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Hays Free Press April 15, 2015 NEWS Page 5A + O tate deauthori I [/ D Mc ien Ne stepin . to investigate and i the process will be for k..Jprosecute public car- Capitol the bill to be passed by ruption would be moved Highlighto the full Senate and then out 0fthe Travis Countyby Ed Sterling to iron OUt differences District Attorney's Office with the House version, under Senate Bill 10, leg- islation approved by the Senate on April 9. Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of.the Depart- ment of Public Safety, would reestablish and support the state's Public Integrity Unit and assume the initial investigatory role when a complaint is filed against a public official. Cases would be prosecuted in the county where a public official resides. 'Tkfter more than three decades of accept- ing this cultural norm, the public has lost confidence in this tacit scheme, and Texas needs a fair and explicit process to hold wrongdoers accountable," Huffman said. The unit has been located in Travis County since 1982, when it was created by an act of the SENATE PASSES RIGHT TO TRY SB 694, legislation to give terminal patients quicker access to ex- be assigned to a jointper(mental treatments, of the 2013 legislative House-Senate conference unanimously passed the Senate on April 9. session, but Lehmberg committee, to be namedFreshman Sen. Paul rebuffed Perry by remain- by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Bettencourt, R-Hous- ing in office. Perry vetoed who presides over the ton, said he offered the the unit's $7.5 million Senate, and House Speak- legislation because he be- budget. He was later er Joe Straus. lieves the current system indicted on a charge of Regarding the Senate is too cumbersome and official coercion for using version Hinojosa said,slow to help people who his veto power in an "We increased access need treatment fast. attempt to force Lehm- and funding to services Bettencourt said " berg to resign. Lehmberg needed by our most his bill would create a was elected to a four-year vulnerable populations: "framework to help those term as district attorney the young, elderl% sick with a terminal disease in 2012. and poor. We invested get access to drugs and SB 10, approved by in infrastructure, border treatments still in the the Senate with all 20 of security, and our stu-federal Food and Drug the body's Republicans dents. The budget is well Administration trial pro- voting in favor and all 10 within all constitutional cess quickly and safely." of the body's Democrats spending and debt limits, In Senate floor debate, voting in opposition, has and will pave the way for Health and Human Ser- moved to the Texas House an educated and healthy vices Committee Chair for consideration, workforce and a success- Charles Schwertner, ful Texas economy." R-Georgetown, raised SENATE'S BUDGET BILL MOVES a concern that families and patients facing dire circumstances could be easily deceived by people making false promises for profit. Language in the bill was amended so that a company offering a drug covered under the bill or a doctor adminis- tering the treatment must agree to do so at no cost to the patient. SALES TAX REVENUE INCREASES The Senate Finance Committee on April 8 unanimously approved Committee Substitute House Bill 1, its version State Comptroller Glenn Hegar last week said state sales tax rev- enue in March totaled $2.12 billion, a 1.5 per- cent increase compared to March in the previous year. "State sales tax collec- tions have now grown for 60 consecutive months despite weakening in the energy sector. This moderated growth was expected and is currently in Iine with estimates pre- sented in January," Hegar explained in an April 8 news release. "Receipts in the construction, services and restaurant sectors re- mained relatively strong. We will continue to mon- itor the state's economic activity and its impact on key revenue sources." Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive their April local sales tax allocations totaling $576.6 million, up 4 percent compared to April 2014. Ed Sterling works for the Texas Press Associ- ation and follows the Legislature for the organi- zation. edsterling@texaspress. cam PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO FM 1626 FROM RM 967 TO FM May 5, 2015 I 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Elm Grove Elementary School I 801 W FM 1626, Buda 2770 In cooperation with Hays County, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold an open house and public Texas Legislature. Efforts toward stripping the unit and its authority from Travis County began two years ago when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who heads the unit, was arrested and pied guilty to drunken driving. Then- Gov. Rick Perry called for Lehmberg's resignation approaching the end of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Coming in a $211.4 billion - about $1.5 billion more than the version passed earlier by the full Texas House - the legislation was authored primarily by Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, andVice Chair Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, COMMENTS FROM THE WEB THANK YOU to one of the cart men at Walmart! I acci- dently left my wallet in a basket and he kindly turned it in with ALL my Money and Belongings! I can't thank you enough! Karma differently comes around even with good deeds! --Christine Spinks on "Walmart now in Kyle" Thank God for no injuries ! Saw this accident right after it happened and was wondering about the driver. - Sandi Zambrano Montanez on "1-35 closed because of overturned truck" I was caught in that mess. I've never seen so many offi- cers with automatic rifles in one place. 2 miles of frontage road shut down with officers every few feet. Wonder what the occupants that ran from the vehicle had in THAT car. - Kay Bailey on "Two run from traffic stop, police still searching" hearing for the proposed improvements to Farm-to-Market (FM) 1626 from Ranch-to-Market (RM) 967 to FM 2770 in Hays County, Texas. The purpose of the open house and public hearing is to present the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and schematic design and to receive comments from the public. The open house and public hearing will be held on May 5, 2015, at Elm Grove Elementary School at 801 W FM 1626, Budai Texas, 78610. An open house will be held from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, during which maps of the project area and schematics will be available for review and comment. Following the open house, a public hearing will begin at 6:30 PM with a brief presentation on the proposed improvements, at which time members .of the public will be encouraged to share their comments regarding t.he proposed project for inclusion into the official public record. Preliminary maps and documents Can be found at the Hays County Precinct 2 office at 5458 FM 2770 Suite 124, Kyle, Texas, 78640 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The proposed project is approximately 3.3 miles in length and would widen the existing two-lane, undivided roadway to a four-lane divided arterial with a center left-turn lane. The purpose of the project is to improve mobility and increase public safety along FM 1626, a major commuter route between Hays County communities and Austin, by increasing capacity through construction of additional travel lanes and by providing refuge for turning vehicles. Approximately 11.24 acres of additional right of way would be required for construction of the proposed improvements. The proposed widening would include work at the Onion Creek and Mustang Branch bridged crossings, and approximately 0.43 acres of the new right-of-way lie within the 100-year floodplain. The proposed project is located over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and portions of the Edwards II sole-source aquifer recharge zone. A Water Pollution Abatement Plan has been submitted and approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The proposed project would require no residential relocations and no commercial displacements. No public or community facilities would be displaced. All members of the public are invited to attend this open house and public hearing. Meeting handouts will be available in English and Spanish, and a Spanish translator will be present throughout the open house and public hearing. Persons interested in attending this hearing that have special communication and/or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact TxDOT Austin District Office at (512) 832- 7218 at least two days prior to the meeting. Any requests for other language interpretation other than the Spanish interpretation to be provided should also be made at least two days prior to the public hearing. TxDOT will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs. Verbal comments regarding the proposed project may be provided during the public hearing or spoken directly to the court reporter following the conclusion of the hearing. Written comments may be submitted during or after the hearing, either in person or by mail, to the District Environmental Coordinator, P.O. Box 15426, Austin, Texas, 78761-5426. Comments will also be accepted by email at Comments must be postmarked or emailed by May 15; 2015, in order to be included as part of the official public record. For more information and project materials, please contact Jan Geiselbrecht by telephone at (512) 832-7218, or by email at Jon.Geiselbrecht@txdot.Eov. The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT. The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer District will work to protect the City of Buda's water source from being taken out from beneath its feet. Meanwhile, the City of Buda spends $60,000 (unbudgeted from the water fund) to hire lobbyists to stop the district from. being able to protect the aquifer in other areas of the County. Thanks Buda !! Nice going ! Why don't you save your citizens some money and just work with GBRA to bring surplus water to Buda? - Ula Knight on "Water for sale?" Wouldn't this sale of water lower the Edwards aquifer level much faster? - Erikiux Loaeza on "Water for sale?" Growth should be planned and controlled, which means figuring out how to supply water before building and allowing people to "move here in droves." - Suzanne Teshera on "Water for sale?" NOTICE OF CITIZEN WORKSHOPS AND COMMISSION MEETINGS ON CHARTER REVIEW NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Charter Review Commission of the City of Kyle, Texas, will host three (3) Saturday citizen workshops to gather public input regarding possible revisions to the city charter. The workshops are scheduled as follows: April 25th at 10:00 a.m., Kyle Public Library, 550 Scott' Street May 16th, (location to be determined) June 20th (location to be determined) During each workshop, the Charter Review Commission will conduct a citizen comment session on the city's charter. The Commission is also scheduled for regular meetings the following Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Kyle City Hall, Upstairs Conference Room.: April 14th and 28th May 12th and 26th June 9th and 23rd The Commission may amend the location or schedule of regular meetings due to holidays and/or unforeseen circumstances. Visit council/charter-review-commission-0 for the latest updates to the meeting schedule. Citizens may review the current city charter by visiting https:// of ordinances?nodeld=PTICH i Jennifer Vetrano Community Development Coordinator City of Kyle, Texas NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION (AVISO DE ELECCION GENERAL) To the registered voters of the City of Kyle, Texas: (a los votantes vegistrados de Ciudad de Kyle, Texas): Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a,m. to 7:00 p.m., on May 9, 2015, t'or voting in a general election to elect Council Member District 5, and Council Member District 6, (Nofd'iquese, par Ins present, qua las easitlas electorales citadas abaja s abrirfin desde fas 7:00 a.m. hasta las 7:IYJ p.m el 9 de mayo, 2015 lYara votar en la Ek'cci6n General para elegir a un miembro del Consejo de Distrito 5, y un miembro de Consejo de Distrim 6. LOCATION(S) OF POLLING PLACES (DIRECCION(ES) DE LPd/CAS]LLAS ELECTORALES) Kyle City Hall Wallace Middle School (~apa Middle School 100 W Center St., Kyle, Texas 1500 W Center St., Kyle, Texas 331 t Daey Lane, Kyle, Texas Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at (La votaei6rt adetaatada en persona se [levani a cabo do lunes a viemes en) Kvle CiW Hall. 100 W. Center St.. Kvle. Texas 78640 (location) (sitio) Recommended but not required between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p,m. beginning on April 28, 20 t 5 through May l, 2015 (entre Ins 8:00 de la mafiana y 10s 5:0(i de la tarde empezando el 28 do abril basin el 1 de mayo), and on April 27 and May4, 2015 t~om 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (y el 27 de abdl y el 1 de mayo entre Ins 7:00 de la manafia y [as 7:00 de la tarde) and on Saturday, May 2, 20t 5 from 10:00 a.rn. to 2:00 p.m. ( y mbado, 2 de mayo entre Ins l 0;00 de la manaita y tas 2:00 de la tarde.) Applications ~br ballot by mail shall be mailed to:: (Las solicitudes para boletas qua s votanin en aumncia par congo deberhn enviarse a:) JOVCe Cowa~ (Name of Early Voting Clerk) (Ntmabre del Secretario(a) de ia VotaciGn Adelantada) 712 South Stagecoach Tr~'fl$le~...~ (.Address) (Direccibn) San Marcos, Texas __ 78666 (CiW) (Ciudad) (Zip Code) (Zena Poslal) Applications ~br ballots by mail mu~ be received no laler than the close of business on (Eas solicitudes para botetas que se votar~n en a~ancia por corro deber~n reibirse para el fin de tas horns de negocio el) Is,sued this the. 15th day of April, 2015. Emifida este din 15 de abril, 20 t 5.) iiiill|| li',iill l ill| It till | = i{ II it II II I