Despite our free-enterprise culture, there are pockets of anti-competitive behavior where government regulation and edict rule the day, harming consumers with a 19th century regulatory model. One such industry that fits that description is title insurance.
Daily fantasy sports are being played in 40 states. It's time for the state to update its statutes so Texans can enjoy these skill-based competitions without concern of breaking the law.
Raising the smoking age would be an ambitious stride towards achieving a healthier, wealthier Texas, moving our state to the front of the pack in national efforts to curb preventable death and disease.
The primary impetus behind the use of asset forfeiture law is to cripple the capability of drug kingpins and criminal organizations — a very laudable objective. Yet because the state law is so broadly written, police and prosecutors have unfettered discretion in how the law is applied.
What if I told you that the government could seize and keep your home, your vehicle, your cash, or any other property it wanted without convicting you of a crime, or worse yet, without even charging you with a crime?
In criminal justice reform circles, we often talk about the need to stop jailing people we’re mad at so we can focus on people we have reason to fear. I can’t think of anything that applies to more than marijuana use.
Thirty U.S. states are home to 61 government programs that provide financial assistance to parents who choose private schools for their children. Texas is not one of them. That could be changing.
Growing state and federal government regulations and insurance company mandates directly affect the practice of medicine.
It is transgender individuals who experience that anxiety upon entering public spaces designated for one sex or another, not cisgender women or students. The Texas Privacy Act will increase that fear and anxiety while costing the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
For years, Democrats and progressives have rallied in support of investments in education, improvements in healthcare and protection of the environment. They have been tireless champions of civil rights and voting rights. Unfortunately, what they haven’t talked about enough is the increasingly high property taxes surging in Texas.
It turns out that the first test for the Sessions/Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) could come in Texas. The state’s Republican Legislature passed the most restrictive voter ID law in the nation in 2011, and it has been ruled by federal courts to illegally discriminate against Hispanic, African American and elderly Texans.
Texas must improve prescription monitoring to curb patient abuse and adopt tough penalties to address crime assault on pharmacies
Ours is just one of many success stories that make Texas and the U.S. what they are today. Immigrants and refugees like those trying to come to our cities now share similar struggles and aspirations. They are not trying to harm us; they seek to make America their home.
While Texans should retain the right to sue when they have valid hail damage claims that aren’t being resolved, state law should be reformed to remove the incentives for protracted litigation.
Texas residents may feel safer as a result of this destructive legislation, but it will not be long before they will also feel the consequences of a vanishing immigrant community in terms of higher prices, labor shortages and a stagnating economy.
Government has a role to play in helping the poor, the elderly and disabled. Our elected Texas officeholders shouldn’t ignore this group of citizens. Most of our current social services are rated at or near the bottom compared to other states.
State regulators ultimately tasked with spending the VW settlement should use the money to get diesel vehicles off the road when and where we can, both for air quality purposes, and to reduce our dependence on OPEC oil.
Because transgender people's access to public facilities is a comparatively new issue on the public agenda, most people are still forming opinions about it, which makes attention to the intentions and uses of different kinds of polling critical to assessing how polling is used for advocacy on this and other issues.
Texas has a serious mental health problem. Far too often, and far too expensively, we’re dealing with it through our criminal justice system and other systems poorly designed to help and support people with mental health challenges.
When manufacturers compete to make the best product and dealers compete to offer the best pricing and service, the ultimate winner is the Texas family.
FECs can increase access to care, improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs.
With emergencies underway in the state's child protective services and foster care, Texas should allow non-profits, including faith-based organizations, to reach out to families in crisis, intervening before abuse or neglect occurs.
We shouldn’t just chase the CPS epidemic — let’s get ahead of it: Invest in prevention or watch more children suffer and pay dearly for it.