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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 19, 2013 Hearing HB 1536: Administrative Hearings to Recover Medicaid Overpayments Author: Rep. Bobby Guerra The office of inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission has a duty to investigate suspicions of fraudulent Medicaid payments. Such investigations have been targeted at clinics with a higher volume…

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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 12, 2013 Hearing HB 748: Innovation Strategies in Child Welfare Programs Author: Chairman Richard Peña Raymond On September 30, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act. Among other changes, this act extended through fiscal year 2014 the authority of the…

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Rep. Raymond Reappointed Chair of Human Services Committee

AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus, (San Antonio) reappointed Representative Richard Peña Raymond (Laredo) today as Chairman of the crucial Human Services Committee. Additionally, Speaker Straus reappointed Representative Raymond to the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and appointed him to the Rules and Resolutions Committee The Human Services Committee handles matters regarding physical…

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In Texas, Resistance to a Renewed Call for an Annual Roundup of Legislators

By MANNY FERNANDEZ New York Times Published: January 5, 2013 AUSTIN, Tex. — Long before lawmakers prepared to gather at the sand-colored Capitol here on Tuesday for the opening day of the legislative session, State Representative Richard Peña Raymond had already filed a little-noticed bill to drastically change not only how they conduct business, but also…

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State bill to increase prizes for slot machines businesses will be presented

A state bill will allow slot machines of business owners to give higher cash prizes. Tuesday, December 25, 2012 By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TX. – For the third consecutive legislative session, state Rep. Richard P. Raymond will propose a law to regularize the activity of slot machines and will raise the amount…

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Bill Renews Debate on Merging Highest Two Courts

by Maurice Chammah Texas Tribune December 13, 2012 A proposal for the upcoming legislative session is resuscitating a debate that goes back to the writing of the Texas Constitution in 1876. The bill, authored by state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, would abolish the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest court for all criminal matters, and bring…

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Dem: If it quacks like a tax, it's a tax (updated)

Dallas Morning News Robert T. Garrett/Reporter All fees, surcharges and other revenue-raising measures would be classified officially as taxes under a state constitutional amendment proposed today by a veteran House Democrat. Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, said his “honesty in taxation” measure would prevent politicians — if they peppered taxpayers with higher fees for things like driver’s licenses,…

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