Panel tackles campus sexual assault

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The State Affairs Committee on Thursday took up a number of bills intended to deal with the growing problem of sexual assault on campus. Committee Chair and Houston Senator Joan Huffman said that media reports and research demonstrate how pervasive this problem is. “It’s beyond troubling, it’s […]

Senate panel looks at controlling tuition costs

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate Higher Education Committee considered a number of approaches to combat rising tuition at public universities in Texas. Since giving boards of regents the power to set tuition rates in 2003, the average tuition and fees at public universities has risen on average 148 percent, increasing […]

Distracted driving ordinance begins

Sugar Land’s newly approved distracted driving ordinance took effect Monday. The new law prohibits the use of portable electronic devices while driving a vehicle in Sugar Land unless the device is in hands-free mode or being used for an emergency. Portable electronic devices include mobile phones, personal digital assistants, MP3s or other hand-held music players, […]

Learning to smile is something I can sink my teeth into

Learning how to smile isn’t an easy thing to do. Seriously, I’ve spent the first five decades of my life ashamed of my teeth and doing everything I could to hide them. Last month, however, the braces that I had been wearing for nearly two and a half years came off. For the first time […]

Spur 5 closed for new connector project

Beginning last Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation closed Spur 5 going northbound on the I-45 Gulf Freeway. The closure is the first of three phases for the I-45 Northbound Direct Connector Project. The project, once complete, will give this heavily traveled corridor two direct connectors at the I-45 Gulf Freeway and I-69/US 59 interchange. […]

Senate passes array of pro-law enforcement bills

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Monday saw the end of the 60-day constitutional prohibition on considering non-emergency legislation, and the Senate marked the occasion by passing a number of bills intended to protect and honor law enforcement in Texas. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who sets each day’s agenda, says the idea came […]

Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road Overpass ribbon-cutting held

County and City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 6 to celebrate the completion of the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road overpass. The 1.2-mile project is the final segment of the approximate 10 miles from Sienna Parkway to U.S. 90A/South Main. Of that, 7.5 miles are within the Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority boundaries […]

State Senate passes tax reform measures

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Senate passed two bills Tuesday intended to slow the growth of property taxes and gradually phase out the state franchise tax. The first measure, SB 2 by Houston Senator Paul Bettencourt, comes after statewide interim committee hearings where people testified to out-of-control property tax growth and […]

Senate committee considers easing handgun license costs

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star Texans seeking a license-to-carry (LTC) permit would see a much smaller fee under a bill considered by the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday. The current fee of $140 to apply for a license that permits concealed and open carry of handguns in the state is among […]

Senate sends bathroom bill to House

By Richard Lee For the Fort Bend Star The Texas Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would require people in public buildings, including schools, to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their current birth certificate. Dubbed the “bathroom bill” by media reports, the measure drew flak from opponents who say it unfairly […]

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