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Hinojosa responds to Carona

May 31, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

 Sen. John Carona’s statement earlier today questioned an amendment to the TxDOT sunset bill advocated by Sen. Juan Hinojosa. Hinojosa has released to the Senate (and public) a letter in response to Carona. “My amendment to HB 300 contains the entirety of SB 1572, a bill I authored in response…

Smokeless tobacco users to pick up tab for tax cut

May 25, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

Interesting play in Senate Finance this morning: The committee approved Sen. Juan Hinojosa’s bill which changes the method of taxing smokeless tobacco to a weight-based system. The new method raises $105 million biennially, which will fund  a program paying off student loans for doctors who work in  under-served areas.  Next…

While Dew dithers, tuition debate opens

Mar 31, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

While Lt. David Dewhurst has not yet referred to committee several bills on the re-regulation of college tuition, the debate on the issue will move forward tomorrow morning in the Senate’s Higher Education Committee. Sen. Judith Zaffirini has scheduled a hearing on her version, which limits tuition increases to five…

Between a rock and Zaffirini

Mar 19, 2009 By Patricia Kilday Hart

That’s where Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst now finds himself regarding tuition de-regulation bills, most of which have not been referred to any committee.  The two main proposals are SB 1443 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini and SB 105 by Sen. Juan Hinojosa. Although Zaffirini was quoted in a newspaper story promising…