FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/08/2011
Rep. Walle Earns Broad Support for Legislation
AUSTIN -- In a legislative session fraught with divisive issues, State Representative Armando Walle (Houston) has demonstrated effective leadership to pass bills that matter to the residents of Aldine and the Northside.
Rep. Walle authored House Bill 350, one of the first bills to pass out of the Texas House of Representatives. House Bill 350 allows judges the option of permitting juveniles charged with Class C misdemeanors at school to dispose of their sentences with tutoring hours.
"Each year our justice and municipal courts process hundreds of thousands of Class C tickets issued to school children," said Rep. Walle. "I am pleased to offer judges an additional tool to keep our kids in the schoolhouse and out of the jailhouse."
Two additional bills by Rep. Walle, House Bill 191 and House Bill 1341, received favorable votes on the House floor. House Bill 1341 gives universities additional flexibility to set the due dates for tuition and fees.
"My family made sacrifices so that I could be the first person in my family to graduate college," recalled Rep. Walle. "My bill will give universities the flexibility they need to work with families who are struggling to afford their children's education."
House Bill 191 will improve the quality of life in Harris County by increasing the distance that new automotive wrecking and salvage yards must be located from churches, schools and residences.
"The most satisfying part of my job as a state legislator is when I can take input from my constituents and turn that into laws for our state," stated Rep. Walle. "Folks are very concerned about the environmental impact of junkyards, as well as how they affect property value. I am proud to pass a bill that safeguards quality of life in our community. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to guide these bills though the process so they become law."
Rep. Armando Walle is serving his second term in the Texas House of Representatives and serves on the House Committee on Insurance and the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. He represents House District 140, which includes northern portions of unincorporated Harris County and the City of Houston.