Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Beer Distributors, Craft Brewers Reach Tentative Deal http://kut.org/post/beer-distributors-craft-brewers-reach-tentative-deal <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Following a week of tense negotiations, a divided beer industry reached a compromise Monday on legislation to amend the state's alcoholic beverage code, beating a deadline set by state Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/john-carona/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-carona/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">John Carona</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">, R-Dallas, the</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;Senate Business and Commerce Committee chairman</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">. But the parties aren't disclosing any details until the official language is hammered out this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">“When I started working on this four years ago, no one would listen to me,” Scott Metzger, the legislative chairman of the Craft Brewers Guild, which is pushing to loosen restrictions on small brewpubs in the state. “Today, we have a deal.”</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:35:04 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6927 at http://kut.org Beer Distributors, Craft Brewers Reach Tentative Deal Craft Brew Bills Raise Questions Over Alcohol Code http://kut.org/post/craft-brew-bills-raise-questions-over-alcohol-code <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">The Senate Business and Commerce Committee on Tuesday acted as legislative referee over bills that would allow craft breweries to sell on their premises and self-distribute in Texas, but critics said the legislation would hurt the state's system of alcohol production and distribution.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">“It’s two different visions of where the beer industry in Texas needs to go,” said Rick Donley, president of the Texas Beer Alliance.</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 01:39:41 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6840 at http://kut.org Craft Brew Bills Raise Questions Over Alcohol Code Bill Would Increase Punishment for Fatal Hit-and-Runs http://kut.org/post/bill-would-increase-punishment-fatal-hit-and-runs <p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:58:19 +0000 Justin Dehn, Texas Tribune, Alana Rocha, Texas Tribune & Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6798 at http://kut.org Bill Would Increase Punishment for Fatal Hit-and-Runs Ron Paul Turns to UN to Get Ownership of Domain Name http://kut.org/post/ron-paul-turns-un-get-ownership-domain-name <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Ron Paul wants a pair of domain names back from his fans, but he doesn’t want to pay for them.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">The former presidential candidate and congressman filed a complaint Friday with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wipo.int/portal/index.html.en" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">World Intellectual Property Organization</a>, a United Nations agency,&nbsp;against the owners of RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org so he could gain control of the domains, according&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ronpaul.com/2013-02-08/ron-paul-vs-ronpaul-com/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">to a blog post published&nbsp;</a>on the site.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:14:13 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6545 at http://kut.org Ron Paul Turns to UN to Get Ownership of Domain Name After Backlash, Changes in Store for CSCOPE http://kut.org/post/after-backlash-changes-store-cscope <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">CSCOPE, a controversial statewide curriculum delivery system that has come under fire from critics for its prescriptive structure and a perceived anti-American bias, will undergo a sweeping review process and ensure better transparency, state Sen.</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Dan Patrick</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">, R-Houston, announced Friday.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">As a result of a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/01/31/senate-hearing-will-target-cscope/?utm_source=texastribune.org&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Stories" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Senate hearing</a>&nbsp;last week in which CSCOPE representatives faced tough questions from lawmakers, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, the state-funded group that designed the system, will review the materials included in the lesson plans and open all future meetings to the public, said Patrick, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. The group will also post the curriculum content online and eliminate civil and criminal penalties for teachers for releasing lesson plans.</p><p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:32:00 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6535 at http://kut.org After Backlash, Changes in Store for CSCOPE Perry Launches Pro-Texas Business Tour in California http://kut.org/post/perry-launches-pro-texas-business-tour-california <p>Californians heard from Texas Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a> on radio airwaves this week. Next week, they can expect to see the man himself, pitching Texas as the business frontier to high tech, insurance and film industry leaders throughout the Golden State.</p><p>Perry will begin his recruitment road trip on Sunday, traveling to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County. He will return to Texas on Wednesday, according to a schedule released Thursday.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:37:53 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6514 at http://kut.org Perry Launches Pro-Texas Business Tour in California School Finance Ruling Favors Districts http://kut.org/post/school-finance-ruling-favors-districts <p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:05:49 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune & Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6459 at http://kut.org School Finance Ruling Favors Districts Bill Would Allow Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates http://kut.org/post/bill-would-allow-same-sex-parents-birth-certificates <p></p><p>Andy Miller and Brian Stephens fell in love 12 years ago while they were training for a marathon on the trails around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. As they began talking about starting a family, they knew of only one same-sex couple who had successfully adopted.</p><p>“There weren’t a lot of role models,” Miller said.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:46:38 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6370 at http://kut.org Bill Would Allow Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates Bills Protect Gays In Employment Discrimination http://kut.org/post/bills-protect-gays-employment-discrimination <p></p><p>When Meghan Stabler first revealed her plans for a medical and physical transition from male to female to a co-worker in 2002, she was nervous and fearful.&nbsp;</p><p>“I worked with Human Resources to explain my story [to the company], a secret I had lived with since I was five years old,” that she identified as a woman, not as a man, she said Thursday. "Over a 12 month period, I had conversations with other executives, my department and [company] lawyers, and it was finally OK."&nbsp;In 2006, as an executive at BMC Software, Stabler had surgery to become a female, with the support of her employer.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:15:42 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6349 at http://kut.org Bills Protect Gays In Employment Discrimination House Rule Change Could Weaken Democratic Minority http://kut.org/post/house-rule-change-could-weaken-democratic-minority <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">The Texas House's Democratic minority was dealt a blow Monday when the House passed an amendment to the chamber's rules to limit legislators' ability to derail a bill based on clerical errors. Calling "points of order” on such errors is a strategy lawmakers have often used to block measures they oppose. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">State Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/phil-king/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/phil-king/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Phil King</a>, R-Weatherford, authored the amendment to the House rules to limit abuse of typographical mistakes to kill legislation. Points of order on those types of mistakes send bills back to committee to be corrected before they can return to the floor to be voted on.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Elena Schneider, Texas Tribune 6175 at http://kut.org House Rule Change Could Weaken Democratic Minority