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Roads Bill Debate Begins on the Senate Floor

20 April 2017, 06:58 | Todd Saunders

Governor Jim Justice signed the Medical Cannabis Act

Governor Jim Justice signed the Medical Cannabis Act

The Texas House has voted to create statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies, potentially voiding a local Austin ordinance that caused Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the state capital.

House Bill 3340 promoting high school apprenticeship in skilled trades was expected to be up for a vote on the House floor today.

Darby proposed putting all districts with fewer than 1,600 students at similar levels of funding, which he said would increase funding for more than 400 districts. Before the session, he said he believed it was an issue worth examining but has since declined to take a position on Senate Bill 6.

"While our system is lawful, it is very bad", state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, explaining what his sweeping school finance bill will do. "Every state study that has been done about school safety has not recommended it".

Last week, the Senate's chief budget writer, Jane Nelson, asked Paxton to rule that the Senate plan was legal, arguing that delaying the transfer by a month of the $2.5 billion to the highway fund from sales and use tax collections would not run afoul of wording in the constitution requiring it be transferred in the same fiscal year.

"Funding the public schools is one of the most important things that we do".

The Texas Supreme Court ruled previous year that the school finance system was in need of serious reform, but ultimately constitutional.

Senator Tom Greene, a Republican from Burlington who is a retired pharmacist, said one estimate indicates more than 12,500 Iowans could qualify for such treatment if the bill becomes law.

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"There is agreement between the majority of the House and Senate that the smoking of cannabis is not an act that is consistent with a healthy life and not consistent with consuming medicine", Bradley said. The two chambers will then have to negotiate a compromise bill.

"Rep. Simmons is offering a thoughtful proposal to make sure our children maintain privacy in our school bathrooms and locker rooms", - Gov. Greg Abbott in his statement endorsing the House version of the "bathroom bill" proposed by Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton. It works to equalize how much state money school districts across Texas receive.

Since the Texas Supreme Court ruled last summer that while deeply flawed, the school finance system is minimally constitutional, though, no legislative fix is required.

The added cost is due to the rate of decay across the system's 41,400 miles of roadway.

His bill was tentatively approved by the lower chamber in a 110-37 vote after representatives tacked on several amendments, including one that seeks to define "sex".

"When we increase access to contraception, we reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancies", said Sen.

There are two abortion bills still in play in the 2017 Montana Legislature.

"And that child suffered", Edwards says with her voice breaking, "like so numerous patients that we've heard from in committees over the years". Drew Darby, a San Angelo Republican, introduced an amendment that would reserve decades-old policy and boost funding for small school districts.



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