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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…


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…


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…


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…


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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