FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/20/2015
84th Legislature Attends State of the State and State of the Judiciary Addresses
Austin, TX - This week the Capitol was treated to Governor Greg Abbott’s energetic first State of the State Address (SOTS). During the address, Governor Abbott laid out five emergency items that I look forward to pursuing with him and my colleagues in order to supercharge and boost the Southeast Texas economy. Amongst the emergency items Governor Abbott addressed were Pre-Kindergarten funding, Higher Education Research, Transportation, Border Security, and Ethics Reform. These items will develop a safe environment for our businesses to prosper and restore the citizen's confidence in their government.
Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan L. Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary address to the House floor. In his address, he highlighted that the judiciary and the legislature have both been working to help juveniles in the State of Texas. The Chief Justice highlighted the issue of truancy. According to Chief Justice Hecht, courts in Texas see over 100,000 truancy cases each year. He believes we can do better in encouraging our students to take advantage of their educational opportunities without the prospect of criminality. I look forward to working with the Chief Justice on this issue this session.
Wednesday marked the first Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee Meeting. During this meeting, the committee decided on organizational structure and had a briefing from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. I am looking forward to working with my other committee members as we begin working on the states' most important aspect - our children.
Thursday morning, I was honored to partake in The Texas State Prayer Breakfast. It was a very spiritually gratifying experience to partake in with my fellow lawmakers and constituents. I was happy to host Reverend Scott Moody and his wife Laurie, Clark Mahoney, Michael Todd Ryles, Reverend Don Garner and Pastor Kenneth Darden. It is always a joyful experience to spend these occasions with great friends, leaders, and citizens of Southeast Texas.
I am also very grateful for the opportunity to have met with Dr. Peter Cass and discuss expanding and enhancing health care access in Southeast Texas. It is a pleasure to be able to meet with constituents from Southeast Texas and have very fruitful discussions on how we can work to make Southeast Texas a better place to live and prosper.
The House stands adjourned until Monday at 2 p.m