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  • Mark Chesley
    commented 2019-04-09 20:15:37 -0500
    I urge you to reconsider bringing the red light bill to a full vote. It seems to me that an issue should be decided by the full legislative body and not by one persons opinion. I do not reside in your district, but you are allowing a personal concern to deny me and the whole state have the body make a statewide decision.

    Mark Chesley, Palmer, TX ,
  • john snell
    commented 2019-04-03 16:47:36 -0500
    Dear Sir,

    I represent a small group of ATV riders in Texas. We are all watching HB 1548 and highly support it. I noticed it is sitting in the Transportation committee. I was inquiring to see if you were planning on moving that Bill forward or not ? I would love to go back to our group and provide an update on its progress. Any update would be helpful. Thank you sir!
  • Dennis Pattarozzi
    commented 2019-04-01 00:38:50 -0500
    Senator Canales…I read an article from back in January about you continually trying to communicate the teachers healthcare issue with Governor Abbott. I am contacting you because I have family members who are teachers and was alarmed to hear about their healthcare cost. At my former place of employment, we as employees ran our own healthcare and had a free clinic for us, our family member, and retirees…free. We had low premiums and outstanding coverage with no rate increases for a 7 year period. I tell you this because the gentleman that presided over our healthcare is still in that business and in talking with him about this issue, we decided to look into providing teachers at two local school districts with an affordable healthcare matching their current coverage, possibly providing better coverage, and offering a free clinic to them and their family members. Both districts are open to exploring this option and we are ready to gather information but found out that they are currently enrolled in the TRS Active Care system and unless the legislation changes, they can not opt out of this program even if there is something more affordable out there. This is absurd that there is legislation like this. The only option school districts need is to be able to opt out of this program and they can find much more affordable healthcare, and we are willing to work for that starting with these two local districts. I hope you can make some headway with the Governor concerning this issue. Thank you for fighting for our teachers
  • Kirsten Scheideman
    commented 2019-03-20 13:49:02 -0500
    “An alliance dedicated to the protection of the individual rights of motorcyclists through political change and awareness, charitable works, public education and the promotion of motorcycling”

    Hello Chairperson Terry Canales,

    Texas (86th) HB 748 – a house bill authored by Representative Neave, (D107) is not promoting motorcycle “safety” in Texas! Presently, 64% registered motorcyclists in Texas already choose to wear a helmet without any new required legislation. (2010-2017 Texas A&M statistics).

    HB 748, if passed, would remove several mandates from the Transportation Code, including the mandate (661.003 [c-1, [c-2], [c-I]) Which I believe will also increase motorcycle profiling.

    Wearing a helmet (HB 748) will not decrease motorcycle fatalities/crashes, though educating riders and motorists will. As a Texas motorcyclist I will continue to promote motorcycle education, adult choice and personal accountability; therefore, I respectfully ask you as a member of the Texas Transportation Committee not to move HB748 out of committee.


    Thank you,

    Kirsten Scheideman

    Texas State ABATE Secretary

  • Daniel Shevenell
    followed this page 2018-11-27 15:23:56 -0600
  • Daniel Shevenell
    commented 2018-11-27 15:22:04 -0600
    I just wanted to commend your office’s efforts + thought leadership regarding Digital Identification — it’s great to see!

    I’d like to also offer this: For the love of God, PLEASE don’t let Texas do what Louisiana did.

    Here’s what I mean:

    Sure, States have constitutional authority to issue ID, but one of the most important use-cases for identification is at airport checkpoints, run by TSA … which are Federally regulated via DHS policy and US Law.

    So, while Texas could (constitutionally) run off and hire companies to build nifty little apps and digital ID-related widgets, it is GUARANTEED to be wasted effort until DHS clarifies (via a policy directive) the requirements of REAL ID on the topic of digital identification.

    Once DHS clarifies REAL ID for Digital ID, then there’s a Federal standard. THEN, Texas digital ID can be accepted in any State of the Union and TSA can accept it at airports. Even better: Apple & Google can support the standard in “wallet” apps, which means Texas (and the other 49 States) don’t have to each build its own “ID app”. Even better: Apple Wallet, for example, can be accessed w/o the owner having to unlock the phone — good for privacy; 3rd party apps simply cannot be designed to do this.

    So, key point:

    Texas — and all States of the Union — should lobby DHS to clarify the requirements of REAL ID as they pertain to Digital ID. Please please please do not add to the growing mess of States building nifty little apps w/o a Federal standard for interoperability in-place.
  • Janice Smith
    commented 2018-11-08 14:43:25 -0600
    For more than a month I’ve been receiving a text message from the Tx. Democratic party. I’ve tried blocking, typing STOP, and calling the Austin Tx. Democrats. If the Republicans do this I won’t be voting that way either. Please make them stop.
  • Lazaro Guerra
    commented 2016-03-21 15:35:35 -0500
    Simple question. Why are Justice of the Peace NOT required to have some form of college education before seeking public office. Most positions in Texas NOW require you to have 60 college credit hours, (case in point DPS Officers). Several of our assistant states Attorneys in Hidalgo County who have more court room experience aren’t even making what these individuals will make once appointed and I mean Salary. I would support some form of legislation requiring Justice of the Peace to at least have 60 college credit hours before seeking election.
  • Carlos Ortiz
    commented 2016-01-07 10:34:02 -0600
    We have an Adult Day Care here in donna, tx and i want to put a complaint on one of the HMO’s which is superior health plan. We just enrolled in one of the states programs for Adult �Day Cares which is Rate Enhancement. They suppose to follow DADS rules which they need to pay retroactive from september and they are just giving us retroactive from november. Can you please contact us

    Thank you,

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