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Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, then a state representative, at a committee hearing on May 12, 2014.
Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, then a state representative, at a committee hearing on May 12, 2014.

Senate OKs Sealing More Criminal Records

The criminal records of one-time offenders who stay out of trouble would be sealed and hidden from the public under a bill that cleared the Senate Tuesday. Supporters call it a second chance, but critics fear unknowing employers will pay the price.

Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.
Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

Rural Critics Organize to Stop Private Bullet Train

Dallas and Houston leaders may want a super-fast train connecting their cities, but folks in between aren't as sold on the idea. Some have formed Texans Against High-Speed Rail, and they're hiring lobbyists and courting allies in a bid to kill the plan.

 

Rural Critics Organize to Stop Private Bullet Train

Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.
Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

Dallas and Houston leaders may want a super-fast train connecting their cities, but folks in between aren't as sold on the idea. Some have formed Texans Against High-Speed Rail, and they're hiring lobbyists and courting allies in a bid to kill the plan.

 

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From Loudmouth to Mouth of the House

Ways and Means chair State Rep.Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, while debating State Rep. Sylvester Turner on HB11 border security bill March 18, 2015.
Ways and Means chair State Rep.Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, while debating State Rep. Sylvester Turner on HB11 border security bill March 18, 2015.

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen has become a go-to mouthpiece for House leadership, and the votes for his legislation are indicative of how closely in step with him his colleagues are. If he were out of line, someone would yank his leash. Nobody has.

House Approves Use of Sales Tax for Highways

Tribune Conversation with Sen. Robert Nichols R-Jacksonville and Rep. Joe Pickett D-El Paso on April 7th, 2015
Tribune Conversation with Sen. Robert Nichols R-Jacksonville and Rep. Joe Pickett D-El Paso on April 7th, 2015

The Texas House gave initial approval Thursday to a major boost in transportation funding from sales taxes, setting the stage for a showdown with the Senate over the best way to pay for Texas roads.

House Panel Debates Bills to Rein In Film Incentives

Texas A&M University System Regent Jim Schwertner and former Regent Richard Box participate in an interview for a new movie, produced by John Robison, that revisits the decision to move to the SEC.
Texas A&M University System Regent Jim Schwertner and former Regent Richard Box participate in an interview for a new movie, produced by John Robison, that revisits the decision to move to the SEC.

A Texas House committee on Thursday considered a pair of bills taking aim at the state film incentives program. One would block state grants for films and video games containing adult content. Another would abolish the program altogether.

Panel to Investigate After Lawmaker Ejected From Committee Hearing

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, during the gun bill debate on April 17, 2015.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, during the gun bill debate on April 17, 2015.

The chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics said he plans to investigate allegations that witnesses were signed up improperly to speak at a meeting from which state Rep. Jonathan Stickland was escorted out.