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commented 2017-05-23 10:03:22 -0700
I am very disappointed in your vote for HB 3287 in the Senate. The bill was touted as a means to protect small brewers from big ones. But it’s only purpose and effect are to increase the control distributors have over every beer sold in Texas. It’s a government-endorsed shakedown of any brewer who controls more than 0.1% of the US beer market. Yes, 1/10th of 1% is now the ceiling of success before Texas breweries are required to pay distributors for the ‘privilege’ of selling you a beer in our taprooms. I may not vote for you opponents in any upcoming elections, but I sure will not be voting FOR you ever again.
commented 2017-05-22 09:50:46 -0700
Opposition to Mr Patrick’s Bathroom Law
commented 2017-05-22 09:50:44 -0700
Opposition to Mr Patrick’s Bathroom Law
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commented 2017-05-11 12:33:48 -0700
Please OPPOSE HB 3859 if it makes it out of Senate committee. So many kids are looking for a home from the foster system and foster parents go through a rigorous vetting and take classes, etc. to qualify. Let these children go to a loving home without discrimination based on religion or LGBT.
commented 2017-05-11 04:17:57 -0700
commented 2017-05-08 08:42:53 -0700
Senator Whitmire,


Please oppose HB 3287. I cannot see any benefit to the public from this bill. The additional costs incurred by brewers will be passed on to their customers and will also hinder their growth as a business and therefore job growth. We do not need to be subsidizing distributors at everyone else’s expense.


Thanks for your time,

Donielle Cook
commented 2017-04-27 14:05:52 -0700
Please talk to someone with understanding of criminal justice system and kill hb 1338. This will make us a disarray state like California
commented 2017-04-25 08:53:26 -0700
Please OPPOSE HB 2249 School Vaccine Exemption Safety Deception Bill and OPPOSE INTRODUCED HB 1124 and SUPPORT CSHB 1124 To Download Vaccine Exemption Form & Protect Privacy
commented 2017-04-21 12:42:36 -0700
Dear Senator Whitmire,

My name is James Jeffries. I`m a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. I am also an eight year Veteran of TDCJ-ID. I`m trying to hire back on with TDCJ-ID. I worked for TDCJ-ID for eight years from 1994-2002. I`ll be honest. I had a couple of disciplinaries during my time there but I was always a loyal employee. I really enjoyed my job. I applied for rehire in February and was turned down on April 10, 2010, presumably for past disciplinary history.

I used to drink back then and made some unwise choices when it came to my job. I was self centered and didn`t realize my potential or the opportunity that I had with TDCJ-ID.

I have been happily sober for 5 years now. I have a family and great friends and would not trade those for anything. I really want to go back to TDCJ-ID and contribute. I have experience and I have a lot to offer.

I have a friend, Major Shawn Pinney, who is the Major over transportation and he has told me personally that he would love to have me working for him in transportation.

Sir, I humbly ask for your help in rehiring with TDCJ-ID. I promise you that if I am given a second chance that I won`t blow it. I will be the best Correctional Officer I can be. I will promote and leave things better than how I found them. That is my personal promise to you. That is my word and my word is my bond.


Thank you Senator for your time.
commented 2017-04-20 09:37:22 -0700
Dear Honorable Senator,


Please vote DO PASS on SB 329, The bill:


restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access to all Texas adoptees with no restrictions or conditions

permits the release of the OBC to an adult descendant, adult sibling, surviving spouse, or adopted parent of a deceased adopted person if certain conditions are met.

contains a genuine voluntary Contact Preference form similar to those found in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Please join Rhode Island, Maine, Alabama, Oregon, New Hampshire, Colorado and Hawaii in restoring equal civil rights for adult citizens who were adopted as children. Kansas and Alaska have always had equality for ALL citizens.


Thank you, Christina Harwell
commented 2017-04-13 12:21:17 -0700
Most Honorable Senator John Whitmire,

I am a Bail Bond owner is San Antonio, Tx and am very concern that my family business could be so radically changed by the pending legislation. I pray that you consider not only the plight of the Bondsmen but the back lash that will result in such changes. I will keep this communication short and ask for your generous consideration. I am available by phone in the attached information. (210-912-5367) i will eagerly await a response. Thank You

Janice
commented 2017-04-07 10:52:32 -0700
Senator Whitmire, please put a halt to this madness regarding the raiding of the Houston Firefighter’s pension fund. If any lawmaker in Texas would take the time to research the injustice of SB43/HB 2190 you will find massive amounts of wrongs committed by our City leaders, year after year, Mayor after Mayor, you will find that the Police broke pay parity with the firefighters years ago and benefited from huge raises while the firefighters said ok, we can help the city by doing our best with much less. A fire cadet makes $28,000, a police cadet makes a range of $42,000 to over $46,000. Our pension has bailed the City our numerous times with not a thank you spoken. My disgust lies in the manner in which our Current Mayor has negotiated his reform. It is clear he owes the police and municipal a LOT more than firefighters. He spent behind doors negotiations with them, our behind doors negotiations amounted to threats and he has kept his word on those threats. He has changed the original terms sheets with firefighters without our pension approval, he placed a gag order on them along with a threat that if you talk publically I will hurt the firefighters worse. Is this how our State and city conduct business that affects the wages and benefits earned by Civil and public servants?. The police don’t object because they have their massive raises and our citizens and firefighters will pay the price. This reform has and will continue to have well trained, seasoned firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics walking out the door. The exodus has begun. When this session is over and our state lawmakers have deemed that firefighters are not worthy of what they have given up, sacrificed and earned over the course of their career my hope is that you, your family, loved ones and our citizens are not in need of emergency care or fire services as Houston will be under staffed, still working with broken equipment and with the knowledge that their current and past sacrifices at work and at home has been acknowledged by our City and State as not being worthy. Firefighters can not bleed anymore than now. The Mayor also wanted to cut spousal benefits and if you give our Mayors this power our spouses and widows and children will one day soon find themselves on the doorstep of our Medicaid and food stamp offices. This is real, firefighters do the impossible each and every day, 24 hours at a time, they are at every medical call, every fire call. And now they are being called upon to possibly carry guns for their own safety. So now we give hem police duties as well. They are always first on the scene and wait until the police lunch hour is over for their arrival so they can go back to their soggy or dried up meal sitting at the station. They see things their eyes never forget, are dying of job related illnesses, or in the line of duty. Their families have suffered the sacrifices of an absent parent, the spouses have taken on the roles of both parents, the children suffer, BUT they are not worthy of descent pay, a pension intact nor a word of protection by our City and State for a job well done. Senator do your job quickly, research the truth, make up your own mind with facts. When you do this you will see that yes there is a problem but it is NOT a firefighter problem and this reform should not hurt them so harshly. When we finally make those responsible accountable for this gross injustice then Texas can again be called the Great State of Texas. Until then we have lost our principals, our truth and our desire to do what is right. I urge you to vote against any bill that will hurt our Houston firefighters pension, call David Keller yourself, ask questions, get involved in seeking the truth. As a lawmaker you must seek the facts on your own and not believe others. You have a responsibility to know first hand the issues and facts. As a constituent in your district I expect this from you and no less. Thank you. Re: HB2190 / SB 43 vote NO
commented 2017-04-06 13:44:47 -0700
commented 2017-04-01 19:29:32 -0700
Dear Senator Whitmire,

As a retired Houston Firefighter, I am asking you to vote NO on Senate Bill 2190 as it stands right now, relating to the public retirement systems of certain municipalities. The City of Houston has made fiscally ill-advised transactions with respect to the funding of municipal employees pension funds and with this bill seeks to minimize the City’s obligations. This bill, however punishes unfairly the Houston Firefighters fund. The Houston Firefighters fund does not face the same fiscal danger that the others do. This fund has consistently had a funded ratio that is not only well above any of the other Houston municipal retirement funds but well above the US national average. Firefighters in Houston have given up pay raises and have paid a higher percentage of their salaries towards their pensions. If this bill is implemented, Firefighters, the men and women who risk their lives daily for our safety, could face up to a 40% reduction in their pensions. They would risk not getting their money that they have diligently put aside for their retirement. Please vote NO on Senate Bill 2190 or House Bill 43.
commented 2017-04-01 19:27:10 -0700
commented 2017-03-28 06:50:11 -0700
Thank you for authoring SB 1338.
commented 2017-03-21 00:27:27 -0700
Thanks for trying to get rid of the vehicle inspection fee process and fee. The process is unnecessary and time consuming and a relic of the past when we had unreliable vehicles and equipment. If the bill fails, then simply cut out the fee. As a matter of fact, the registration fee is even more ridiculous. Get rid of it. Thanks. Why would anyone need to “register” a vehicle more than once upon purchase? Doing it yearly is nothing more than a money grab with no benefit….of course.
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commented 2017-03-16 08:27:36 -0700
I am a retired teacher and am very concerned with the possibility of changes to my TRS pension. Please vote no on SB 1750 and. SB 1751. Teachers dedicate their lives to working tirelessly with children and deserve financial peace of mind when they retire.
commented 2017-03-14 14:38:50 -0700
I am a voter in Texas and one of your constituents, and I am calling to ask you to oppose SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill that will be heard on Wednesday.

By diverting scarce law enforcement resources to immigration enforcement, this bill will make Texas less safe.

It will drive victims and witnesses into the shadows, corrode the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and waste taxpayer money.

Federal law should be enforced by federal law enforcement, so I respectfully call on you not to support SB 4 or any legislation that diverts local taxes away from local priorities.

Thank you

Jim Falick
followed this page 2017-03-14 07:08:37 -0700
commented 2017-03-12 11:01:39 -0700
PLEASE HELP OUR DEDICATED TEACHERS….DO NOT SUPPORT SB1750 and SB 1751.

My daughter has been teaching emotionally disturbed kids in Austin ISD for 25 years and barely makes enough to live on…….and she has to get support from friends and family to add to her own contributions for necessities for her students. Who are more important workers in our world than our public school teachers!!!

Thanks for your attention.

jc
commented 2017-03-08 21:16:40 -0800
I prefer that we move forward with the changes to the pension as outlined in the recent billl. I do not believe we should vote on matter this in November. It has the approval of all the pension holders and the city officials Every Day we delay implementing the plan our debt grows. Please do what you can to convince Ms Huffman to remove the voting provision and save the taxpayers money.
commented 2017-03-02 13:22:51 -0800
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commented 2017-03-01 08:56:07 -0800
RE: Oppose SB-1022


From: Brandon M. Wheeler, licensed marriage & family therapist

www.WheelhouseCounseling.com

4115 Lou Anne Ln.

Houston, TX 77092


POSTION: I oppose SB-1022 due to its direct opposition to the Sunset Commission recommendations in the January 2017 report. I support the creation of the Texas Behavioral Executive Council as described in the Sunset Commission report. I believe Marriage and Family Therapists need a fully funded, independent board with the power to make our own rules that govern our profession and rule in ethics complaints regarding the work of Marriage and Family Therapists.


DETAILS: On Friday, Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) filed SB-1022 to move the Texas State Board for Marriage and Family Therapists from the Department of State Health Services and transfer it to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Her bill also includes the transfer of Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Chemical Dependency Providers and Sex Offender Treatment Providers.


This would drop each board’s status and transform it into an advisory council with no direct ability to develop rules that govern their professions or handle ethics complaints by peer review.


Senator Nelson’s bill is in opposition of the Sunset Commission Report, which in January, authorized the creation of the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council which will house LMFTs, LPCs, Social Workers, Psychologists, LCDC’s and Sex Offender Treatment Providers.


During Sunset testimony TDLR admitted it is not ready to add regulation of behavioral and mental health providers. TDLR has NO experience in working with mental health professionals which hold graduate degrees. SB-1022 disregards that fact!


SB-1022 disregards the months of work by the Sunset Commission made up of a team of bi-partisan Senators, Representatives, and Public Members who unanimously voted to create the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council.


Each Mental Health Board collaboratively worked hard to help develop the idea of the Behavioral Health Executive Counsel. The Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapists met with legislators, testified at hearings and rallied our member’s support. Senator Nelson’s bill disregards all of that effort.
commented 2017-02-28 09:56:29 -0800
Sen. Whitmire,


Please reconsider your effort to require a public vote on the Astrodome re-development plans. You obvious strategy is to kill the effort to save the Astrodome because voters would, in all liklihood, vote against spending the money. If you were a New York State Senator, would you initiate legislation aimed at demolishing the Statue of Liberty? It is no different with the Astrodome. Like it or not, the Astrodome is the public symbol of Houston and a major tourist attraction. Thirty-five years ago when I made my first business trip to Houston, I was asked what I wanted to do while I was in town. Without hesitation I said that I would like to see a game in the Astrodome. Last Spring when my son-in-law visited for the first time I asked him the same question that was asked of me. “See the Astrodome,” he said. Roy Hoffheintz will always be revered in Houston as the man who built the Eighth Wonder of the World. Your legacy may well be the man who destroyed it. We elect our public officials to make wise decisions for the benefit of their constituencies. You can’t have a plebiscite on every issue. Maybe you should introduce legislation requiring a vote on continuing State Legislators’ extravagant pension plan. Like you, I am a Democrat, but I can’t help but see this as an ill-advised vendetta against Astrodome preservation champion, Ed Emmet, a Republican, at the expense of the City of Houston. Work on something constructive, not destructive.
commented 2017-02-22 07:40:13 -0800
Senator Whitmire,


As a senior leader in the Texas legislature, I strongly encourage you to use your voice to speak out strongly and publicly in opposition to Senate Bill 6, a bill designed to discriminate against transgender Texans. Now is not the time to be silent as your colleagues attempt to take away the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens.


Sincerely,


Jessica Wilbanks
commented 2017-02-17 12:07:38 -0800
Dear Senator Whitmire:


Please push to restore the full $5 million appropriation for Cultural & Fine Arts Districts as part of the Texas Commission on the Arts base budget, in Senate Bill 1, Article I.


These resources were approved as part of the Legislative Appropriations Request by both the Legislative Budget Board and the budget analysts in the Governor’s Office, so it was with significant consternation to see them cut in the Senate budget.


These funds were appropriated for the first time in 2015, providing strength and resources to the Commission’s Cultural & Fine Arts District program that was initially established in 2005 with the passing of HB 2208 by Representative Larry Phillips and Senator Judith Zaffarini. Since then, 35 Cultural Districts have been created and approved and are changing the cultural and economic landscape of communities across Texas.


Last year our theatre received a $50,000 marketing grant for marketing and tourism to present our production of All the Way by the Texan Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan. The play about Lyndon B. Johnson won the Tony on Broadway and we co-produced it with another major Texas theatre and it played in both cities. The funding was crucial to our being able to market this show using television, which is normally too expensive. The increased marketing allowed us to reach new audiences and produce the largest attendance of any show this past year. We also performed for high school and junior high students. And it was about a period in Texas history that impacted the rest of the country!


The arts bring jobs, they generate significant economic impact in the state, they raise the quality of life for all of our citizens and they serve as one of our strongest beacons for tourism in Texas.


Please vote to restore the Texas Commission on the Arts’ $5 million appropriation for Cultural & Fine Arts Districts, as part of Senate Bill 1, Article I.


Thank you for your service and support.

A Houston Constituent
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