Tribpedia: 31 Days, 31 Ways (2015)

Throughout August, The Texas Tribune will feature 31 ways Texans' lives will change because of new laws that take effect Sept. 1, the date many bills passed by the Legislature — including the budget — take effect.

Grant Program for Military Bases Gets Infusion of Funds

Cpl. Danielle Aldrich, a landing support specialist with the 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion, directs a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 5, 2014.
Cpl. Danielle Aldrich, a landing support specialist with the 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion, directs a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, on April 5, 2014.

The state is refueling a grant program that helps the state's 15 military installations pay for facility upgrades. The program aims to provide state support for revamping the bases and to shield military facilities in Texas from a future round of Base Realignment and Closure.  This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Camping and picnic areas at Galveston Island State Park were washed away by Hurricane Ike in 2008. They are now covered in dunes and plants.
Camping and picnic areas at Galveston Island State Park were washed away by Hurricane Ike in 2008. They are now covered in dunes and plants.

A Funding Boost For Texas' Parks

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For years, the Legislature has been stockpiling hundreds of millions of dollars meant for Texas’ parks in order to artificially balance the budget. House Bill 158 scales that down. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series

Filmed in Texas, the television show Friday Night Lights received $6.7 million in state incentive funds.
Filmed in Texas, the television show Friday Night Lights received $6.7 million in state incentive funds.

Budget Cuts Hit Film, Video Game Incentive Fund

State lawmakers inflicted deep cuts on the incentive program Texas uses to lure film, television and video game productions to the state. Now, industry advocates say Texas-based productions — like the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights — will be scarcer. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series

A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.
A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.

Law Could Bring Remote Doctor Visits to Schools

A new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the patient is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Moved by the story of Erica and Joshua Raef of Amarillo, lawmakers passed HB 635, a law that guarantees parents the right to the remains of their unborn children, regardless of how small they are.
Moved by the story of Erica and Joshua Raef of Amarillo, lawmakers passed HB 635, a law that guarantees parents the right to the remains of their unborn children, regardless of how small they are.

Parents to Be Guaranteed Right to Bury Stillborn Babies

Moved by the story of an Amarillo family, legislators passed a new law that will guarantee parents the right to the remains of their stillborn children. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

Nipendra Patel in front of his home in the Bastrop community of The Colony. Patel's roof is marked with studs meant to support solar panels, but the neighborhood's developer blocked their installation.
Nipendra Patel in front of his home in the Bastrop community of The Colony. Patel's roof is marked with studs meant to support solar panels, but the neighborhood's developer blocked their installation.

New Law Will Help More Texans Go Solar

A loophole in state law allowed some developers to block solar installations on homes in new neighborhoods. Now it's been plugged. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.