Despite committee OK, pot bills still face hurdles in Legislature

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN – Any optimism supporters feel from this week's unprecedented committee passage of two bills to legalize or decriminalize marijuana possession in Texas is likely to be shortlived in the face of legislative deadlines and broader opposition in both chambers. A medical marijuana-related bill approved by the Senate on … Continue reading Despite committee OK, pot bills still face hurdles in Legislature

Ethics questions prompts an agency retreat on boxing tickets for lawmakers

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN — When the cornerman for boxer Carlos Molina famously jumped into the ring a bit too early for the referee’s liking during a 2012 fight at Reliant Arena, prompting the winning Molina’s disqualification and thunderous boos from the packed crowd — few spectators had a better view than a … Continue reading Ethics questions prompts an agency retreat on boxing tickets for lawmakers

Doves proving problematic for military pilots

San Antonio Express-News A booming dove population coupled with rapid community expansion is creating significant risk around military aircraft training facilities in San Antonio, according to commanders. As many as 10,000 white-winged doves fly across the south end of the runway at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph every day during the summer, said Air Force Col. … Continue reading Doves proving problematic for military pilots

A cool greyhound could be the House’s libation of choice

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN - As lawmakers ponder serious issues that impact Texans, at least one elected leader has taken the time to file a resolution that would designate an alcoholic beverage as the official drink of the 84th Legislature. Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, filed HCR 101, which would designate Texas vodka … Continue reading A cool greyhound could be the House’s libation of choice

Lawmakers respond to an increase of veterans in the state

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN — Legislators on both sides of the aisle agree there’s an increasing need to boost health and workforce benefits for Texas veterans this session. About 31,600 additional veterans are expected to be in the state next year, an impact of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Texas … Continue reading Lawmakers respond to an increase of veterans in the state

Lawmakers eye requiring schools to stock allergic-reaction drug

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN - San Antonio’s largest school districts, Northside and North East ISD, are a step ahead of lawmakers filing bills that would require public and charter schools to stock medicine that can counteract allergic reactions. Despite a federal law that provides financial incentives to stock the drug, many Texas schools … Continue reading Lawmakers eye requiring schools to stock allergic-reaction drug

Bill would make auto accident reports private

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN – Legislation filed by a Houston lawmaker that would restrict public release of accident reports is being opposed by open records advocates who say the measure would violate the spirit of open government laws. "Anything that's going to limit the public's access to that information we typically oppose … Continue reading Bill would make auto accident reports private

Bill proposes drinks at bars dispensed from automated machines

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN – Patrons of bars and businesses with proper alcohol licenses would be able to grab a cocktail or beer from an automatic dispensing machine - much like a soft drink - if the legislature passes a measure offered by a Laredo lawmaker. Texas is actually one of the … Continue reading Bill proposes drinks at bars dispensed from automated machines

Lawmakers push for streamlined environmental permitting process

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle AUSTIN - A San Antonio sewer treatment plant has been waiting five years to receive a water rights permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - a wait that could be shortened if Republican lawmakers get their way this legislative session. Clint Ellis, general manager for the Cibolo … Continue reading Lawmakers push for streamlined environmental permitting process

Phil Collins’ star rises over the Alamo

San Antonio Express-News & The Houston Chronicle  AUSTIN - Pop star Phil Collins, who has donated a private collection of artifacts to the caretakers of the Alamo, became an honorary Texan at the Capitol on Wednesday. Collins received the honor as he appeared at the Texas House and Senate, where he delivered another gift to Rep. … Continue reading Phil Collins’ star rises over the Alamo