Proposed legislation presents challenges for local winemakers

Winery guide: wineries and tasting rooms around Cedar Park, Leander and the Hill Country

Local winemaker John Catalano said he believes strongly in truthfully labeling his products. All of his Texas wines are made from 100 percent Texas grapes, and all of his California wines are 100 percent California.

He said his winery, Bent Oak Winery in Austin, would not be affected by proposed legislation that would require all wines labeled as originating in Texas to be derived from the juice or fruit wholly grown and produced in the state; that is, made from 100 percent Texas grapes.

Sponsored in the Texas Senate by State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, and by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, in the Texas House of Representatives, the identical bills were filed March 9 and Feb. 2, respectively. As of the date of this publication, no legislative votes have been taken, though the bills were sent to committees in March.

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What you need to know about Lakeway’s police station bond proposal

Voters to decide fate of $23 million initiative that will fund new Lohmans Crossing facility

Following a stalled 2010 attempt to gain more room for the city’s growing police staff, Lakeway is finally set to let its voters decide the issue May 6.

The $23 million bond election centers around a new 31,000-square-foot police facility that Police Chief Todd Radford said will serve the city through 2043 when Lakeway is expected to be built out at an estimated 25,000 residents.

“This is a functional building that will provide basic police services for 25 years,” he said. “It gives [police officers] the personal space they need to be able to function appropriately and the professional space they need to do their jobs as [the department] evolves in the coming years.”

History of bond referendum

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