No School Finance Bill?

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