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By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 20, 2015 5:00 AM
By March, Brownsville’s plastic bag fee fund had swelled to $1 million, fueled by a fee of up to $1 per grocery transaction on consumers that was to pay for recycling and clean-up initiatives.
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 19, 2015 5:00 AM
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org Residential requirements for voting in Texas are murky at best — an official at the secretary of state’s office once said an address could be determined “by the voter.” Living “behind a tree” would be a little harder to use as an address for voting purposes under a bill authored by state [...]
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 15, 2015 5:20 PM
Dallas took in $552,300 in revenue in the year’s first quarter from its 5-cent plastic bag fee implemented Jan. 1, according to a 18-page review compiled by the city.
By Lou Ann Anderson | Watchdog.org | May 14, 2015 4:02 PM
In response to the many women newly elected to Austin’s city council, a training session on "The Changing Dynamics in Governance" was organized.
By Lou Ann Anderson | Watchdog.org | May 14, 2015 10:40 AM
A Texas legislative committee is considering a bill to ban one-party consent with audio recordings.
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org | May 14, 2015 5:00 AM
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org When Matthew McConaughey takes the stage Friday to address this year’s University of Houston grads in their gleaming new sports stadium, you can bet he’ll give them great advice. You can hope he’ll give them a discount on his speaker’s fee: He’s wealthy and wildly successful. He grew up in Texas. And [...]
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 13, 2015 5:00 AM
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org She was driving south down Greenville in Dallas just past I-635 in a black BMW Z4. Left hand lane, barely moving, slowing up traffic. The middle-aged woman was texting. Because she could. It was, in the words of Gov. Greg Abbott, “adult driving behavior.” Texas is one of four states that allows texting while [...]
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 12, 2015 5:00 AM
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association pays a commission rate that has over the past six years put an estimated $178 million in the hands of independent insurance agents at the expense of consumers.
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 12, 2015 5:00 AM
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, riddled by financial and ethical trouble and in state receivership since 2011, continues to grow.
By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org | May 11, 2015 4:40 PM
The Houston Community College System is suing the state Attorney General’s office for its decision to disallow an open records challenge from the system, according to a report from the Houston Press.