Archive for Legislative/Political

Monday, August 4th, 2014 @ 9:00AM

Join email lists for updates on joint committee activities

In an effort to improve communications and transparency, I am creating email notification lists for constituents who are interested in the activities of any or all of my three joint committees. I will post advance notices of hearings and track activities of key bills moving through the committee process. Complete the…

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:02PM

Jerry Madden, leading the way on crime reforms

I caught up with Jerry Madden, retired Texas state representative, in Dallas on November 27, 2013 to ask him how Texas became one of the first states to pass sweeping crime and justice reforms in decades. Texas, with its reputation for locking ’em up and throwing away the key, not…

Friday, July 5th, 2013 @ 9:06PM

Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts; driving while on the phone is not

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), consumer fireworks in 2011 caused 17,800 fires in the United States which “resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths.” Two things stand out in this factoid: 1) Like guns, cars and kitchen knives, fireworks generally do not injure or kill people…