Supreme Court lets Austin City Council’s ballot language stand, state storm insurance group proposes rate hike, UT and UNT resist releasing details on soft drink deals.

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Posted by The Texas Monitor on Monday, November 6, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court will not order the Austin City Council to change the language it approved for two November ballot issues, regarding a city-government-wide independent audit and the fate of a new land development code.

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) wants to raise rates by 10 percent on policyholders next year, the largest increase allowed by state law, but the agency is facing a backlash from lawmakers and special interest groups in its coverage area of 14 counties.

A Boston University journalism student’s nationwide quest for records on state universities’ dealings with soft drink companies has turned up two Texas college systems reluctant to provide that information.

Attorneys for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton say outgoing state Rep. Rene Oliveira can keep the results of his DWI blood test a secret until his case is decided.

Confirming what might be the worst-kept secret in state politics, state Rep. Drew Darby told the media Friday he intends to run for speaker of the Texas House in the 2019 legislative session.



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