FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/13/2015
State Representative James White Hosts Article V Convention Press Conference; Assigned to Caucus Policy Committee
Austin, TX - With committee assignments being distributed amongst the members the prior week, the 84th Legislature convened Monday to begin referring the filed bills to their respective committees. As committee staff began to gear up to act upon the referred legislation, our office is hard at work preparing to request committee hearings for our conservative legislation.
I was honored to host several board members from Sam Houston Electric Co-Op (SHECO) and the Jasper-Newton Electric Co-Op. These two entities are continuously providing jobs and innovating the energy industry in our area which will assist in supercharging our Southeast Texas economy. I am looking forward to working with these two companies this session on improving the energy industry in Southeast Texas.
The House adjourned on Wednesday in memory of Dycin, Koltyn, Kyi'Leigh and Haven Loftin. This is a tragic loss for Spurger and the County of Tyler. I send my deepest condolences to their family.
Following the adjournment on Wednesday, I hosted a press conference with Representatives Paul Workman, Phil King, and Rick Miller over our legislative initiatives related to an Article V Convention of States. This legislative agenda will allow the State's to exercise their Constitutional authority in order to reign in the excessive debt, spending, and regulation that negatively impact the Southeast Texas economy and way of life. Article V allows for the states to propose amendments to the Constitution upon a convention called by the United States Congress. The bill I am carrying, House Bill 1109, condenses the process for application and sets the guidelines for an Article V convention. I am excited to begin the constitutional conservative Article V process, as the end result will put more power back in the hands of the states of the people of Texas.
Thursday morning in the Texas House Caucus, I was nominated to serve on the Policy Committee. This vital position within the caucus is one that analyzes filed legislation and sends recommendations to the caucus. This helps members keep track of and informs members of conservative legislation that they should be aware of and possibly support when a vote is brought to the floor. More important, serving on the Caucus Policy Committee will provide me another opportunity to have a conservative impact on legislation and promote conservative Southeast Texas interests and values. For instance, a member from North Texas has filed a bill (HB 1153) to take away our Southeast Texas junior water rights! It is important that I play a vital role in the Caucus and educate from other parts of Texas about honoring Southeast Texas property and water rights.
Maria Lewis-Hudson, of Newton, stopped by my office advocating for Texas Career and Technical Month. Maria is the state president of the Future Business Leaders of America, which is a high school organization that helps students prepare for careers in business and business related fields. I was very proud to have her stop by my office; in our talk I learned about her future college plans and see a bright future for her. I am confident that God will continue to guide her path and look forward to seeing her progress.
February 12th was the 2015 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Day at the Capitol. I had the opportunity to meet with CASA volunteers from House District 19, Natalie Thornton and David and Dickie Henderson, from Polk and Hardin Counties, respectively. Their passion and work advocating for neglected children makes me proud to represent them.
The House stands adjourned until Monday at 2 p.m.