“Do Not Pass Go: Texas Legislature Cracks Down on Lewd Photos”

Come September 1, certain digital behavior of a number of Texans across the state will be criminalized: HB 2789, signed by Gov. Abbott, classifies nude or sexually explicit photos sent without consent as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500. Essentially garnering the same punishment as a speeding ticket, the […]

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Criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton remains threatened after court upholds prosecutor pay decision

BY EMMA PLATOFF After mulling the question for nearly six months, the nine Republican judges on Texas’ highest criminal court will not reconsider their 2018 ruling that threatens to imperil the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In November, a fractured Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that a six-figure payment to the special prosecutors appointed […]

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Texas legislators streamline landlord late fees

Starting September 1st, SB 1414, the bill signed by Greg Abbott to increase the flexibility of landlords to charge their renter fees for late payments, will go into effect. In current statute,  late fees charged by landlords must be proportionate to the landlord’s damages. However, SB 1414 alters the requirements landlords need to charge renters […]

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Plumbers Rally to Fix What’s Wrong with Austin

AUSTIN, TX – Nearly 10,000 Texas plumbers and their supporters rallied in front of the Texas Capitol today calling on state legislators to ensure the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners remains a stand alone agency. The plumbers decided to hold the rally after lawmakers failed to renew the licensing board, which regulates the industry, […]

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