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After debate, Texas Senate panel approves 'sanctuary cities' bill
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From the testimony of a Houston police officer's widow to allegations of racism, a daylong legislative committee hearing Monday on a bill banning "sanctuary cities" brought the national immigration debate back to the Texas Capitol. "If you want to know why we can't pass legislation in Texas it's because we have 37, no 36 Hispanics in the Legislature. So, that's part of our problem and we need to change those numbers," said Rebecca Forest, a co-founder of Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas. "We need to do something about that in fact." More

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Police agencies join Hispanic leaders in opposing 'sanctuary cities' bill
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The state's largest law enforcement agencies joined forces with Hispanic leaders Monday in opposing a so-called sanctuary cities bill that supporters say is a needed tool against illegal immigration. The emotion-charged bill, which Gov. Rick Rick Perry has designated as a top priority, would let law officers ask about immigration status when they arrest or detain someone. "It's going to bring a huge burden to our system," said Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who told senators that the added requirement would cost her department $1.5 million a year. More

Bank of America hindered foreclosure review
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Bank of America Corp unnecessarily burdened U.S. regulators who were reviewing the mortgage giant's foreclosure practices, according to a court filing. Federal regulators and state attorneys general have been investigating bank mortgage practices that came to light last year, including the use of "robo-signers" to sign hundreds of unread foreclosure documents a day. More

US penalizes 3 major home-loan servicers over mortgage modifications
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The Obama administration said that it was withholding financial incentives from three home-loan servicers needing to substantially improve their performances in the government's mortgage-modification program. The three are Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, according to the Treasury Department, which oversees the Home Affordable Modification Program. More

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Landscape code could slow growth
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The president of one of El Paso's largest commercial real estate companies says newly adopted city regulations for landscaping are going to slow development in El Paso, development already slowed by the nationwide economic downturn. City planners say they hope the landscaping regulations will spur the kind of "smart growth" development the City Council wants to see in El Paso. More

State backs right to fly 'Old Glory'
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A Marine Corps veteran sued by his Cypress-area homeowners association over a 20-foot flag pole in his backyard is claiming victory as a bill protecting his display of patriotism awaits Gov. Rick Perry's signature. The bill, spurred by the lawsuit against former drill sergeant Mike Merola, is one of several on the governor's desk that would restrict the powers of homeowners associations. Others would increase transparency, bolster owners' voting rights and prevent the groups from banning solar panels and small religious displays. More

Dallas legislator's measure targeting metal theft awaits Perry's signature
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A Dallas legislator's bill designed to make it tougher for metal thieves to resell stolen loot was approved by the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Rick Perry's signature. The bill would strengthen a 2007 law requiring scrap-metal dealers to register with the Texas Department of Public Safety. It would compel metal recyclers to register with the state and local governments and restricts cash sales. More

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Home sales slow to begin during 2011
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Radar Logic Incorporated recently released a new report that showed home sales thus far in 2011 have been slow. Furthermore, median prices of available homes have also dropped slightly, as more foreclosure activity takes place. The company's March 2011 RPX Monthly Housing Market Report revealed that sales during March, which oftentimes boosts national home sales, were fewer than years past. More

Proposed miscellaneous industrial adhesives rulemaking in Texas
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposed on June 8 a new rulemaking for Miscellaneous Industrial Adhesives based on the U.S. EPA Control Technique Guidelines. A public hearing on the rulemaking will take place in July. The proposal will apply to the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston/Galveston/Brazoria ozone non-attainment areas. The anticipated adoption date for the rule is Nov. 16, 2011, with an effective date of March 1, 2013. More

Two education bills fly through Senate
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The Texas Senate cleared two education bills off its desk without dissent, finishing its business for the day in mere minutes. Senate Bill 30 aims to improve access to electronic courses for public school students and streamline the process for getting the courses approved by the state. More
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