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Senate Continues to Debate Road-Funding Bill

Senate Continues to Debate Road-Funding Bill

Republican State Sen. Donald White, the sponsor of the bill, says it would provide another option to improve the safety and security of children, teachers and school staff.

After the Senate approved a sweeping bill offering taxpayer funds to private and religious schools, the House overwhelmingly passed language in its version of the state budget forbidding the practice - likely killing state-subsidized "school choice".

The NBA, NFL and corporate giants including Facebook and Google have previously warned Texas against adopting a bill that was similar to the original North Carolina law.

The bill, SB 419, would cost the state an additional $400 million over the next two years, money that isn't set aside in the Senate version of the state budget.

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

A central provision of HB 21 is an increase in the basic allotment, the amount of state funding given to school districts per student.

The bill tweaks the current "Robin Hood" system, decreasing some local property tax revenue that school districts in wealthy areas share with those in poorer parts of the state. Don Coram (R-Montrose) - and bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. He also said this is the first time in more than 30 years that the Texas Legislature has the chance to fix the school finance system. Currently, five Texas cities (including San Antonio) have some kind of nondiscrimination ordinance in place - but the House bill would also invalidate any current ordinances.

Supporters say it's the government's job to take care of who they say are the most vulnerable, like unborn babies. It's an action that many are hoping will force more corporations to settle rather than draw out a lengthy and costly court battle.

And they took the final vote to approve HB 3451 requiring lethal pesticides used to kill feral hogs be studied and approved before they can be used. Another bill passed Tuesday by Schwertner, SB 979, would require any land taken through eminent domain by the railroad project company be used for the goal it was taken for, or be offered back to the original owner for repurchase. The bill would change that to require the pay out of interest in civil cases from their start.

A person familiar with the matter says Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the US government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft.

Texas guarantees state high school graduates admission to public universities if they finish in the top 10 percent of their class.

Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, the Senate's Republican majority leader, pushed back against those criticisms, pointing out the Republican-led Senate was taking up debate just hours after the critical press conferences of Tuesday morning.

Spearman told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week the proposal is created to protect domestic violence survivors from the "very real threat" of gun violence in their lives.


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