DPS – More Smoke & Mirrors; by quoting 3 words

(updated 9-10-14 @ 3:00pm)

Smoke & mirrors can fool the best citizen activist but, sifting through the smoke and splintered facts with patience can uncover the truth. Taking a statement out of context, and quoting one section of the Texas Transportation Code can claim just about anything a director of the Department of Public Safety may wish to claim, but the truth is found when the entire Code is read, especially when legislative intent is examined.

The current Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety was allowed to DPS fingerprint scannerwrite a brief article in a Dallas paper on Sept. 3, 2014, attempting to “clear up any misconceptions related to the legality of the expanded fingerprinting process within Texas driver’s license system”, claiming DPS authority by quoting three words from the Texas Transportation Code; “thumbprints or fingerprints”. The issue at hand is the DPS collection of all 10 fingerprints from anyone in Texas wishing to obtain a driver’s license or personal identification card.

DPS claims authority under a law passed in 2005, however in reading the entire text of HB 2337, it is plain to see that the legislative intent of the bill’s author and sponsor specifically did not change the collection of “the thumbprints of the applicant or, if thumbprints cannot be taken, the index fingerprints of the applicant”. There is no proof in legislative intent to extend the fingerprint collection to all 10 digits. So much so, the author and sponsor of the 2005 law went to the effort to re-state the Transportation Code which explicitly limits collection to the thumb prints, OR if the thumbprints can’t be taken that the index fingerprints be collected. The term “fingerprints” refers to a possible 2 index fingerprints if no thumbs are available, not 8 or 10 digits.

Read the law yourself. HB 2337 states:
The application must include:
(1) the thumbprints of the applicant or, if thumbprints cannot be taken, the index fingerprints of the applicant

Transportation Code 521.142 can be read here:
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.521.htm#521.142

521.142 is referenced no less than 11 times in the driver’s license portion of the Code, and yet not one single Texas legislator will ask the Texas Attorney General to render an immediate opinion on the actions of the DPS. Wake up Texans. Your permanent personal information is being collected and subject to theft, unless of course you can change your own fingerprints, which could be less painful than being issued a new social security number.

UPDATE:

The Texas Attorney General’s office has advised that ANY current committee chair can request that the A.G. render an opinion on the actions of the DPS. Here’s the committee chairs in the 83rd Legislature. Some were defeated in the primary and some resigned to run for another office.
If you see YOUR legislator listed – call them….
Rep. Abel Herrero (512) 463-0462
Rep. Allan Ritter (512) 463-0706
Rep. Bill Callegari (512) 463-0528
Rep. Brandon Creighton (512) 463-0726
Rep. Byron Cook (512) 463-0730
Rep. Carol Alvarado (512) 463-0732
Rep. Charlie Geren (512) 463-0610
Rep. Dan Branch (512) 463-0367
Rep. Dan Flynn (512) 463-0880
Rep. Debbie Riddle (512) 463-0572
Rep. Dennis Bonnen (512) 463-0564
Rep. Drew Darby (512) 463-0331
Rep. Garnet Coleman (512) 463-0524
Rep. Gary Elkins (512) 463-0722
Rep. Geanie Morrison (512) 463-0456
Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (512) 463-0510
Rep. Harvey Hilderbran(512) 463-0536
Rep. Jim Keffer (512) 463-0656
Rep. Jim Murphy (512) 463-0514
Rep. Jim Pitts (512) 463-0516
Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (512) 463-0684
Rep. Joe Deshotel (512) 463-0662
Rep. John Davis (512) 463-0734
Rep. John T. Smithee (512) 463-0702
Rep. John Zerwas (512) 463-0657
Rep. Jose Menendez (512) 463-0634
Rep. Joseph Pickett (512) 463-0596
Rep. Larry Phillips (512) 463-0297
Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (512) 463-0641
Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst (512) 463-0600
Rep. Mike Villarreal (512) 463-0532
Rep. Myra Crownover (512) 463-0582
Rep. Patricia Harless (512) 463-0496
Rep. Rafael Anchia (512) 463-0746
Rep. Rene Oliveira (512) 463-0640
Rep. Richard Pena Raymond (512) 463-0558
Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (512) 463-0708
Rep. Ryan Guillen (512) 463-0416
Rep. Senfronia Thompson (512) 463-0720
Rep. Tan Parker (512) 463-0688
Rep. Todd Hunter (512) 463-0672
Rep. Tracy O. King (512) 463-0194
Rep. Tryon D. Lewis (512) 463-0546
Rep. Wayne Smith (512) 463-0733

Sen. Bob Deuell (512) 463-0102
Sen. Craig Estes (512) 463-0130
Sen. Dan Patrick (512) 463-0107
Sen. Glenn Hegar (512) 463-0118
Sen. Jane Nelson (512) 463-0112
Sen. John Carona (512) 463-0116
Sen. John Whitmire (512) 463-0115
Sen. Juan Hinojosa (512) 463-0120
Sen. Judith Zaffirini (512) 463-0121
Sen. Kel Seliger (512) 463-0131
Sen. Kevin Eltife (512) 463-0101
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (512) 463-0126
Sen. Robert Duncan (512) 463-0128
Sen. Robert Nichols (512) 463-0103
Sen. Rodney Ellis (512) 463-0113
Sen. Royce West (512) 463-0123
Sen. Tommy Williams (512) 463-0104
Sen. Troy Fraser (512) 463-0124

3 thoughts on “DPS – More Smoke & Mirrors; by quoting 3 words”

  1. I have been advised by several state legislators and by the Texas Attorney General’s office, that ANY sitting committee chairman in Austin can request the AG render an opinion. Otherwise, the other alternative is to wait until April or May of 2015 to see if the legislature passes a bill to further clarify what DPS can and cannot collect for Texas D.L. and personal I.D. cards. I can make a list of those committee chairs.

  2. Here’s the committee chairs in the 83rd Legislature. Some were defeated in the primary and some resigned to run for another office.
    Rep. Abel Herrero (512) 463-0462
    Rep. Allan Ritter (512) 463-0706
    Rep. Bill Callegari (512) 463-0528
    Rep. Brandon Creighton (512) 463-0726
    Rep. Byron Cook (512) 463-0730
    Rep. Carol Alvarado (512) 463-0732
    Rep. Charlie Geren (512) 463-0610
    Rep. Dan Branch (512) 463-0367
    Rep. Dan Flynn (512) 463-0880
    Rep. Debbie Riddle (512) 463-0572
    Rep. Dennis Bonnen (512) 463-0564
    Rep. Drew Darby (512) 463-0331
    Rep. Garnet Coleman (512) 463-0524
    Rep. Gary Elkins (512) 463-0722
    Rep. Geanie Morrison (512) 463-0456
    Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (512) 463-0510
    Rep. Harvey Hilderbran(512) 463-0536
    Rep. Jim Keffer (512) 463-0656
    Rep. Jim Murphy (512) 463-0514
    Rep. Jim Pitts (512) 463-0516
    Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (512) 463-0684
    Rep. Joe Deshotel (512) 463-0662
    Rep. John Davis (512) 463-0734
    Rep. John T. Smithee (512) 463-0702
    Rep. John Zerwas (512) 463-0657
    Rep. Jose Menendez (512) 463-0634
    Rep. Joseph Pickett (512) 463-0596
    Rep. Larry Phillips (512) 463-0297
    Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (512) 463-0641
    Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst (512) 463-0600
    Rep. Mike Villarreal (512) 463-0532
    Rep. Myra Crownover (512) 463-0582
    Rep. Patricia Harless (512) 463-0496
    Rep. Rafael Anchia (512) 463-0746
    Rep. Rene Oliveira (512) 463-0640
    Rep. Richard Pena Raymond (512) 463-0558
    Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (512) 463-0708
    Rep. Ryan Guillen (512) 463-0416
    Rep. Senfronia Thompson (512) 463-0720
    Rep. Tan Parker (512) 463-0688
    Rep. Todd Hunter (512) 463-0672
    Rep. Tracy O. King (512) 463-0194
    Rep. Tryon D. Lewis (512) 463-0546
    Rep. Wayne Smith (512) 463-0733

    Sen. Bob Deuell (512) 463-0102
    Sen. Craig Estes (512) 463-0130
    Sen. Dan Patrick (512) 463-0107
    Sen. Glenn Hegar (512) 463-0118
    Sen. Jane Nelson (512) 463-0112
    Sen. John Carona (512) 463-0116
    Sen. John Whitmire (512) 463-0115
    Sen. Juan Hinojosa (512) 463-0120
    Sen. Judith Zaffirini (512) 463-0121
    Sen. Kel Seliger (512) 463-0131
    Sen. Kevin Eltife (512) 463-0101
    Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (512) 463-0126
    Sen. Robert Duncan (512) 463-0128
    Sen. Robert Nichols (512) 463-0103
    Sen. Rodney Ellis (512) 463-0113
    Sen. Royce West (512) 463-0123
    Sen. Tommy Williams (512) 463-0104
    Sen. Troy Fraser (512) 463-0124

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