TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 25, 2014
PLACE: Dallas, Texas
CHAIR: Sen. Huffman and Rep. Thompson, Senfronia
The Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking will hear invited and public testimony on Thursday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Dallas Police Department
Jack Evans Police Headquarters
Donald Stafford Conference Room
1400 S. Lamar Street Dallas, Texas 75215
The Committee will:
Hear testimony on services and resources available to victims of human trafficking; and
Discuss current efforts in North Texas region to combat human trafficking.
Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person.
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 write 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”. Continue reading “DPS – More Smoke & Mirrors; by quoting 3 words”
Since January of 2014, the Texas Department of Public Service (a very powerful bureaucracy) has been collecting fingerprints of all 10 digits to obtain an original driver license, renewal of driver license, or a duplicate driver license. This change also applies to the photo I.D. cards obtained through DPS.
Here is a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.
First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment or enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.
Are you satisfied with Texas’ 83rd legislative session? Perhaps a better question would be: Were you aware of Texas’ 83rd legislative session? Did you follow it? Did you participate (contact your legislators, go to Austin in support of or against pieces of legislation) during the legislative session?