| TPA LEGISLATIVE REPORT, OCTOBER 10, 2016
As we start the final Fall countdown leading to the 85th Legislative Session, the single most dominant theme is shaping up to be MONEY. With a weak recession recovery and new recession threats making news, and an uncertain oil and gas industry, tax revenues have been trending down. Recognizing the trend, Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, and Speaker Straus directed all state agencies to reduce their spending plans by four percent. of course that spells projected budget cuts at least for the time being. Numerous issues have bubbled to the surface, and already, your legislative committees(for months) have been patiently working to assure probation, both Juvenile and Adult, doesn’t get swept aside by a rush of more pressing or more publicized issues.
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Meet TPA’s Lobbyist–Ray Allen
Hon. Ray Allen
Former State Representative Ray Allen was first elected to the Texas House Of Representatives in 1992, and served seven terms, retiring in January, 2006. During his tenure he served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Corrections, Chairman of the County Affairs Committee, was a member of the House Committee on Government Reform, the House Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Select Interim Committee on Sex Offender Statutes, Vice-Chairman of the Environmental Regulations Committee, the Committee on House Administration, Select Committee on Constitutional Revision, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, and the House Public Safety Committee. He chaired numerous Subcommittees, focusing on issues related to criminal justice, corrections reform, and the environment, and Chaired the Texas Legislature Sportsmen’s Caucus from 2002 through 2006. Read More