Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. Often referred to as the “Bubbas and Ballet” committee, it has oversight of Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Historical Commission, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The committee also will study issues pertaining state parks, such as the Eisenhower State Park, the Bonham State Park, and the Cooper Lake State Park.
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Recently someone was talking about the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” and said, “Grabbing a whip and turning over tables is within the realm of possibility.” This comes from the cleansing of the temple, when Jesus was angry that they had corrupted true worship by making the temple a market place (Matthew 21:12-13). Jesus was also angry with the unbelief and “stubborn hearts” of the Jewish leaders (Mark 3:5).
Recently, I’ve been studying the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the book of John. There, an interesting story occurs when the disciples realize Jesus is truly alive for the very first time after His death. In that story, the disciples are huddled up in a house, behind a locked door for fear that the same people who arrested Jesus, put together a trial in the middle of the night and were successful in getting Him crucified might be gunning for them as well. In that story, Jesus passes through locked doors, and appears in the room in the midst of the disciples. Realistically, they are terrified to say the least, and twice Christ has to say “Peace be to you.”
From discussions on more common sense punishment for minor drug possession charges to the elimination of automatic life sentences for juvenile offenders, the trend of criminal justice reform in recent months is a positive one. Society is finally taking a common sense look at how we deal with those who step outside our societal norms.
Here are two unfortunate things we know: 1. Jails and prisons are where too many people with mental illness are receiving, or rather not receiving, treatment. 2. A jail cell is unlikely to be a place of healing.
From food trucks to ice skating rinks, large regional parks to trendy downtown restaurants — Sherman and Denison have both made major strides in recent months toward making Texoma an urban area with more amenities to attract young professionals and young families.
Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on County Affairs. The committee studies many areas pertaining to county government, including the statutory duties of local elected officials, disaster preparedness and emergency coordination, and oversight of the county jail system.
On January 1, 2016, House Bill 910 went into effect, making open carry of modern handguns legal in Texas for handgun license holders. As the legislation’s author in the Texas House of Representatives and its sponsor in the Texas Senate, we repeatedly assured our colleagues that its implementation would be uneventful.
I have read a number of articles suggesting that the bright light in Texas is fading due to the drop in price for oil and gas. A perception shared by some in national media that are trying to make it a reality.
The benefits of lower crude oil prices are celebrated by energy consumers all across the globe. They are participating in the largest wealth transfer in history which is estimated to be $1 trillion redistributed from oil producers to oil consumers. This is the sixth time oil prices have plunged in a highly cyclical industry, so let’s pause in our celebration to reflect on the cost of this price decline.