FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/26/2017
TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE TONI ROSE FILES BILLS AIMED AT REDUCING THE COST OF GOVERNMENT AND EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW
Calls For Common Sense Solutions
AUSTIN, TX - Yesterday, State Representative Toni Rose (110) filed an assortment of bills aimed at reducing budget costs, increasing efficiency and enacting a common sense criminal justice update for counties across Texas.
Under the jurisdiction of the County Commissioner's Court, those experiencing house arrest cannot use it as time served if they are later sentenced to jail time. This differs from the state probation department which does allow for time served, resulting with some defendants serving more time in confinement than their like counterparts. House Bill 1287 provides equity for those experiencing periods of confinement while reducing the jail population and saving property tax dollars.
"I work to help all people," said Representative Rose. "I believe in equal treatment under the law and common sense solutions to reduce government costs while improving the lives of residents in the Dallas community and Texans across our entire state."
Although real estate brokers are allowed to assist in selling county property, those same brokers are barred from leasing the very same property. House Bill 1288 would allow counties to rent their property through real estate brokers without the excessive costs of hiring additional full-time staff.
Currently, medical examiners in counties like Dallas are forced to spend tax dollars facilitating activities that are duplicative, at no fault of their own. In counties with more than one million residents, House Bill 1285 authorizes attending physicians to certify the death certificates of their own patients, removing the costs from the county medical examiner's office. House Bill 1286 allows medical examiners to follow storage methods established by national accreditation agencies as best practices.
"In an environment where resources are strained, every dime of our tax dollars should be optimized," said Representative Rose. "Good governance means examining every opportunity to make government more efficient and tax dollars go further."
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