Legislative updates: The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal district court seeking pre-clearance of the state’s redistricting plans. A copy of the complaint and the state’s letter to the DOJ (and other materials) can be found at: https://oag.state.tx.us/redistricting. Unlike Virginia, the state is seeking ‘informal pre-clearance’ with the DOJ but is not simultaneously seeking formal administrative pre-clearance. Here is a copy of the pre-clearance advisory filed by the state in the pending Austin and San Antonio cases: http://tinyurl.com/3z8brf7
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram | Change coming in vehicle registration fees | By Gordon Dickson – Many Texas automobile owners are getting a surprise in the mail, and for some it will mean fewer dollars in their pockets. For others, it will mean more. In 2009, the Legislature overhauled its vehicle registration fees but delayed implementing the changes until Sept. 1, 2011. Well, that time is here.
Editor's note: In an e-mailed message sent yesterday, State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs/Belterra) is asking constituents for input on election-related and agriculture and livestock-related issues. Mr. Isaac probably won't mind hearing from constituents about other important issues in the district, and perhaps also what you think about his performance in his first term in the Legislature.
Don't be bashful. Mr. Isaac is your state representative. Last month, he set an end-of-June $50,000 fund raising goal to prepare for a probable run for a 2nd term in 2012. He literally cast hundreds of votes this past session, in which more than 1,200 new pieces of legislation were passed and sent to the governor. Isaac joined the GOP stampede in voting to cut $4 billion in public school funding, supported the sonogram anti-abortion bill, sponsored several local developer friendly municipal utility district bills, and supported a voter ID measure that critics believe will lead to suppressed voting of minorities and the elderly. Isaac also was named a "Tax Champion" during the session (an award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility coveted by conservatives).
Send your comments and news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, to Mr. Isaac at Jason.Isaac@house.state.tx.us or click on the "comments" at the bottom of the story
With the 82nd regular and special legislative sessions behind us, we are already starting to look ahead and identify our goals for 2013. During the interim, the Speaker works with the committee chairs and members to identify interim charges. The committees will research and hear testimony on these charges over the next year and a half in order to become better prepared to address the issues next session.
I have been asked to submit suggestions for the two committees on which I serve, Elections and Agriculture & Livestock, and I want your input. Although the Speaker makes the final decision regarding the charges, I want to provide him with information about what issues the constituents in my district think are most important. Keep in mind that in order for me to submit your ideas, they must specifically relate to elections or agriculture and livestock.
CLICK HERE to fill out a short form and let me know your thoughts.
To learn more about interim charges, you can click here to view the charges from last session.
I appreciate your input!