News For Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Brief: May 14, 2013

House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, watches from the sidelines as debate continues on SB 1 on April 4, 2013.
House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, watches from the sidelines as debate continues on SB 1 on April 4, 2013.

With the end of the session drawing near, a possible crack in the budget stalemate has emerged.

Federal Cuts Mean Fewer Resources for Texas Firefighters

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The pines on the south side of Texas Hwy 21 erupt in flames and smoke during the wildfires on September 6, 2011.
The pines on the south side of Texas Hwy 21 erupt in flames and smoke during the wildfires on September 6, 2011.

Though Texas is at lower risk for wildfires this summer than in previous years, firefighters will likely have to make do with less as the state's forest service begins to feel the effects of this year's federal sequester cuts.

Hearing on Innocence Commission Bill Draws Heated Testimony

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.

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.

Campus Carry Bill Passes Senate Committee

State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, stands among House members during the consideration of a point of order on a campus carry bill on May 4, 2013.
State Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, stands among House members during the consideration of a point of order on a campus carry bill on May 4, 2013.

A measure by state Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, that allows college students, faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus is heading to the full Senate after a committee approved the measure Tuesday.

The Evening Brief: May 14, 2013

State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury on Sept. 5, 2012.
State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury on Sept. 5, 2012.

Your evening reading: campus carry bill clears Senate committee; House budget chief says leaders close on water, education deal; Cornyn video on border deaths sparks debate  

Martinez Fischer Grills UT System Regent in Hearing

University of Texas Regent Brenda Pejovich ponders a question at the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on May 14, 2013.
University of Texas Regent Brenda Pejovich ponders a question at the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on May 14, 2013.

During a tense meeting of the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Tuesday, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer asked UT System Regent Brenda Pejovich about the controversy surrounding the system board's governance.

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