FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/30/2015
Rep. James White Meets with Constituents; Continues Work on Public Education Legislation
Austin, TX - On Monday, January 26th, we started the third week of the legislative session with quite a busy day. I had the pleasure of meeting with a large group of superintendents, principals and educators from Southeast Texas. We had a fruitful discussion with plenty of debate about how to improve the public school education for Southeast Texas children.
Standing firm on Southeast Texas conservative values and listening to your concerns, I have co-authored HB 623, better known as the Texas Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act. Article I Section 32 of the state constitution quotes that the covenant of marriage is between a man and a woman. I have signed on to this bill because when I took my oath of office I pledged to uphold the Texas constitution.
Later on that day, the House body motioned to recess in honor of WWII veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, and native Texan Audie Murphy. January 26th is the anniversary of when Audie Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor. I am truly humbled by the sacrifice Audie Murphy made for his country, and for all the men and women, past and present, who serve to protect our freedoms as a nation. I will always continue to support the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.
On Tuesday, the House commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. I had the privilege to sit down with Sheri Delmarge of Lumberton and other CPAs representing Southeast Texas. We discussed possible changes in the tax code to further bolster the Texas economy and supercharge prosperity in Southeast Texas.
First thing Wednesday morning, I was able to host a truancy roundtable discussion, with Justices of the Peace from around the state, as well as advocates for truancy reform, and staff members from other legislative offices. Among those officials was Municipal Judge Judith Haney from Woodville. Ideas for truancy reform were abundant, and a very productive discussion was held. The youth of District 19 along with the entire state are very important to me, and the issue of truancy is one that is in need of crucial reform. My staff and I are actively working to tackle this important issue during this legislative session by decriminalizing absenteeism from school and giving our parents, students, school leaders, and juvenile justice leaders more tools to encourage high attendance and academic achievement.
I want to thank Herman Wright Jr. of Kirbyville, Texas for visiting his Capitol this week. He and I had a great conversation about Southeast Texas history and genealogy
As Vice Chair of the House Committee on Corrections I was honored to join the staff of the Polunsky Unit last Saturday, along with inmate families, to congratulate fifteen GED graduates on their successful accomplishments. An important part of the rehabilitation effort is education and Ms. Lewing and Ms. Evans do a phenomenal job in helping these inmates attain higher levels of education.
Later that day I joined many of my Southeast Texas friends at the Sons of Confederate Veterans Brigade Lee-Jackson dinner. I also I was able to attend the Silsbee High School Baseball Club Banquet. I am wishing them a great season of fun and success.
The House stands adjourned until Monday, February 2nd, at 2 p.m.