June 4, 2018

The America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 revealed by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on May 8 seeks to tackle a number of water-related infrastructure issues. But one thing it does not do is deal with streamlining the permitting process for dam, levee, water system, and port projects – a top-of-mi...

April 20, 2018

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees transportation programs, warned that the Trump administration's approach to project investment "fails to address the greatest threat to our nation's infrastructure, which is the ever-growing insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund."

The senior...

Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off his first special session two weeks ago. That puts the Legislature at the halfway point if they choose to take the maximum 30 days they are permitted to meet — and given Abbott's ambitious agenda, it's looking like they may need all the time they can get.

So far, the special session hasn't been to...

A Senate panel has rejected President Trump’s effort to eliminate Obama-era transportation grants, instead opting to provide a funding boost for the program.

By voice vote, the Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development approved a fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes $550 million for th...

Despite the legislative session being one of the most contentious in recent memory, homebuilders and cities managed to agree on a bill limiting local tree ordinances. But Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed the bill and called for statewide repeal of tree ordinances in the special session that begins Tuesday.

Based on past incidents, on...

At a time when Democrats are locked out of power from the White House, both chambers of Congress, the majority of governor’s offices and three-fifths of the country’s state houses, their ideas at least have one reliable outlet. Democrats still control most of the country’s biggest cities.

Even that power center, though, is i...

 US Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican of Louisiana, has introduced the License Natural Gas (LNG) Now Act to remove barriers placed on US exporters so they can quickly access the market and meet the global demand for natural gas. This legislation would revamp the current system put in place by the Department of Energy decad...

July 10, 2017

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the legislature adjourned its 85th regular session without extending the existence of the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Pro...

July 10, 2017

NOTICE: This document is an unsigned working draft. It is being released for informational and discussion purposes only. It is subject to change. It has no legal effect.

TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-FIFTH TEXAS LEGISLATURE, FIRST CALLED SESSION:

WHEREAS, the people of Texas have placed the constitu...

Gov. Greg Abbott is plotting an aggressive approach to the upcoming special session of the Legislature, diverting from his above-the-fray style to try to see through an ambitious 20-item agenda. 

The push came into public view Thursday, when Abbott's office began announcing lawmakers who will take the lead on individual item...

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