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Proposition 7 and oil regulation topics at legislative forum

Legislators from across the state met in Lubbock on Wednesday to participate in a State Legislative Forum hosted by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Whereas most legislative forums take part prior to legislative sessions, the discussions this time gave the legislators the opportunity to discuss some of the things they worked on that went into effect earlier this month. They ...

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Not in my state! Texas just protected the impossibility of buying a Tesla vehicle

Tesla motors experienced a substantial setback in the Lone Star state last week as the deadline passed for legislation to allow the company to sell cars in Texas at up to 12 locations. Midnight Thursday was the last opportunity for House Bill 1653 to gain full-chamber approval. Although the bill had support from both parties, strong opposition from car dealers ...

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‘Open carry,’ fracking bills return after technical delay

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of the Texas legislative session’s most-watched bills are again scheduled for debate and likely passage — three days after a technicality raised by Democrats temporarily derailed them. The Texas House had been poised to vote Tuesday on allowing licensed Texans to wear handguns in plain sight, overturning a Civil War-era ban on “open carry.” Also up ...

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Lawmakers give Austin Energy a verbal beating

Tuesday was among the roughest days Austin has endured in years from a Legislature often at odds with the political leanings of the state’s capital city. At a hearing about Austin Energy, the city-owned electric utility, state lawmakers ripped the veil off the political threats hanging over the utility, threatening deregulation after saying city officials had failed to heed years ...

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Texas House set to vote on bill banning local fracking bans

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Legislature is poised to take a major step toward wiping out a highly-publicized local ban on hydraulic fracturing approved by a college town near Dallas — and ensuring that other communities don’t follow suit. San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday. His is one of 11 proposals ...

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Denton City Council drills into its fracking ban ordinance

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Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Denton City Hall, the Denton City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission are drilling into the city’s new drilling ordinance to see if regulations can be added or changed. In November, Denton made headlines across the world when voters approved the first ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state of Texas.  The fracking ban ...

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