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Broadband Gets a Boost in Texas

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has recently adopted a Middle Mile Broadband Rule. The rule permits electric utilities to lease their excess fiber capacity to internet service providers to provide broadband in unserved and underserved areas of Texas. The rule will help electric utilities partner with internet service providers to expand broadband access to […]

State Agencies May Not Consider an Arrest When Denying an Occupational License

This is the first part of a series in which we review changes to Texas agencies’ authority to punish occupational licensees based on criminal background. Effective September 1, 2019, several laws now improve the chances of Texans to obtain professional licenses despite their criminal history. In Senate Bill Number 1217, the Texas Legislature made it […]

Sunset Commission Proposal that DPS be Directed to Work with TDLR to Develop Regulatory Processes and Rules.

This is the ninth part in an ongoing series reviewing proposed changes to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) rules and law by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset Commission). As we discussed previously, DPS is being reviewed by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which has prepared its report for the Texas Legislature in the […]