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The Midday Brief: June 3, 2011

Your afternoon reading: quick debate sought for congressional maps; school finance back in the Senate; smoking ban gets new life

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New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "State GOP leaders want quick action on a new congressional map that would transform the district of Tea Party godfather Ron Paul. Senate Redistricting Commitee Chair Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and Democrats heatedly sparred on the redrawn map in a hearing today." — GOP Pressing for Quick Action on Congressional Map

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Efforts to create a statewide smoking ban will get a second chance in the special legislative session. The House Appropriations Committee will hold a Saturday hearing on a bill by Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, that would penalize smoking in bars and restaurants." — Statewide smoking ban is back, Postcards
  • "Sometimes the business community rails against government spending. But recently, some Texas business leaders have been railing against spending cuts. Their target: a planned $4 billion reduction in school funding over the next two years, which is backed by Republican majorities in the Legislature." — Cutting Texas education spending poses economic risks, business leaders say, The Dallas Morning News

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