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City of Austin weighs in on communication, female leadership in government (TX)

Lots is happening these days in Austin. This just couldn’t be ignored. From Watchdog Arena: Political correctness creating insult and offense best describes the response to a March 27 city of Austin-organized training session entitled “The Changing Dynamics in Governance: Women Leading in Local Government.” Scheduled in response to the preponderance of women on Austin’s Keep Reading…

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Bill targets Texas audio recordings’ one-party consent status

While laws vary per state, Texas currently is a one-party consent state when it comes to audio recordings meaning a conversation can be legally recorded so long as one participant has knowledge of the recording. A bill, however, recently heard before the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice seeks to change that. Why is this Keep Reading…

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Texas guardianship bill moves forward

State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, has a bill offering greater protections to those targeted for court-initiated guardianships. From Watchdog Arena: A Tuesday hearing before the Texas House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence addressing HB 3914 rekindled the ongoing debate over abusive guardianships. Reform advocates call the system one-sided and exploitative even as probate Keep Reading…

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Bell County offers much perspective in taxpayer-funded lobbying debate (TX)

Bell County Commissioner Tim Brown and other Texas local government officials squared off against taxpayer advocates Monday in a Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing on SB 1862, a bill that seeks to stop local governments’ practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying. Perspectives differed sharply. The nature of testimony was telling as well. Local government officials decried Keep Reading…

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Taxpayer-funded lobbying under fire in Texas

Taxpayer-funded lobbying is a practice that both harms taxpayers and demeans the Texas legislative process. From Watchdog Arena: The tone was low-key, but stakes were high on Monday as Texas local governments squared off against taxpayer advocates in a Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing on taxpayer-funded lobbying. SB 1862 seeks to not only stop Keep Reading…

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