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State, cities set to square off

September 16, 2016

Mineral Wells Index

September 15, 2016

By JOHN AUSTIN

Wednesday’s State Senate hearing on banning the use of public funds to process union dues payments was a reminder that the fight over local rulemaking will return to the spotlight in January. The Legislature in 2015 saw about 70 proposals to take power from local hands, and Texas lawmakers made national news when they overrode Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, prohibiting such ordinances.

The coming session will likely bring more of the same, with a bill aimed at prohibiting cities from banning plastic bags and a measure to exercise uniform statewide control of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

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