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Tag Archives: Texas Legislature

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA hears mixed legislative review

Mike Heiligenstein, the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, told CTRMA board members at their most recent meeting that staff met a great deal with state representatives during the recent 84th legislative session – and they think…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County picks up the PACE

Travis County is the first jurisdiction in Texas to participate in a program that seems to hit the sweet spot between the business community and environmentalists.The Texas Legislature voted in 2013 to allow cities and counties to enact their own…

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation district talks flow for Hays County

Staff with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District spent more than an hour briefing board members on House Bill 3405’s implications Thursday. The long-anticipated bill could nearly double the district’s jurisdiction, and staff is presuming months of increased work as they…

Friday, June 12, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Legislature clouds future of jailhouse video-visitation policy

Before the end of their 2015 session, the 84th Texas Legislature passed a bill that could add a new wrinkle to the standoff between the Travis County Commissioners Court and the Sheriff’s Office over the jailhouse video-visitation program.HB 549 amends…

Monday, June 8, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: The 84th Lege and local municipalities

TravCo IGR honcho Deece Eckstein joins Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about the local municipal impact of laws passed (and not) by the just-ended 84th Texas Legislature.

Monday, May 18, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation District preps for annexation

With two major bills pending in Texas’ legislative session, officials with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District discussed a potentially rushed timeline at their regular meeting Thursday.In March, legislators put forward House Bill 3405 and Senate Bill 1440 to address…

Monday, May 11, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council tentatively extends large energy contracts

Austin Energy is stuck between a rock and a hard place, with the rock being the Texas Legislature and the hard place being the utility’s exhausted reserve funds. City Council is now working to wriggle the municipal energy provider out…

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD, others ask state for $3 billion in new funding

Three members from the Austin Independent School District board stood with more than 20 other school districts at the State Capitol on Wednesday to ask legislators for $3 billion in additional statewide school funding.“For AISD, this figure is vital,” said…

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Momentum slows on Austin/Travis County EMS bill

A bill that supporters say would bring more transparency to the way Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services workers are decredentialed has slowed after some unanticipated momentum.Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Association President Tony Marquardt has been trying to reform the…

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin representative takes on transportation

As the only member of the Texas House Transportation Committee hailing from Austin, freshman Democratic Rep. Celia Israel has vowed to bring the region’s gridlock woes to the Capitol. She recently told the Austin Monitor about a few of the…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Why Texas isn’t paying for what it wants from Austin’s classrooms

Travis County and the City of Austin take part in a regular fiscal dance with the State of Texas over who pays the costs of government. Over the next three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor will look at…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Adler suggests changes to AE business model

Mayor Steve Adler says City Council members are open to shifting how Austin Energy makes its transfers to the city, a move that may quiet talk in the Texas Legislature of deregulating the municipal energy company.“There is some support of…

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

How you’re paying (and maybe paying again) for Austin’s roads

Travis County and the City of Austin take part in a regular fiscal dance with the State of Texas over who pays the costs of government. Over the next three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor will look at…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy deregulation bill sent to Senate

A bill that could have major implications for Austin Energy and the city budget passed its first hurdle in the Texas House on Tuesday and now goes to the Senate floor. It could give certain Austin Energy customers the ability…

Sunday, April 12, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Local witnesses urge legislators to reject TNC bill

The House Transportation Committee heard numerous witnesses Thursday both supporting and opposing HB 2440, which would designate the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles as the state agency charged with issuing permits and overseeing rules for transportation networking companies such as…

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin attorney watching Legislature for city

Cary Grace, an assistant city attorney who is serving as Austin’s deputy intergovernmental relations officer, is counting the days until the end of this Legislative session. On Thursday, she noted that there were 53 days remaining.Those are 53 days that…

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Mobility Committee maneuvers on taxicab contracts

While the city has begun a process to rewrite regulations for both taxicabs and transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, a looming expiration of the city’s taxicab franchise agreements and a bill in the Texas Legislature appear to…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council discusses legislation that targets Austin

With the Texas Legislature’s March 13 filing deadline behind them, city staff are busy tracking the 6,400 or so bills that state legislators have filed this session. They joined City Council at a work session Tuesday for an update on…

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Water reports on water-related legislation

As Central Texas continues to face its worst drought on record, state legislators are considering several bills this session that could affect water supplies in Austin and throughout the state.Austin Water Utility Legislative Coordinator Heather Cooke briefed the Water and…

Monday, March 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

CAMPO says buses should skip highway traffic

Most highway drivers resist the urge to cruise alongside a traffic jam on the route’s shoulder — it is illegal, not to mention rude. Some buses in Texas, however, may soon get a pass to jump the line.The Capital Area…

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