New Texas law protects rent-to-own customers against criminal prosecution

BY SHANNON NAJMABADI AND JAY ROOT Texans who sign rent-to-own contracts to lease furniture, electronics and other household items will receive new protection against being arrested or criminally prosecuted if they renege on the terms, thanks to a law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last week. The heavily negotiated change, which takes effect in September, still allows rent-to-own […]

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Kids can’t count on recess in Texas

Why does Greg Abbott hate recess? We’re not really sure. Hiding behind claims that oversight and bureaucracy hurt the Texas Education Agency and school districts, Abbott confuses Texans by nixing a bill that would create a recess standard for districts.  HB 455 would have instructed the Texas Education Agency to develop standard model policies for […]

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Stickland Leaves the Texas Legislature on Bad Terms

State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) announced today he would not seek re-election in the Texas House. While this is good news for House District 92, he is leaving the Legislature on bad terms. Stickland entered the Legislature after being first elected in 2012, meaning he has served long enough – eight years – to be […]

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Kids say the darndest things

Participating in testimony at the Capitol is so easy a toddler could do it… and they sometimes do. If you want to testify for a bill in the Texas House or Senate, the process is simple. Fill out the kiosk on site at the Capitol or access Capitol WiFi and register on your own device, […]

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86th Legislature Fails Texans with Pre-existing conditions

Protections for pre-existing conditions could be lost under a current lawsuit and the 86th legislative session failed to do anything to help protect some of Texas’ most vulnerable. The battle about universal healthcare coverage has been a long and deliberate road. When the federal bill passed, it was up to the states to carry out […]

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