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What you need to know
The Senate State Affairs Committee is taking up several bills Monday concerning eminent domain. Some of the legislation is aimed at providing landowners with more information about their rights and how the eminent domain process works. On Wednesday, the Senate Transportation Committee will take up bills concerning one of the state's most controversial projects that relies on eminent domain: a high-speed train that would whisk Texans between Houston and Dallas in 90 minutes.
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What we're reading
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For your calendar
Tomorrow, join us in person or online for a conversation on higher education in Texas with state Sen. Kel Seliger and state Rep. J.M. Lozano.
Later in the day, we'll talk about legislative issues with experienced community organizers at the W Austin Records Room. The event is part of the Tribune's On the Record series, geared towards helping Texans be better, smarter citizens.
Photo of the day
Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks to a packed crowd at Scholz Garten on Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Austin, one day after he launched his 2018 Senate campaign. Photo by Laura Skelding for The Texas Tribune. See more photos on our Instagram account.
Quote to note
"If the proposed budget cuts of $850,000 are realized, nearly 1,900 teachers each year will lose access to the professional development and training that enables them to teach AP courses."
— Robert Scott, former Texas Commissioner of Education, about cuts to programs that support Advanced Placement via TribTalk
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