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Texas House to consider hundreds of budget amendments
Austin American-Statesman
A plan to fix Texas' public school finance system and distribute voter-approved road funding. More money for prekindergarten and bans on both private school vouchers and benefits for same-sex partners of teachers and other school district employees. Before voting on its budget proposal, the Texas House could consider more than 350 amendments to the two-year spending plan that have been filed.
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Lobbyist-politicians target of ethics bill
Waco Tribune-Herald
Texas lawmakers considered legislation that could bar several elected officials from holding their posts in the future, including a moderate member of the ideologically divided State Board of Education. The disqualification provision is contained in an ethics reform package, written by Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano, which would bar many elected officials in Texas from working as registered state lobbyists.
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Nominate your young professional today!
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The Texas Association of Builders Young Professionals Council is now taking applications for the 2015 Excellence under 45 Awards program. The program is dedicated to highlighting and rewarding young professionals who have committed their time, efforts and careers to the Texas building industry. It is designed to acknowledge their hard work and successes, reward their performance and dedication and showcase them as future leaders of the industry across our state.

Nominees must be employed by an active member of TAB between the ages of 21 and 45. No more than one company nominee may be chosen as a recipient of the Excellence under 45 Award and the number of award recipients will be determined at the time of judging per the quality and scope of applications.

The Call for Entries is now open and will close on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Applicants can read the program guidelines and complete the online application here.

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House committee passes compromise on local drilling rules
The Texas Tribune
A House committee approved legislation that would limit local control over oil and gas activities — a committee substitute for a bill that initially stirred anger in city halls across Texas. In a 10-1 vote, the House Committee on Energy Resources approved an updated version of House Bill 40, among the most prominent of nearly a dozen bills filed in the aftermath of Denton's vote in November to ban hydraulic fracturing within the North Texas city's limits.
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Houston homes pioneering new power, heating and cooling technology
Houston Business Journal
The three-story house looks like any other luxury home on the block. However, unlike its neighbors, this custom home from M Street Homes can run independently from the electricity grid — all thanks to new technology that's being pioneered in Houston.
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Signed contracts to buy US homes climb to 20-month high
The Associated Press via San Antonio Express-News
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.1 percent to 106.9 last month, the highest reading since June 2013.
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Solar is king in San Antonio
San Antonio Business Journal
San Antonio has more solar energy-producing panels than most cities in America, making it the metropolitan area with the seventh-highest number of panels in operation, Environment Texas officials said. Specifically, the report highlighted the partnership CPS Energy has between solar vendors to build solar farms that can collectively generate 400 megawatts of power once completed. These are enough panels to power more than 31,000 homes at full build-out. At the end of last year, CPS Energy had enough solar energy to power 8,000 homes.
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Texas CEOs in Dallas Fed survey give insight into impact of low oil prices and their outlook
The Dallas Morning News
Comments from Texas CEOs and other top executives in a survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas give some insight into how their companies are being affected by the persistent low oil prices and their outlook. The price of U.S. crude oil has fallen about 60 percent in the last six months.
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Texas House OKs ban on texting while driving
The Texas Tribune
The Texas House tentatively approved a ban on texting while driving, a measure that made it to Gov. Rick Perry's desk in 2011 before getting vetoed. House Bill 80 by state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, passed 102 to 40. It would make texting while driving a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of up to $99 on the first offense and $200 for additional infractions.
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It's almost impossible to buy a house in Dallas
Bloomberg
Welcome to Dallas in 2015, a city whose bustling economy is attracting new residents at a rapid pace — and making it increasingly difficult to buy a house. New listings get multiple offers in mere days, said Steve Habgood, president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. Homeowners are increasingly reluctant to sell. "People are saying, 'Great, I can get a premium on the price I paid, but where am I going to live once I sell?'" said Habgood. "The options are pretty limited."
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Florida has 6 of the nation's fastest-growing metro areas
The Associated Press via ABC News
The beautiful weather in Florida seems to be drawing more and more Americans, with the Sunshine State climbing the ranks of most populous states and fastest-growing cities. New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that The Villages, Florida, ranked as the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year, with the city west of Orlando boasting a 5.4 percent increase in population between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014. This comes as Florida became the nation's third most-populous state in December, taking over the spot once held by New York.
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Online hotel and show registration open for 2015 Sunbelt Builders Show™
TAB
Join the Texas Association of Builders as it celebrates the 15th-year of hosting the Sunbelt Builders Show™. The two-day event is slated for July 29-30 at the prestigious Gaylord Texan® Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Don’t miss out on the discounted room rates that are offered for Sunbelt attendees. After doing business on the trade show floor, enjoy the 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, the Paradise Springs Lagoon, Waterslide and Lazy River or unwind at Relache Spa & Salon.

Don't wait, register early and book your hotel rooms before they are gone. A detailed schedule of events can be found on the new Sunbelt Builders Show™ website.

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Emerging housing markets keep pace in 2015
USA Today
Industry experts say emerging housing markets are positioned to compete with major markets such as New York, Boston and Washington in 2015. With lower costs of living and better-than-average employment opportunities, these up-and-coming cities may be just the place to call home.
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Houston real estate: Experts predict what happens next
Houstonia Magazine
"From 1981 to 1984, we lost 210,000 people who moved away from the city of Houston," said Marvy Finger, president and CEO of the Finger Companies, the developer responsible for the construction of nearly 60 apartment complexes and rental communities in Houston since 1958. "It's indelible in my mind, because my occupancy went from 95 percent to 65 overnight, and it wasn't because of rent price," he recalled, sitting just to our left. "We were giving them away — we just didn't have anybody to give it to. There just weren't any people."
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