Higher Ed committee looks at campus free speech issues

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Higher Education Committee discussed the issue of campus censorship in the wake of a number of high profile incidents in other states. The discussion centered around a bill offered by Lakeway Senator Dawn Buckingham, who is trying to reinforce state and federal constitutional protections for […]

Government can’t control your quality of life

Last week I had the privilege to serve on a panel during the candidates’ forum for Stafford City Council. Three of the four candidates were there (the fourth couldn’t attend due to a health issue). Although I have covered numerous candidate forums in my career, it was the first time I’ve been invited to be […]

Education chair rolls out school finance reform package

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Education Committee heard testimony April 18 on a bill that would drastically change the current school funding formula. Often criticized for its complexity and inaccessibility to lay people, the current formula uses a number of complex calculations, multipliers, exceptions, tax thresholds and valuations to arrive […]

Reynolds gives updates from Legislature

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, has been busy in the regular session of the 85th Legislature. He released the following statement April 19 regarding the marking of the 100th day of the 85th Legislative session: “Today is the 100th day of the 85th legislative session. That means my colleagues and I have 40 days […]

Bill would protect kids walking home from school

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Education Committee considered and quickly approved a measure that its author says will help communities protect kids walking to or from school as they pass through dangerous areas. “Imagine being afraid to walk home from school because you don’t know what you’ll encounter on your […]

Bill would account for cost of illegal immigration

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Finance Committee on Monday took up a bill that its author says will help the state understand the true cost in state funds of illegal immigration in Texas. Though the federal government is responsible for maintaining border security, its failure to secure the border is […]

Bill would let citizens vote before annexation

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Registered voters in an area targeted for annexation by a city would get a say in the process under a bill tentatively approved by the Senate on Thursday. The bill, SB 715 by New Braunfels Senator Donna Campbell, would streamline private annexation where both parties agree and […]

Education chair rolls out school finance reform package

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday evening on a bill that would drastically change the current school funding formula. Often criticized for its complexity and inaccessibility to lay people, the current formula uses a number of complex calculations, multipliers, exceptions, tax thresholds and valuations to arrive […]

Rep. Reynolds gives updates from Legislature

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, has been busy in the regular session of the 85th Legislature. The following are recent reports issued by his office. Texas House amends budget Thursday, April 6th was a big day that led into Friday morning at the Texas Capitol. According to the Texas Constitution, the budget is the only […]

Panel considers extending school hold-harmless funding

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star A program to keep school districts from losing money under the 2006 school finance reform plan is scheduled to end this year, but a bill before the Senate Education Committee Tuesday would extend that deadline to 2023. The Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction, or ASATR, fund […]

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