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Asher Price

Environment, state agencies reporter

Asher Price has covered energy and the environment for the American-Statesman since 2006. Three times the Society of Environmental Journalists has named him a finalist for its beat reporter of the year award, most recently in 2015. Asher is the co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power (UT Press, 2013), and author of Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity (Random House, 2015), about his efforts to dunk a basketball, for the very first time, in his mid-30s. He studied English at Yale and has graduate degrees in public policy and journalism from Oxford and Columbia, where he was a Knight-Bagehot fellow studying business and journalism. He lives in the South Congress neighborhood with his wife and dog.

Latest from Asher Price

Texas voter ID bill heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk
 A reworked bill that would relax the state’s embattled voter ID restrictions passed the Texas House on Sunday and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Senate Bill 5 had emerged from conference committee Saturday with many of the House amendments intact — but with a compromise on the criminal penalty for lying on a...

Posted: 5 hours ago

A reworked bill that would relax the state’s embattled voter ID restrictions passed the Texas House on Sunday and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Senate Bill 5 had emerged from conference committee Saturday with many of the House amendments intact — but with a compromise on the criminal penalty for lying on a...
‘Buy American’ legislation heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk
 A measure that prods state agencies to buy iron and steel from the United States will head to the governor’s office after its passage in both the Texas House and Texas Senate over the weekend. Senate Bill 1289 would require state entities with projects relating to the construction, remodeling, or altering of a building or infrastructure...

Posted: 5 hours ago

A measure that prods state agencies to buy iron and steel from the United States will head to the governor’s office after its passage in both the Texas House and Texas Senate over the weekend. Senate Bill 1289 would require state entities with projects relating to the construction, remodeling, or altering of a building or infrastructure...
Effort in Texas to legalize daily fantasy sports appears dead
 The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond had proposed legislation that would designate fantasy sports as legal, skill-based games, in direct contradiction to an opinion handed down by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last year deeming fantasy sports...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond had proposed legislation that would designate fantasy sports as legal, skill-based games, in direct contradiction to an opinion handed down by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last year deeming fantasy sports...
State officials close to deal to expand Pedernales Falls State Park
 A deal meant to protect the views in a popular Hill Country state park appears to be near completion, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials and a landowner said Thursday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will buy, at no more than half the market rate, 200 acres of private property on a bluff opposite Pedernales Falls State Park; landowner...

Posted: 3 days ago

A deal meant to protect the views in a popular Hill Country state park appears to be near completion, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials and a landowner said Thursday. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will buy, at no more than half the market rate, 200 acres of private property on a bluff opposite Pedernales Falls State Park; landowner...
Texas parks projects on hold after snub by Legislature
 New work to address overdue repairs at Texas state parks and efforts to open new parks to the public appear to be on hold after lawmakers at the Capitol have signaled unwillingness to give more money to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We knew this was going to be a very fiscally constrained session going into it,” agency...

Posted: 4 days ago

New work to address overdue repairs at Texas state parks and efforts to open new parks to the public appear to be on hold after lawmakers at the Capitol have signaled unwillingness to give more money to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We knew this was going to be a very fiscally constrained session going into it,” agency...
Therapists, parents urge state officials to restore Medicaid money
 Concerned about planned cuts in Medicaid therapy services for disabled children, throngs of parents and therapists pleaded on Wednesday with state officials to reverse course. In the latest pounding for home health care aides and therapists, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission proposed the cuts after the Legislature in 2015 directed...

Posted: 4 days ago

Concerned about planned cuts in Medicaid therapy services for disabled children, throngs of parents and therapists pleaded on Wednesday with state officials to reverse course. In the latest pounding for home health care aides and therapists, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission proposed the cuts after the Legislature in 2015 directed...
Sid Miller calls barbecue deregulation effort ‘horse hockey’
 Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has started a food fight at the Capitol, and the food being slung has a decidedly smoky flavor. At stake is how much brisket is on your plate. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Texas Tribune, Miller says he wants Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would exempt from state inspection weights...

Posted: 5 days ago

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has started a food fight at the Capitol, and the food being slung has a decidedly smoky flavor. At stake is how much brisket is on your plate. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Texas Tribune, Miller says he wants Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would exempt from state inspection weights...
Sid Miller calls barbecue deregulation effort ‘horse hockey’
 Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has started a food fight at the Capitol, and the food being slung has a decidedly smoky flavor. At stake is how much brisket is on your plate. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Texas Tribune, Miller says he wants Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would exempt from state inspection weights...

Posted: 5 days ago

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has started a food fight at the Capitol, and the food being slung has a decidedly smoky flavor. At stake is how much brisket is on your plate. In an opinion piece published Tuesday in the Texas Tribune, Miller says he wants Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would exempt from state inspection weights...
Texas House limits tax breaks for wind turbines near military bases
 A proposal to restrict property tax exemptions for wind farms near military bases got preliminary approval from Texas House lawmakers on Monday. In a win for budget hawks and a small blow to the wind turbine industry, House members approved Senate Bill 277 76-65. Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, who carried the bill in the House, argued...

Posted: 6 days ago

A proposal to restrict property tax exemptions for wind farms near military bases got preliminary approval from Texas House lawmakers on Monday. In a win for budget hawks and a small blow to the wind turbine industry, House members approved Senate Bill 277 76-65. Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, who carried the bill in the House, argued...
Texas House OKs 2 bills prompted by Sandra Bland’s arrest, death
 The Texas House on Saturday approved a pair of proposals prompted by the 2015 arrest and death of Sandra Bland. The Sandra Bland Act, named for the woman who was found hanged in a Waller County jail cell three days after a routine traffic stop escalated to a confrontation with a state trooper, is meant to “minimize circumstances where...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Texas House on Saturday approved a pair of proposals prompted by the 2015 arrest and death of Sandra Bland. The Sandra Bland Act, named for the woman who was found hanged in a Waller County jail cell three days after a routine traffic stop escalated to a confrontation with a state trooper, is meant to “minimize circumstances where...
Texas House approves new school bus seatbelt requirement
 The Texas House on Friday approved legislation requiring all school buses purchased after Sept. 1 to have three-point seat belts for all occupants. The House approved Senate Bill 693 by a vote of 96 to 48. It now awaits the governor’s signature. Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, has said her bill would close a loophole in a 2007 state...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Texas House on Friday approved legislation requiring all school buses purchased after Sept. 1 to have three-point seat belts for all occupants. The House approved Senate Bill 693 by a vote of 96 to 48. It now awaits the governor’s signature. Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, has said her bill would close a loophole in a 2007 state...