Active duty U.S. military personnel in Texas would be able to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages beginning at age 18

Active duty U.S. military personnel in Texas would be able to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages beginning at age 18 years under legislation that has been filed by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

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Lawmakers file more than 900 bills Friday

More than 900 bills were filed Friday, as lawmakers scrambled to get their final pieces of legislation submitted before the 6 p.m. filing deadline. 

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Proposal would require top courts to broadcast arguments

A Texas lawmaker has proposed asking voters to decide whether the state’s highest appeals courts should have to record and post online video of its proceedings, a move that would bring the Lone Star State up to speed with 30 U.S. states.

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Lawmaker pushes rehabilitation for minors arrested on drug charges

Juveniles busted on drug related charges could receive substance abuse educational classes instead of a harsher penalty.

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New legislative internship places Valley students with local reps in Austin

Five state representatives began housing the UTPA interns in January including Muñoz, D-Mission, state Reps. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, Oscar Longoria Jr., D-La Joya, Armando “Mando” Martinez, D-Weslaco, and Bobby Guerra, D-McAllen.

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RGV legislators react to border security announcement

Rio Grande Valley legislators agreed border security has to be dealt with, but exactly how is still debatable, after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday to extend the National Guard’s presence.

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Four Texas legislators push to make student ID acceptable as voter ID

Four Texas lawmakers are making voter turnout among college students a priority by proposing bills that would make university-issued ID cards an acceptable form of voter ID.

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Valley representatives bills seek tax free textbook sales for college students

Two Rio Grande Valley representatives have filed bills seeking a tax-free period of time for textbook sales, hoping to help make college more affordable for students.

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State Rep. Canales re-files legislation to protect young children of the dangers of energy drinks

With more troubling evidence surfacing about the dangers of energy drinks, especially to young children, Rio Grande Valley Rep. Terry Canales, has re-filed his legislative proposal from 2013 that would eliminate such highly-caffeinated beverages from Texas’ public food program.

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Texans could be fined for smoking in cars with children

House Bill 461 is now up for discussion. The bill bans smoking tobacco in a vehicle if there is a child eight years old or younger aboard.According to the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, children who are around second hand smoke have a higher risk of getting bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma.

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