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Hays Free Press May 22, 2013 OPINION Page 5A +- + A Tith 10 days to go ,dlJ~ TORNADOES HIT NORTH .. ~[ ~1 until the end of the ~ TEXAS 140-day 83rd regular CAPITAL session of the Texas Legisla- Six people have been ture, a committee of House confirmed dead as a result of and Senate negotiators on an EF4-rated tornado that hit May 17 agreed on a pro- the city of Granbury on May posed state budget for fiscal 15. More than 100 homes years 2014 and 2015. were damaged. Next step is for the R-FortWorth, groups that Gov. Perry visited the 150-member House and spend more than $25,000 a city on May 17 to express the 31-member Senate to year on political activities concern and condolences, accept or reject the work of would have to report contri- and in his remarks, said, '~s a the negotiators in votes ex- butions of more than $1,000. state, Texas sent personnel to pected to take place May 20 In passing the bill, Geren assist with search and rescue or 21. Pressure is on to get said donors have every right operations and we stand the budget bill to Gov. Rick to give to political groups, ready to provide any other Perry as soon as possible, but they should be willing to assistance Granbury and while lawmakers carrying do so in the light of day, just the surrounding areas may hundreds of other bills hope like those who give directly need." to squeeze as many as pos- to candidates. sible through the process HB 346 was forwarded toEMPLOYMENT RATE in the last few days of the Gov. Perry's desk on May 14. IMPROVES session. Texas Workforce Members of both parties TEXAS FILES SUIT OVER Commission on May 17 in both houses worked furl- SPILL reported the Lone Star State's ously to replace as much as Attorney General Greg Ab- seasonally adjusted nonfarm possible of the $5.4 billion bert, acting on behalf of the employment expanded by cut from public education in State of Texas and several 33,100 jobs in April and the 2011 legislative session state agencies, on May 17 the seasonally adjusted as part of an across-the- filed a lawsuit against BP unemployment rate was board budget-reducing plan. America and a list of other unchanged at 6.4 percent for The comprise before defendants for their roles the month. the Legislature now would in the April 2010 Deepwater TWC Chairman Andres increase education funding Horizon offshore oil spill. Alcantar said all major by about $4 billion and take Filed in the Beaumont- industries in the state added $2 billion out of the state's based U.S. District Court - jobs over the last 12 months Rainy Day Fund for water in- Eastern District of Texas, the and the civilian labor force is frastructure improvements, lawsuit seeks natural resource at an all-time high with more Another $400 million from damages, economic damages than 12.7 million workers. the Rainy Day Fund would and civil penalties caused by Senator reaches milestone be added to transportation the five-million-barrel spill. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, funding already in the base According to the Of- D-Laredo, on May 17 budget bill. fice of the Texas Attorney celebrated her 50,000th Complicating the picture General, Texas is seeking consecutive vote since the is the fact that a two-thirds civil penalties for every 1987 session of the Texas majority vote in both cham- day of oil discharge and Legislature, when she was bers is required to spend for every barrel of oil that first elected to the Senate. Rainy Day Funds. was discharged; lost sales She has never missed a vote. tax, state hotel occupancy Senate President Pro DISCLOSURE DILL IS PASSED tax and mixed beverage tax Tempore LeticiaVan de On votes of 23-6 in the revenue; revenue lost from Putte, D-San Antonio, said Senate and 95-52 in the state park entrance, facil- lawmakers' voting records House, the Legislature ity, activity and concession were checked nationally and, passed SB 346, legislation fees; and damages to natural "We found that this record is that would require politi- resources, including wild- unique and unmatched." cally active non-profit orga- life and coastal ecosystems nizations to disclose their and habitats caused by the Ed Sterling works for the donors to the public, released oil and chemical Texas Press Association and Under the bill authored by dispersants, follows the Legislature for the Sen. 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