EoT: Conspiracy theories and cocaine crunch

Editor’s note: Eyes on Texas is a roundup of news, columns and features about the state, from media around the world. Jade Helm A planned three-month military training exercise in Texas called Jade Helm has stirred up all sorts of conspiracy theories. Now actor Chuck Norris has joined the crowd of those convinced it’s a … Read more

Another House session in the history books

The Texas House adjourned sine die (meaning without assigning a day for a further meeting) this past week. The dust is beginning to settle around the Capitol, and things have slowed down dramatically after the scramble to finish up business before the legislative deadlines. Legislative highlights This session was a major success on many fronts, … Read more

The way forward for Congress

There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing. Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in … Read more

Senate Committee hears bill to regulate payday lenders

Three bills aimed at reining in what supporters believe are unfair lending practices by so-called payday lenders were in front of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday. Critics of these lenders say that they offer unreasonable terms that trap borrowers in an inescapable cycle of debt paying exorbitant fees and interest payments. “Currently … Read more

Bill would set rules for police body cameras

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee looked at a bill Tuesday that would create a set of uniform rules for police departments using body cameras. Dallas Senator Royce West said that several high-profile cases involving police use of deadly force have prompted national interest in cameras worn on the body by police officers that record interactions … Read more

Reps hard at work during spring break

While many of the schools across our district enjoyed spring break this past week, the Texas Legislature was hard at work in Austin. House Speaker Joe Straus announced that next week we will begin bringing bills to the House floor. This is when things really begin to pick up, and that should be especially true … Read more