Top Stories: Winding Down The Legislative Session; Changes In Prostate Screening | KERA News

Top Stories: Winding Down The Legislative Session; Changes In Prostate Screening

May 22, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: This will be a busy week for state lawmakers. The legislative session concludes next Monday, and both chambers need to pass as many high-priority bills as possible.

Among them: property tax reform, school finance reform, and the state budget. But Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said he’ll push for a special session if bills on property tax reform and transgender bathroom use don’t pass. 

There was plenty of activity over the weekend. The House tentatively passed a compromise version of a bill on transgender bathroom use. The Senate also approved a school finance reform bill, but there’s a modest voucher plan attached to it. A texting-while-driving ban is headed to the Governor’s desk.

Other stories this morning:

  • Two high-ranking Fort Worth police officials have been demoted after they were accused of leaking an officer’s body camera footage from a controversial arrest. Bodycam footage and cell phone video showed the arrest in Fort Worth of Jacqueline Craig and her daughters late last year after she called police to deal with a neighbor who allegedly put his hands around the neck of Craig’s 7-year-old son.
  • Five years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine blood tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Those recommendations have changed, which leads to another issue.

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