Texas Senate approves big cuts to statewide gun license fees

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04 April, 2017

House Bill 62 would classify the use of a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle a misdemeanor offense, unless the vehicle is not moving.

"I'm happy to have that conversation - to see whether it's good policy or not - we just ran out of time", the Martinsville Republican said, adding that the committee's final hearing is this week and he was unable to get Bacon's measure on the agenda.

Missing from the Senate proposal is a cigarette tax increase, pushed for by the House and health advocates. "It responsibly meets the needs of our state".

Dan Huberty's proposal increases per-student funding about $200 to $5,350.

"We're putting all the burden on the middle class while helping people making over $100,000", Facemire said. "But in the aggregate, funding for education is going up every year".

The Senate Finance Committee postponed consideration of a bill that would cut income tax collection by more than $520 million in its first year but would raise almost $450 million a year with a 7 percent sales tax and with a 3.5 percent tax on food (SB 409). That money will fund the hiring of additional caseworkers and a pay raise for employees, as well as increased services for children with the highest level of behavioral treatment needs.

"I'm committed to constitutionally sound photo identification at polling places", Huffman said.

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While the 2015 constitutional amendment on transportation funding allows for a "claw-back" of the $2.5 billion in sales tax, to keep it in the general fund, both chambers have to approve that by a two-thirds vote, he later explained to reporters. Nelson explained this is because of property taxes.

House Speaker Brian Bosma spoke in front of a packed senate chamber. Some Capitol insiders have wondered if the accounting trick is even acceptable under the Texas Constitution. Other education measures that passed out of the Senate this week include a bill to modify the point system in determining a school's grade on the state A-F report card system and a proposal to create a task force to study and make recommendations on reforms to the State Aid formula. It also begins to reduce the pressure on local property taxes, which have been funding a greater and greater share of education.

Kocurek and her son recalled the shooting in terrifying detail Monday for members of the State Affairs Committee.

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Anchia said at the time that business leaders have "ceded the field" - and it's up to Democrats to take extreme measures, like his proposed amendment, to get them back in play. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, of Nelson's bill.

That means the bill will cost Texas about $15 million annually. And public universities in Texas can expect some heartburn as their budgets are projected to face cuts of 6 to 10 percent, according to the Senate Finance Committee. Charles Schwertner led the Article II workgroup, which developed the health care spending portion of the budget.

"We can't cut our way to prosperity", he said.


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