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"Sanctuary" bill heads back to Senate after marathon House debate
(El Paso KTSM (NBC) 9 © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367119048)

A bill that would outlaw sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Texas House Thursday afternoon, just hours after a 16-hour debate on the state-based immigration measure Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The bill passed on a party-line vote, 94 to 53. The legislation, Senate Bill 4, makes sheriffs, constables, police chiefs and local leaders subject to a Cl

 



 

A&M System gives OK to $32M building on Texarkana campus
(Texarkana Gazette © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367116393)

Texarkana A&M University System Board of Regents approved $32 million in funding for A&M-Texarkanas Academic and Student Services building during its meeting Thursday. The 58,000-square-foot building will house much-needed classrooms and laboratories to meet the needs of the schools expanding enrollments, particularly in nursing and health fields, as well as science, technology, engineering and m

 



 

Area law enforcement agencies react to House's passage of bill
(Brownsville Herald © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 03:13:20 (Article ID 1367153366)

Texas may be well on its way to outlawing sanctuary cities. The Texas House passed its version of the controversial legislation, first proposed by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, as SB 4 in the Senate, on Thursday morning. Because of a narrowly approved amendment to the bill, the House version now mirrors the legislation the Senate originally approved, in that law enforcement can ask about an

 



 

Bill would loosen gun restrictions on public school property
(Austin American-Statesman © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367230111)

The House Public Education Committee heard testimony Thursday for a bill that would allow handguns on public school property in certain situations. House Bill 1692, filed by state Rep. Cole Hefner, R-Mt. Pleasant, would allow licensed individuals to store a firearm in a locked car that is parked in a school parking lot. The bill has 43 authors and co-authors, both Democrats and Rep

 



 

Bills would undo cities efforts to rein in payday loans
(Abilene Reporter-News © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367139713)

In dozens of Texas cities, payday lenders face enhanced restrictions on how much they can charge borrowers. Past efforts to translate those individual city ordinances into a statewide policy have failed. This year, some state lawmakers are pushing for the opposite outcome: by passing measures that would either roll back those local ordinances or give payday and auto title lenders the power to tak

 



 

Donna Howard Says Restore Funding To Public Education Before Repealing The Franchise Tax
(KUT Austin © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367116587)

From Texas Standard: As the Texas House works to balance the state's budget, some lawmakers are attempting to abolish a tax a source of revenue whose loss others fear could jeopardize public education to the tune of untold billions. Earlier in the legislative session, the Senate voted to eliminate the franchise tax a tax on businesses that's based on gross receipts. The franchise tax brings in

 



 

Lawmakers take aim at insurance plan changes to patients' medications
(San Antonio Express-News © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367120043)

AUSTIN -- Health insurers are under pressure from Texas legislators to halt a practice that allows them to change the terms of coverage for prescription drugs with a pair of bills in the House and Senate that would extend earlier protections. Patient advocacy groups and doctor and nurse associations long have been opposed to the practice known as "non-medical switching," which allows insurers to

 



 

Longview's payday loan ordinance at risk from Texas legislation
(Longview News © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 03:13:20 (Article ID 1367178868)

Bills making their way through the Legislature would affect — or even repeal — an ordinance passed in February 2016 by the Longview City Council that restricts payday lenders. More than 40 Texas cities have passed laws restricting how much can be borrowed with payday or car title loans and how often they can be refinanced. Some state lawmakers are pushing to pass measures that would either r

 



 

Marathon House Debate Yields “Show Me Your Papers” Sanctuary Cities Bill: Amendment lets cops question detainees' immigration status
(Austin Chronicle © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367117068)

Following a 16-hour debate on Wednesday, the Texas House at around 3am approved an even harsher version of the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill than what was originally proposed on the floor. SB 4 passed through the House on second reading by a 94 to 53 vote. Senate Bill 4, authored by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, imposes civil and criminal penalties on lo

 



 

Sanctuary Cities: While you slept, the Texas House tentatively passed a ban
(KDAF (WB) 33 - Dallas © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367119389)

Texas House members on April 26, 2017, voted on an amendment to Senate Bill 4, legislation that would outlaw sanctuary jurisdictions in Texas. Credit: Marjorie Kamys Cotera The Texas Tribune After more than 16 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives early Thursday morning tentatively gave a nod to the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in

 



 

Survey: Texas voters support regulated fantasy sports
(Houston Chronicle © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367120323)

AUSTIN Nearly 70 percent of Texas voters are in favor of regulated online fantasy sports, according to survey released Thursday by the Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance. The survey comes as lawmakers debate whether to legalize paid fantasy sports betting on websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. Rep. Richard Pena Raymond authored a bill this session to make sure Texans can play fantasy sports onl

 



 

Texas Bills would undo cities' efforts to rein in payday lenders, advocates warn
(Abilene KTAB (CBS) 32 © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367115980)

by Jackie Wang, The Texas Tribune * April 27, 2017 In dozens of Texas cities, payday lenders face enhanced restrictions on how much they can charge borrowers. Past efforts to translate those individual city ordinances into a statewide policy have failed.This year, some state lawmakers are pushing for the opposite outcome: by passing measures that would either roll back tho

 



 

Texas House Approves Sanctuary Cities Bill
(KERA (PBS) 13 - Dallas © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367119379)

The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to penalize jurisdictions that don't honor detainer requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The vote on Senate Bill 4 was 94-53, along party lines. Final approval followed an early-morning vote on a second reading of the bill. The bill requires law enforcement officials to honor all warrantless requests from

 



 

Texas members of Congress differ on Trump tax plan
(Austin American-Statesman © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367230115)

"Pro-growth tax reform should be our goal, and it's something that's united Republicans and Democrats in the past, and there is no reason why we shouldn't be united again in accomplishing that tax reform. So I look forward to hearing more about the president's proposal, and I applaud him for making a bold statement about the direction we ought to go. Now is finally the time to address it." -- U.S

 



 

Texas Sues for Second Time to Get Its Execution Drugs Back | Houston Press
(Houston Press © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367116507)

ZaldyImg/Flickr A A - Texas is not giving up on its shipment of execution drugs that the U.S. Food Drug Administration has already deemed illegal. On Wednesday, the state sued the FDA for the second time in an attempt to get its

 



 

Tougher 'sanctuary cities' ban clears Texas House
(Austin American-Statesman © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367230083)

After debating for 16 hours and giving preliminary approval at 3 a.m. Thursday to a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities, Texas House members got a few hours of sleep and returned to work later in the day to give final approval in a 94-53 vote. All Democrats present voted "no." Senate Bill 4, authored by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, and carried in the House by Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Wo

 



 

Trial likely looms in Texas political map battle
(San Angelo Standard Times © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367138698)

SAN ANTONIO As the 2018 election cycle nears, it appears Texas and its legal foes are headed for a trial yet again over what the states House and congressional boundaries will look like, and it will likely come this summer. I think the trial is certain, said Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, a lead plaintiff in the years-long challenge of the states politica

 



 

NATIONAL POLITICAL NEWS

'The President Show' unevenly stretches Trump spoof
(CNN.com © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 03:13:20 (Article ID 1367169172)

(CNN)Comedy Central has plenty of experience lampooning sitting presidents, but "The President Show" takes the satire up a notch, in a mock talk show hosted by none other than Donald J. Trump -- or a reasonable facsimile thereof. The premiere yielded a few hearty laughs, but also exposed the limitations of the concept. Comic Anthony Atamanuik does a pretty uncanny Trump impersonation, the conceit

 



 

100 days into Trump presidency, Americans are united on this: They're divided
(USA Today © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 06:18:12 (Article ID 1367226895)

After 100 days of the Trump administration, one of the few things on which Americans are united is that they are still divided. Jonathan Pommerville of Detroit, a self-employed irrigation system installer, identifies with no party and didn’t even vote in the last election. But the 39-year-old knows this much: “Seems like we keep drifting apart.” The USA TODAY Network spent time with 18 America

 



 

At NRA conference, Trump's strong support among conservatives on full display
(USA Today © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 06:18:12 (Article ID 1367226656)

ATLANTA – In a week of events designed to promote his first 100 days in office, President Trump would be hard-pressed to find a more supportive group than the one he speaks to Friday: The National Rifle Association. The gun-loving crowd that gathered to cheer on the president at this year's NRA convention also underscores the fact that, despite the political travails and low approval ratings of

 



 

Congress Readies Votes Friday to Avert Government Shutdown
(Fox News © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 04:30:02 (Article ID 1367206155)

The U.S.Congressis set to debate legislation that would extend until May 5 the deadline for a deal on federal spending through September and head off a feared government shutdown at midnight on Friday.

 



 

Congress to get White House-backed bipartisan bill to upgrade aging federal networks
(Politico.com © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 06:45:12 (Article ID 1367232216)

Vitally, the legislation comes with a White House stamp of approval, lead sponsor Rep. Will Hurd told POLITICO. | Getty Rep. Will Hurd is behind a bill that partly originated as a proposal in the Obama administration's final budget. By Tim Starks 04/28/17 06:00 AM EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A bipartisan group of lawmakers will reintroduce major legislation on Friday t

 



 

Donald Trump is being shaped by the Oval Office
(CNN.com © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 07:41:53 (Article ID 1367240415)

(CNN)It is possible, even probable, that Donald Trump will leave office smarter than when he went in -- even if he still insists he is often the smartest one in the room. He'll have learnt that His Twitter spat in January with the Enrique Pena Nieto, the Mexican President, over who would pay for the border wall ended with the Mexican canceling his visit to Washington. They subsequently they both

 



 

GOP says it can pass short-term spending without Democrats
(Boston.com © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 03:13:20 (Article ID 1367170853)

WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans said they would push a short-term spending bill essential to keeping the government open through the House Friday with only GOP votes, if necessary.The brinkmanship came less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown.At the same time, a House GOP leader said late Thursday that there would be no vote on major GOP health care legislation until at l

 



 

Medicaid cuts are the real 'death panels': Column
(USA Today © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 06:18:12 (Article ID 1367226517)

When the Affordable Care Act was debated in Congress, many falsely characterized as "death panels" the once-bipartisan idea of voluntary consultations about hospice and other end-of-life care options. Sarah Palin popularized the term, writing that "the sick, the elderly and the disabled” — including her own child with Down Syndrome — would have to prove they were “ worthy of health care .” The l

 



 

No Vote on Healthcare Bill This Week in U.S. House
(Fox News © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 04:30:02 (Article ID 1367206255)

U.S. House leaders have decided against holding a vote on a reworked healthcare system overhaul this week after failing to find the necessary support, congressional aides said on Thursday.

 



 

Pentagon Opens Probe Into Michael Flynn's Foreign Payments
(The Wall Street Journal © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 04:43:56 (Article ID 1367214629)

WASHINGTON--The Pentagon's internal watchdog opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Mike Flynn violated the law by taking payments linked to foreign governments without permission after leaving the military, despite being warned against the practice, according to new documents released Thursday by congressional Democrats. A letter released by D

 



 

RNC Chairwoman: Trump's historic first 100 days
(Fox News © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 04:30:02 (Article ID 1367206083)

From the outset of the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to work on behalf of the American people to protect our interests both home and abroad. His message of shaking up Washington resonated with millions of people across the country who have long since become disillusioned with the status quo.

 



 

Trump Remarks on Trade, Missile Defense Rattle South Korea
(The Wall Street Journal © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 04:43:56 (Article ID 1367214615)

SEOUL--U.S. President Donald Trump said he wanted to renegotiate a free-trade deal with South Korea and have it pay for an American missile-defense system intended to shield the country against a North Korean attack, raising new doubts about two pillars of bilateral ties with a key ally. Mr. Trump, in remarks to Reuters published late on Thursday, said for the first time since taking office that

 



 

Trump Tax Plan Keeps Tax Breaks for 401(k)s
(The Wall Street Journal © 04/28/2017)
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Indexed 2017-04-28 04:43:56 (Article ID 1367214609)

WASHINGTON--The Trump administration's tax plan will preserve existing tax breaks for retirement plans such as 401(k)s, a White House official said Thursday, clearing up temporary uncertainty over the fate of the popular accounts. Press Secretary Sean Spicer briefly cast doubt on the future of 401(k)s during a White House briefingearlier in the day. When he was asked about tax incentives for ret

 



 


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