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Bell County moves closer to imposing hotel occupancy tax (TX)

Bell County is one step closer to a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax that will reportedly assist with renovations and upkeep of the Bell County Expo Center. HB 2019, a bill authorizing the imposition by certain counties of a hotel occupancy tax, was heard Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development. Keep Reading…

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Waco shooting and the Texas open carry debate

Will Sunday’s shooting in Waco impact the open carry debate currently underway in Texas? From Watchdog Arena: The impact of Sunday afternoon’s motorcycle gang brawl at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco remains to be seen, but it didn’t stop a Senate committee from voting to move forward on an open carry bill. The Texas Keep Reading…

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Might Texans still see property tax relief?

As Texans continue waiting for property tax relief to materialize, here’s a recap of what’s at issue. From Watchdog Arena: Believe it or not, experts agree that the economically thriving state of Texas has a property tax problem. With only two weeks left, whether the Texas Legislature will deliver property tax relief is yet to Keep Reading…

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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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