KUT Morning Newspod May 18, 2011
House to Consider Key Budget Bills
The Texas Legislative session ends in less than two weeks and state lawmakers still haven’t reached agreement over the state’s budget for the next two years. Wednesday the House will take up two so called “fiscal matters” bills. These bills delay payments and find non-tax revenue to help fill the state’s multi-billion dollar budget gap. One measure delays a $2 billion state payment to schools.
Legislature Close to First Look at New Congressional Map
So far, there’s no bill to redraw congressional district lines. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott takes a look at the hold-up and what’s next if nothing passes during the session.
House Passes Hog Hunting Bill
A bill on its way to the Governor’s desk would allow any licensed hunter to approach and contract with a landowner to shoot feral hogs and coyotes from helicopters on that landowner’s property. The Texas House gave final approval to the bill Tuesday. Right now only landowners are allowed to pay for helicopter hog hunts. Landowners say they want to expand the ability to hunt hogs from the sky because feral hogs damage wildlife, livestock, and crops.