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Lawmakers stake early claim in pre-filed legislation
-Flurry of tax relief bills amidst burgeoning revenues

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
Bill filing for the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature began in earnest less than a week after the General Election, with 443 bills filed by week's end well exceeding the 309 bills filed during the same time in 2012. With state revenues blowing past the official estimates by outgoing Comptroller Susan Combs, tax relief figures large in the measures filed to date.
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KDFW: Proposed legislation would require body cameras on every patrol officer
KDFW-TV
State Senator Royce West wants every patrol officer in the state to wear a body camera. The ambitious plan would put cameras on roughly 54,000 patrol officers across various law enforcement agencies.
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Senate Open Government Committee hears testimony on student records
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
While federal law prevents a student's record from public release once the student is in college, laws are not as clear for those who applied to but did not attend the school, witnesses told the Senate Open Government Committee recently.
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Texas AG's office, city of Lubbock decline to disclose locations of dangerous chemicals
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock residents can know the dangerous chemicals used and stored within the city that must be reported to the fire department, they just can't know where, according to a recent Texas attorney general opinion.
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Records review: Gov. Perry's out-of-state travel tab for security tops $3.3 million
Houston Chronicle
Gov. Rick Perry said this year he'd consider moving to California when he leaves office, and his attraction to the state is evident in the latest tab for his ever-present security detail. The latest quarterly tally from the Texas Department of Public Safety shows another $178,251 in expenses for Perry's security detail to accompany him to out-of-state destinations. Of that, $67,329 was for California destinations.
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Help TAB report costs of news
Our industry makes a substantial investment in providing local news to our communities. This year, the TAB Annual Public Service Questionnaire asks stations to document these expenditures so that legislators in Austin and Washington, D.C., can better understand this extraordinary commitment. Individual station information will always remain confidential — only industry totals will be released. Since only station submissions are counted, it is vital that each station in Texas respond to the survey. To obtain PDF copy of the electronic form, contact TAB's Craig Bean. Forms are due to TAB by Friday, December 12, 2014.
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Save the date: TAB Convention & Trade Show
-Registration fees restructured for 2015 — budget now!

Texas broadcasting's biggest event returns to Austin in 2015. TAB's 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Show is set for Aug. 5-6 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Registration opens in May but the rates have changed! We've broken out some of the special events to streamline the packages and offer a little more flexibility to registrants.
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FX Design Group
Your set environment says a lot about your brand, your message and your product. It needs to be a memory making experience ... whether on screen or in person. For more than 25 years FX has been creating experiences that people simply never forget ... through great designs that really work. We are set designers, scenic builders, motion graphics designers and lighting experts who understand it is about enhancing the connection between you and your audience. FX Design Group is a TAB Associate Member!
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Telescript West Inc.
Telescript West, a TAB Associate Member, founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1985, has developed professional teleprompting applications software for more than 30 years. With millions of hours of use in the most demanding of teleprompting circumstances, TeleScript Pro/ProNEWS, TeleScriptAV and TeleScriptTECH set the bar for reliability, features and overall value in the professional production industry.
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Potentially troublesome ruling: NY court finds public performance right in pre-1972 sound recordings
Broadcast Law Blog
The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York found that there is a public performance right in pre-1972 sound recordings in that state, following two decisions from California finding a similar right under California law — though on different grounds). Like the first decision in California, this decision was the result of a law suit by Flo and Eddie of the Turtles against Sirius XM, arguing that Sirius XM was infringing on their rights by playing old Turtles songs without paying the duo any compensation. Unlike the California decision, which looked to specific language in the California statute about ownership of pre-1972 sound recordings, the New York Court reaches a decision in some ways broader than the California decision, but potentially also in some ways narrower.
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New FCC political complaints raise sponsorship identification issues for broadcasters in coming years
Broadcast Law Blog
Even though the election is over, political broadcasting issues have not stopped. Recently, the same groups — the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, and the Sunlight Foundation — that had previously objected to the sponsorship identification of issue ads funded by PACs with a limited donor base have struck again. This time, they have filed a complaint with the FCC against a Chicago TV station claiming that it should have identified former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as the true sponsor of an ad run by a PAC.
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Dec. 1 deadline for DTV ancillary/supplementary services report
Pillsbury Law
All commercial and noncommercial educational digital television broadcast station licensees and permittees must file FCC Form 317 by Dec. 1. The FCC requires all digital television stations, including all commercial and noncommercial educational full-power television stations, digital low-power television stations, digital translator television stations and digital Class A television stations to submit FCC Form 317 each year.
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Noncommercial webcasters royalty rate proposals for 2016-2020
Broadcast Law Blog
Noncommercial webcasters are often forgotten in the discussion of the current proceeding to set Internet radio sound recording royalties. But, along with the royalties for commercial webcasters, the current Copyright Royalty Board proceeding will also set the rates for noncommercial webcasters. Various proposals for noncommercial royalties have been submitted to the judges.
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Chen joins KTRK-TV Houston
MikeMcGuff.com
Former KOLO-TV 8 Reno News Now Morning Reporter/Fill-In Anchor Angela Chen joins KTRK-TV ABC13. Chen has appeared on the Houston Disney/ABC Television Group station after being at KOLO 8 Reno News Now as a morning reporter/fill-in anchor for the past year.
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Payton leaving KEYE-TV for newspaper job
Austin 360
KEYE's Deeda Payton will anchor her final weekend newscast Nov. 30. Payton is leaving the station to become general manager of Community Impact's Central Austin edition.
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Riley leaving KXAS-TV
Uncle Barky's Bytes
After a two-year stint, weekend morning meteorologist Lindsay Riley is leaving NBC5 for a yet to be disclosed Monday-Friday position in a "strong market," the Fort Worth-based station says.
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KTRK's Ward cutting back on anchor duties
Houston Business Journal
KTRK-TV ABC-13 veteran anchor Dave Ward announced Nov. 10 that he will reduce his workload after anchoring two of the Houston station's newscasts for nearly five decades. Ward will anchor the 10 p.m. newscast for the final time on Dec. 23, though he will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. newscasts.
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KTVT adds to reporting team
Uncle Barky's Bytes
D/FW's CBS11 is adding two reporters to its news staff: Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul. Director of communications Lori Conrad confirmed both hires and said that Roxas starts on Dec. 8 and Paul on Dec. 15.
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