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2/20/2018
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SpaceX Wants $5 Million More for the Boca Chica Spaceport in Texas

SpaceX, which has been building a spaceport at Boca Chica near Brownsville, is asking the state of Texas for $5 million more to help pay for infrastructure related to the launch facility.

Category: General

2/19/2018
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A Medicaid Work Requirement for Texas?

One of the ideas being floated to help rein in the cost of Medicaid is to impose a work requirement for the program.

Category: General

2/16/2018
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Texas Governor Proposes New Property Tax Reform Measure

One of the vexing problems that the Texas Legislature has failed to address is the tendency of property taxes to increase every year, often faster than the incomes of home owners who are obliged to pay them.

Category: General

2/14/2018
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Policies Governing Employees' Use of Computer Equipment

Have you ever walked up on an employee using Facebook on the clock or standing at the copier with a stack of personal documents?

Category: Labor and Employment Law

2/12/2018
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Employment Agreements Such as Severance, Non-Compete, etc.

There are a variety of agreements that should be considered for your company's employment documents, depending on the complexity and nature of the business. Not all will apply to all businesses and some may seem unnecessary.

Category: Labor and Employment Law

2/6/2018
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Employee Handbooks

Every business has different processes, applicable standards and regulations, and values; therefore a proper employee handbook for your staff should not be a downloaded, unedited sample you find in the wilds of the internet.

Category: Labor and Employment Law

2/1/2018
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Policies on How Employees and Supervisors Communicate

There are policies governing employee and supervisor communication for reasons of productivity, and there are policies with bases of legal protection. The most common sense action is to put it all in writing and enforce it all uniformly.

Category: General

1/29/2018
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Top 3 Legal Pitfalls Small Businesses Encounter

With an industrial spirit, and enviable ambition, many small business owners leave no stone unturned in the marketplace. They see opportunity at every turn, and innovation knocking at each door. The sole focus of many small business owners is how to connect their talent, insight, and products with the millions of marketplace consumers.

Category: Small Business and Contracts

1/22/2018
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Sales Tax Surge to Help Texas to Keep Its Books in Balance

Keeping the books of the state of Texas balanced can be something of a challenge. The past session of the Texas Legislature balanced the 2018-19 budget, albeit barely. The next session, due to start in a year, is going to face quite a challenge in making sure that spending matches tax receipts.

Category: Business and Commercial Law

1/18/2018
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Banning Red Light Cameras in Texas

Many communities in the state of Texas have installed red light cameras at busy intersections. These cameras take a picture of the license plate of a vehicle running a red light. The DMV then sends a ticket to the motorist who is registered as owner of the vehicle in question.

Category: General

1/4/2018
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New STAAR Test Guidelines Issued in Texas in the Wake of Harvey

Harvey disrupted a great many aspects of Texas life, not the least of which was education. Many schools in the area affected by Texas were closed for days or even weeks, and some students were required to continue their learning at other schools as the ones they had attended underwent repairs.

Category: General

12/20/2017
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The Push for More Texas Toll Roads May Face Opposition in Legislature

One of the problems that has accompanied the burgeoning population growth in the state of Texas has been highway congestion.

Category: General

12/15/2017
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Texas Schools Hit by Hurricane Harvey Plead for Exemption from School Accountability Ratings

One of the lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey, which drenched a great deal of the Texas Gulf Coast centered on the Houston-Galveston area, has been how it has impacted the school districts in the affected area.

Category: General

12/11/2017
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State Funded Network of Sensors Begins to Track Fracking Related Earthquakes in Texas

Houston Public Media is reporting that a network of seismology sensors, partly funded by the state of Texas, is up and running.

Category: General

12/7/2017
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Debt Collection in Texas

The U.S. Justice Department reports that historically speaking, debtors were jailed for failing to pay their debts.

Category: Debt Collection

11/21/2017
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Employee or Independent Contractor?

There are benefits to classifying workers as independent contractors, the largest of which is cost savings.

Category: Texas Government Relations Solutions

11/20/2017
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The need for more medical residency positions discussed

Texas-educated aspiring doctors are saving a lot of money on student loans by going to medical school here but many are then exploring opportunities for residencies elsewhere.

Category: General

11/19/2017
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Prosecution of people in debt to rent to own companies

An obscure law passed decades ago, rent-to-own companies in Texas are allowed to pursue felony theft charges against those who default on payments.

Category: Texas Government Relations Solutions

11/10/2017
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Data Privacy Cases Pending in front of U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court will decide whether American courts can issue warrants for data stored on servers overseas.

Category: General

11/9/2017
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Austin Lawmakers Look at Bringing Amazon to Texas

Amazon.com announced that it was building a second headquarters, bringing with it a $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs, it set up a nation-wide bidding war.

Category: General

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11/9/2017
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New Legislation Provides Consumer Protections Regarding ERs

Legislation recently passed into law in Austin will provide considerable protection for Texas health care consumers with regard to freestanding emergency rooms.

Category: Texas Government Relations Solutions

10/28/2017
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Expanding into Global E-Commerce: Legal Considerations

The rise of global e-commerce is changing the face of business around the world.

Category: Business and Commercial Law

10/28/2017
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New law helps charter schools maintain facilities

House Bill 21 provides for the allocation $60 million to Texas charter schools for leasing and maintaining buildings and other facilities

Category: Texas Government Relations Solutions

10/21/2017
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Legal Considerations for Crowdsourcing and Freelancing

Commerce that involves knowledge is rapidly growing, along with new models for businesses that are emerging as thought leaders in their fields.

Category: Small Business General Counsel Services

10/20/2017
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Texas Legislative Issues/News: The Student Privacy Act

Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2087, the Student Privacy Act which protects data that students or the student’s parents provide

Category: Texas Government Relations Solutions

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