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  1. Several members of the Texas House have removed their names as co-authors of a bill that would regulate ride-hailing companies after the addition of an amendment that defines “sex” as the “physical condition of being male or female.” The amendment passed with a 90-52 vote Wednesday after House Bill 100’s author, Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, accepted the amendment, saying he views it as “further defining something that’s already defined.” But soon after, Democrats started pulling their support, saying the bill opened the door for discrimination against LGBT Texans. That issue has permeated the legislative session since Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick prioritized a “bathroom bill” that […] The post House Democrats disavow ride-hailing bill after addition of “sex” amendment appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  2. Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, has proposed a bill that would allow state money to go to federal law enforcement training. The bill would provide funds for counties, cities or other local agencies to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program. The program provides voluntary immigration training for any law-enforcement agency throughout the country that would like to participate. Participating officers train for four weeks at a training facility in South Carolina and receive a one-week refresher course once every two years. Throughout the country, 37 agencies participate in the program. The post Texas Sen. proposes grant so local police agencies can be trained for immigration enforcement appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  3. By Aliyya Swaby State Rep. Dan Huberty succeeded at a difficult task Wednesday: getting the Texas House of Representatives to vote for legislation overhauling the funding system for public education, without a court mandate. After a four-hour discussion of more than 30 proposed amendments, the House voted 134-16 to tentatively accept its top education leader’s plan to inject $1.6 billion into public schools, simplify the complex formulas for allocating that money, and target certain disadvantaged student groups for more funding. The bill must still be approved on a third and final reading in the House. The post House gives preliminary approval to bill overhauling school finance system appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  4. April 21-30: 50th annual WorldFest-Houston Independent Film Festival The festival features 200 independent films from 76 countries over 10 days. Times vary. $7.50 (matinee shows), $12.50 (evening shows), VIP packages available. AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale Road, Houston. www.worldfest.org April 22: Shipley Do-Nuts Dash at 8th Wonder Brewery The third annual event benefits Kids’ Meals, a Meals-on-Wheels organization that feeds preschool-age children living in poverty locally. The two-mile course has doughnut-themed obstacles, and an after party has free doughnuts, milk and beverages from the brewery. 9 a.m.-noon. $30. 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas St., Houston. www.eventbrite.com/e/shipley-do-nuts-dash-tickets-31265490925 April 22: ‘Garbage Island’ […] The post 8 things to do in Houston this weekend, April 21-23 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  5. HOUSTON — The walls, painted blue and yellow, are accented with inspirational words: “HOPE. BELIEVE. DREAM. FAITH.” Shelves and cubbies line one wall, stacked with toys and books. The room has a television and a limited supply of board games. Cribs are set up next door for napping infants. There’s a laundry room, showers, and a large closet full of extra clothes and toiletries. Sometimes the staff take the kids outside to use the basketball pavilion. That’s about all there is to do. No one is supposed to sleep or spend more than a few hours in this little building at the Harris County […] The post For troubled foster kids in Houston, sleeping in offices is “rock bottom” appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  6. Editor’s note: This story was updated April 20 to note that the Texas House gave final approval to House Bill 21. State Rep. Dan Huberty succeeded at a difficult task Wednesday: getting the Texas House of Representatives to vote for legislation overhauling the funding system for public education, without a court mandate. After a four-hour discussion of more than 30 proposed amendments, the House voted 134-16 to tentatively accept its top education leader’s plan to inject $1.6 billion into public schools, simplify the complex formulas for allocating that money, and target certain disadvantaged student groups for more funding. The bill must […] The post House gives preliminary approval to bill overhauling school finance system appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  7. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office has declared this year’s Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday will run from 12:01 a.m. on April 22 to midnight on April 24. Although there is no limit on the number of items Texas residents can buy during this time frame, there are some restrictions on qualifying items. Here is a list of some of the items that are tax-exempt this weekend: Tax-exempt if costing less than $75: Axes Batteries Can openers Carbon monoxide detectors Fire extinguishers First aid kits Fuel containers Ground anchor systems to provide temporary support to trees or building […] The post Prepping for flood season? Save on supplies this weekend appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  8. On Tuesday afternoon the House Public Education Committee heard a bill that has been called David’s Law, a bill named for David Molak, a 16-year-old who committed suicide in January 2016 after being cyberbullied. Molak, a student at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, was ridiculed on various social platforms by his peers. He transferred schools, but the bullying followed him. Molak’s parents, Matt and Maureen, helped state Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio, and Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, craft matching pieces of legislation that would change elements of the education, civil and penal code to create consequences for cyberbullying. The post Bill in Texas Legislature, David’s Law, aims to criminalize cyberbullying appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  9. The House Public Education Committee had what Chair Dan Huberty, R-Houston, called a smorgasbord of a day Tuesday afternoon with a wide variety of bills, including two regarding the University Interscholastic League, or UIL, which facilitates 14 different sports in Texas public schools. Two bills heard in committee Tuesday aimed to make competitions safer for those competing. The first, House Bill 1075 by state Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, would mandate the frequency and schedule of background checks for sports officials at UIL games. The post Changes could be coming to UIL school sports via the Texas Legislature appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  10. On Monday, four county judges from some of the largest counties in Texas, collectively with a population of more than 6.5 million, told Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, they were opposed to the so-called “bathroom bill.” The judges who signed off on the letter include Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. The judges call Senate Bill 6 an unnecessary, discriminatory and economically damaging piece of legislation and say the state could miss out on billions in […] The post 4 of Texas’ largest counties to Gov. Abbott: Say no to ‘bathroom bill’ appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  11. The National Weather Service has declared a flash flood watch for portions of southeast Texas through this afternoon, including the following counties: Harris, Fort Bend, Jackson, Austin, Chambers, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Matagorda, Colorado and Wharton. Flash Flood Watch for Harris County until 4:00pm Tuesday. https://t.co/0w3JoECTBR #houwx — Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) April 18, 2017 The post Flash flood watch in effect in Houston area counties through this afternoon appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  12. By Jim Malewitz Comptroller Glenn Hegar, the state’s chief financial officer, wants to overhaul the way Texas socks away money for tough economic times. He’s pitching an investment strategy — the creation of an endowment of sorts — that he believes would grow the state’s savings account by billions over the decades and give lawmakers extra funds each session for often-neglected items such as funding pensions, paying down debts or fixing crumbling infrastructure like state hospitals. Hegar’s plan, made public in a TribTalk column Thursday, would reshape the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the Rainy Day Fund. That […] The post Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar pitches Rainy Day Fund overhaul appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  13. Drivers can expect several lane and ramp closures on Easter weekend, which could impede travel on Loop 610, I-45 and Hwy. 290. The eastbound connector ramp from Loop 610 South to I-45 is closed continuously until Sept. 30. Drivers can detour by taking the I-45 southbound connector ramp, exiting on Broadway Street and making a U-turn. The I-45 Gulf northbound exit ramp to St. Joseph Parkway/Pease Street will be closed continuously until Oct. 2. Drivers will detour to the Scott Street exit to access the northbound I-45 frontage road. The Loop 610 South eastbound frontage road is closed from Woodridge Drive to I-35 and Reveille […] The post Lane and ramp closures affect major Houston connectors this weekend, April 14-16 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  14. There is no shortage of event options this weekend in Houston, including a few inaugural foodie events. Mac & Cheese Fest Houston Saturday More than two dozen local restaurants are participating in the annual festival, which features unlimited samples of mac and cheese and adult drink coupons with the price of admission. Featured restaurants include Prohibition, The Capital Grille, Yardhouse, Urban Eats and more than 20 others. Several Houston beverage companies will also be on-site with craft beer and spirits. Noon-4 p.m. $50 (general admission), $80 (VIP admission). Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston. macandcheesehouston.eventbrite.com HTX Dessert Crawl Saturday […] The post Mac & Cheese Fest and a dessert crawl: 6 things to do in Houston this weekend, April 14-16 appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles
  15. Thunderstorms have been rolling through the Greater Houston area this afternoon, and showers are forecasted to continue until about 6 p.m. .@HCFCD reporting almost 1″ of rain in the past hour near @iah. Roads may be tricky. Plan ahead if you’re headed to the big airport.✈#houwxpic.twitter.com/9L8sUetDgR — Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) April 11, 2017 The post Houston reacts to thunderstorms rolling through the area today appeared first on Community Impact Newspaper. full articles