House Representative

Phillips, Larry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/03/2007

House Review of DOJ Investigation of Lubbock State School

~ Statement by Rep. Larry Phillips (Sherman) ~
Chairman, House General Investigating and Ethics Committee


The General Investigating and Ethics Committee will review the status of the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation of Lubbock State School as well the incident at Mexia State School.


This committee will oversee this issue due to the potential or alleged criminal nature of recent incidents. It is important that the Legislature not interfere or complicate the efforts of DOJ or local law enforcement with state officials. For this reason, the committee will meet in executive session to review these matters, starting Wednesday, April 4th. We must ensure the House is fully advised of steps taken to ensure the health and safety of individuals under the care of the Department of Aging and Disability Services.


We trust that the appropriate House committees with jurisdiction over policies affecting this agency will continue to address those related matters.