In our June 11 Legislative Review, Texas Lawyer reported that lawmakers passed a big funding increase -- from $11 million to $100 million -- for a program that helps low-income drivers repair or replace cars that fail inspection. Now we have an update: Gov. Rick Perry has signed the increase into law. If this program is successful, it will eliminate the need for citizens to snitch on one another by writing down license plate numbers of "smoking vehicles" and reporting them to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
-- Jonathan Fox