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          May 3, 2009     TEXAS   Senate Criminal Justice Committee TEXAS   Correction Committees   TEXAS  CORRECTIONS SYSTEM COST BILLIONS  OF
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        May 3, 2009

         

         

        TEXAS   Senate Criminal Justice Committee

        TEXAS   Correction Committees

         

        TEXAS  CORRECTIONS SYSTEM COST BILLIONS  OF TAXPAYERS DOLLARS A YEAR

         

        Where were you?

         

        Why  are you not showing up for your  Committee Meetings?

         

        Does anyone care? Guess Not or the elected legislative body of TEXAS would show up during their every Two (2) Year Legislation Meetings that the Voting Taxpaying Citizens of Texas Elected them to do. Wow, what a nice salary the Voting Taxpaying Citizens pay you to be a “NO SHOW”,  not to mention the Health Care , Retirement Plan, and not have to pay into the Social Security and Medicare Plan because you are exempt . 

         

        I wonder how the Texas Legislators spend their days and exactly where some of them are at the time of a scheduled meeting and/or committee voting time. 

         

        Let us count the days, April 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th,  The Criminal Justice Committee chaired by Senator John Whitmire,  not enough members present for a quorum. The same thing happened with the  Correction Committee in several schedule meetings, NO SHOWS.

         

        Bills cannot be passed  enabling changes until the Bill goes through the hearing, the hearing cannot be held if there is not a quorum of Committee Members showing up.

         

        Since the Texas Legislature meets only every two  (2) years from January 20th until May 20th, one would think the Elected Officials, voted to that position by Texas Voting Taxpaying Citizens,  would be willing to at least attend the Committee Meetings they sit on, but that does not appear to be the case.

         

        Listed you will see the dates times and members either present or absent:

         

        March 17, 2009 1:30 PM all members present

        March 18, 2009 1:30 PM all members present

        March 24, 2009 1:30 PM Senator Kel Seliger absent

        March 25, 2009 1:30 PM Senator Kel Seliger absent

        March 31, 2009 1:30 PM all members present

        April 7, 2009 1:30 PM all members present

        April 14th, 16th all members present

        April 21, 2009 absent Senator Ellis and Senator Hegar

        April 23, 2009 1:30 absent Senators Carona, Patrick, Ellis and Hegar no quorum

        April 27th, 28th, and 30th 1:30 PM no quorum, meeting scheduled later for desk meeting, audio only.

         

        Below is listed the pending Bills for the House Correction Committee. Please review to see if you think the issues presented here are  important enough to show up to do your Job. There is more on line at http://www.legis.state.tx.us  for those that would like to dig deeper.

         

        I say it is a disgrace for our elected Legislators not honor the elected position enabling them to uphold the law and speak for “WE THE PEOPLE”. The Legislators are not representing  “WE THE PEOPLE” when there are NO Shows for committee meetings held for hearing the BILLS and VOTING on the BILLS.

         

         CONCERN Watching VOTING TAXPAYING CITIZEN of TEXAS

         

          (Instruction: Copy and Paste the top portion into the email message to the Senators on Criminal Justice will send the Representative Emails in another email)

         

        email address:

         

        Senator J Whitmire http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist15/dist15.htm

         

        Senator K Seliger http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist31/dist31.htm

         

        Senator J Corona

        http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist16/dist16.htm

         

        Senator R Ellis

        http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist13/dist13.htm

         

        Senator J Hinozosa

        http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist20/dist20.htm

         

        Senator Dan Patrick

         http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist7/dist7.htm

         

        Texas Legislature

        Bills By Committee

        Corrections

        81st Legislature Regular Session

        Report Date: 5/3/2009


        Number of Bills: 126

        Report Sections: Bills In Committee | Bills Out of Committee

        Bills In Committee (72):

        HB 79

        Author:

        Flynn

        Last Action:

        03/19/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to the payment of certain fees by sex offenders and the use of those fees for certain law enforcement purposes.

         

        HB 137

        Author:

        Gonzalez Toureilles

        Last Action:

        03/19/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to compensatory time accrued by a correctional officer employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

         

        HB 138

        Author:

        Gonzalez Toureilles | Guillen

        Last Action:

        03/19/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to a salary career ladder for correctional officers.

         

        HB 285

        Author:

        Hodge

        Last Action:

        03/12/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to the use of tobacco products and cigarettes on property owned, used, or controlled by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

         

        HB 479

        Author:

        Heflin

        Last Action:

        03/12/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to additional sick leave for certain peace officers and corrections officers who work overtime.

         

        HB 539

        Author:

        Raymond

        Last Action:

        04/16/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to a physical and mental examination of a child subject to the juvenile justice system.

         

        HB 553

        Author:

        Madden

        Last Action:

        02/18/2009 H Referred to Corrections

        Caption:

        Relating to the establishment of the office of criminal and juvenile justice ombudsman.

         

        HB 672

        Author:

        Hodge | Dutton

        Last Action:

        03/26/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to the inclusion of an incarcerated person in the population data used for redistricting according to the person's last residence before incarceration.

         

        HB 767

        Author:

        Guillen

        Last Action:

        03/12/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to a requirement that justice and municipal courts obtain evidence that certain minors are in compliance with mandatory school attendance requirements.

         

        HB 940

        Author:

        Dutton

        Last Action:

        04/09/2009 H No action taken in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to the consequences of successfully completing a period of deferred adjudication community supervision.

         

        HB 944

        Author:

        Dutton

        Last Action:

        03/19/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to in-prison geriatric communities.

         

        HB 1048

        Author:

        Madden

        Last Action:

        03/26/2009 H Left pending in committee

        Caption:

        Relating to the number of counties or municipalities necessary to establish a regional drug court program.

         

        HB 1049

        Author:

        Madden

        Last Action:

        02/23/2009 H Referred to Corrections

        Caption:

        Relating to the deduction of membership fees for correctional employee organizations from a state employee's salary.

         

        HB 1225

        Author:

        Laubenberg

        Last Action:

        04/23/2009 H Withdrawn from calendar

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