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Proposed Bill Would End Texas’ Controversial Driver Responsibility Program

Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) would be repealed under a bill considered by the Senate Finance Committee, the state Senate reported. The program has been heavily criticized for the financial burden it places on those affected, according to the Senate’s …

Texas Senate Passes Harvey Relief Package

Texas state senators unanimously approved a multi-billion dollar Harvey aid package aimed at helping communities still struggling to recover after the historic storm and prepare for the next one, according to an announcement released by the Texas Senate. “It’s been …

Texas Bill Would Protect First Responders’ Work Comp Claims from Illegal Denials

A bill recently filed in the Texas House of Representatives would penalize insurers that illegally deny Texas first responders access to medical treatment for line-of-duty injuries covered under state workers’ compensation laws. According to one of the authors of House …

Texas Water Board: Cost to Curb Flooding over 10 Years — $31.5B

The cost to curtail damaging flooding across Texas over the next 10 years is more than $31.5 billion and state officials are urging lawmakers to adopt legislation meant to end a cycle of “repairing and rebuilding,” according to a series …

Texas Lawmaker Seeks to Limit Austin’s Construction Site Worker Protections

Note: This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Cesar Ovalde has been working in the construction industry for the better part of 15 years. Most of the time, he’s working on large commercial projects, and gaps in training, he …

Statewide Ride-Hailing Regulation Bill Signed by Texas Governor

A bill that preempts local regulations for ride-hailing companies in Texas and replaces them statewide standards has been signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. HB 100, sponsored in the Senate by Georgetown Sen. Charles Schwertner, sets statewide operating standards, including insurance …

Texas Senate Committee Again Looks at Texting Ban

Another bill that would ban texting and driving has been taken up by the Senate State Affairs committee. The committee approved the Senate version, SB 31 by Laredo Sen. Judith Zaffirini in March, but the measure never made it to …

Texas Bill Shielding Landowners from Rock Climbing Injury Lawsuits Advances

The Texas Senate has approved a bill protecting property owners statewide from liability for injuries incurred by people rock climbing on their land. The proposal by Republican Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock now heads to the state House. It immunizes …

Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving Passed by Texas House

The Texas House on March 15 passed a statewide ban on texting while driving. Members voted 113-32 to tentatively approve the legislation, which will get a final vote in the House before it can proceed to the Senate. A Senate …

Texas Bill Banning Texting While Driving Statewide Goes to Senate

A bill that passed the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on March 13 aims to restrict texting while driving statewide. While several cities already have ordinances that restrict texting while behind the wheel, SB 31 by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini …