THE SPEAKER: House come to order. Members, please register. Have all registered. Have all registered. Quorum is present the House and gallery will please rise for the invocation and the Chair recognizes Representative Laubenberg to introduce our pastor of the day.
REP. JODIE LAUBENBERG: Thank you, members, I have the very privileged honor to introduce Dr. Chris *Secrist from my area Wylie, Texas and he is not only a good friend but a pastor who stepped in when a tenured 37 year pastor retired. And you know how hard it is to do. To step into a new church setting when folks have known the other pastor for years and years. But Chris has not only stood firm on the gospel but not kept it in the church building but reached out in the community and it's just amazing, the work that he has done with the kids and just spreading the light and the message. So please welcome Dr. Chris *Secrist.
PASTOR OF THE DAY: What a joy and privilege to intercede before the father on behalf of you great men and women, our elected officials. As a native Texan and proud Texan, I tell you it is indeed humbling just to be here in your presence today. I ask that you bow your heads with me this morning and as you do and knowing that there are many things that you are going to endeavor on this day I ask you to just consider the words of *Micah 680. And it says to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Dear Heavenly Father, we recognize today that you are sovereign. You have everything under control. Regardless of countless issues of the day and the great challenges facing this legislature it is in God that we trust. Nothing has passed into our lives which has not passed first through your hands for everything is being created by you and it is for you and it is you who hold all things together. We thank you father for your grace toward us as individuals and as a state. Even when it has been difficult economic time ins our country you have taken care of us people. Texas has always been a special place for the rich and bold and Godly heritage. As we continue to seek your kingdom, please continue to prosper our land in the future. As we consider the business in our legislature I pray that each of the members in this house wisdom as they make decisions that impact so many Texan and others. I know that many of these men and woman carry this burden with great and emotional anguish. Your word the Bible instructs us to ask you for wisdom and you will give it. As each one seeks your wisdom and you reveal it to them I pray father that you will let them act in confidence in bringing about your will. May each of these lawmakers follow the example of your son Jesus Christ and the Godly men and women who proceeded them in this chamber. For the Lord I ask for your holy hand and favorably of each one of these lawmakers. You tell us as citizens to pray for teens and for those in authority over us and as we submit to their leadership we submit to you. Lord, I pray that they would not fear the criticisms of opponents or be anxious about the challenges that face them. Let them fear only you and you alone. Finally, Lord Jesus we thank you for your son. Thank you for your death your burial and resurrection so that we may have eternal life. Let us live this day for your great glory. Thank you for your many blessings and may you bless this great state we call Texas. In a strong name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Murphy to lead us in the pledge.
REPRESENTATIVE JIM MURPHY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, members and distinguished guests in the gallery, would you please join me in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. (Pledge read). And now the Texas flag. (Texas pledge read).
THE SPEAKER: Representative Murphy moves the House to suspend all the reading of referral of bills until the end of today's business. Is there any objection? The Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Weber to introduce our doctor of the day.
REP. RANDY WEBER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker and fellow members and distinguished guests welcome to y'all's House of Representatives. It's my honor today to introduce our doctor of the day, Dr. Arnold Armbruster. He and his lovely wife Elaine moved to Pearland in 1964. They have three children. He opened his office there in Pearland and became very active in the community, placed his membership with the Methodist Church, joined the Pearland Lions club and has remained an active member and still serves on that board. He served as team physician for the Pearland schools for twenty years. City health officer for twenty years and was a charter member of the Pearland chamber of commerce. Dr. Armbruster received his bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University. Now, Truman University. And his medical degree in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He's a board certified fellow of the Osteopathic College of Family Practice, and the American Osteopathic College of Proctology. His professional activities are way too numerous to list. Probably the best thing about him is that he lives right around the corner from me he's a great Pearland and a great doctor. Please welcome Dr. David Armbruster and his wife Elaine.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Bonnen.
REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I move to take up and suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider House Resolution 613.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Are there any objections? Hearing none. Rules are suspended. Chair lays out H.R. 613, the clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 613, by Bonnen. WHEREAS, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School in Richwood is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011; and WHEREAS, The driving force behind the creation of this. Notable institution was Sister Mary Antoinette Peltier of Danbury who in the mid-1980s saw the need for a Catholic school in Brazoria County and resolved to start one; the proposal she wrote to the presiding bishop was approved in May of 1986, and Our Lady Queen of Peace opened in September of that year; and WHEREAS, Originally utilizing the education building of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Lake Jackson, the school had an initial enrollment of 67 students and a front office with little more than a desk, a telephone, and a three-hole punch; nonetheless area parents demonstrated their faith in the institution through strong support, and the school's infrastructure improved rapidly; the location was soon moved to a nearby parish hall, and in 1988 construction was completed on a new permanent home for Our Lady Queen of Peace; and WHEREAS, Today, the school offers an outstanding education to nearly 250 students in preschool, elementary, and junior high classes, preparing them for later studies in public and private high schools; Our Lady Queen of Peace students are a diverse group with a range of ethnic and religious backgrounds, and they rank in the top 20 percent on national achievement tests and perform well in statewide private school interscholastic competitions; and WHEREAS, The school employs dedicated teachers who view their work as a ministry and who have an average of 11 years of experience in the classroom; these educators strive to encourage the spiritual, academic, social, and physical development of each child through a comprehensive curriculum that includes Spanish and computer instruction as well as elective activities such as music lessons, performing arts, scouting, and sports; and WHEREAS, For 25 years, the faculty and staff of Our Lady Queen of Peace have committed themselves to meeting the educational needs of their students, and the school has played a vital role in helping many young Texans build a bright and prosperous future; now therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas legislature hereby honor Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School on the 25th anniversary of its opening and extend to all those associated with the institution sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the school as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Bonnen.
REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: Mr. Speaker and members, I move passage.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Hearing none. Resolution is adopted. Chair recognizes Representative Bonnen.
REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It's an honor to be here recognizing one of the fine private schools in my district, Our Lady Queen of Peace. Sister Mary Antoinette Peltier of Danbury. And if you have ever been to Danbury, you will know that there are a lot of Peltiers there. She recognized the need and the desire to have a Catholic school in Brazoria county. She worked to start Our Lady Queen of Peace in September 1986. I can remember sitting in church when she and others came and spoke about the desire to have a private Catholic school in our community. The initial enrollment was 67 students. Through the support of many dedicated parents, which we have many supportive parents and some of them are here with us today. They now offer educational opportunities to over 250 students. OLGP ranks in the top 20 percent in our nation on achievement tests and they have a great number of a dedicated students who have an average tenure of educational classroom experience of over 11 years. On the dais today we have several students that I'm proud to introduce to you now. We have Jessica Santos. We have Joseph Durran, Samuel Sheldon, John Eric James, Victoria Cardenas. We have Samuel James and Reyna Santos. Members, I appreciate your time today and it's an honor to recognize 25 great years of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Sheffield for a recognition.
REP. RALPH SHEFFIELD: Members, I have a group here from Temple today, the leadership Temple class 2011 has made it today, 19 individuals. If you would stand up in the north side of the gallery and recognize yourself. We welcome you to your House today and thank you for being here.
THE SPEAKER: Mr. Workman. Chair recognizes Representative Workman for a recognition.
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Members, I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider House Resolution 699. Mr. Speaker -- Madam Speaker, members in the gallery with us today are some students from Eastside Memorial High School, they are here with several other students from Austin school district. Are they here? There they are. Over here. Members, please welcome them to your house.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Bonnen.
REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider House Resolution 614.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Hearing none. Rules are suspended. Chair lays out H.R. 614. The clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 614, by Bonnen. WHEREAS, Dr. Benjamin Weiner, whose medical career spanned more than 40 years, has made an immeasurable contribution to the health of residents in Brazoria County; and WHEREAS, After completing his training in Houston, Dr. Weiner began a primary care medical practice in Alvin in 1966; on visits to nursing-home patients in Angleton, however, he saw the new Angleton Danbury Medical Center being constructed, and he decided to establish an office across from the hospital campus; Dr. Weiner commenced his practice in Angleton in September 1969, two months before the hospital opened its doors, and he has the distinction of having admitted the hospital's first patient; and WHEREAS, From the outset, Dr. Weiner played an integral role in the success and growth of ADMC; he introduced the "On Call" system, served as the first secretary-treasurer of the original medical staff of eight physicians, and also served as chief of staff; during his long and productive association with the hospital, he witnessed a dramatic evolution in its services; the facility now offers state-of-the-art technology, private patient suites, comprehensive inpatient and outpatient surgery, full emergency and intensive care units, and a health and wellness center and boasts a medical staff of more than 75; and WHEREAS, In the course of his practice, Dr. Weiner additionally served as medical director of five Brazoria County nursing homes and as director for a hospice organization, a home health agency, and a center serving medically and physically challenged individuals; held in high esteem within his profession he was asked to be a medical expert in many court cases, and he oversaw the training of medical students and physician assistants for The University of Texas Medical Branch; and WHEREAS, In 2007, Dr. Weiner was honored by Angleton Danbury Medical Center with its Legacy Award, an accolade presented to physicians who embody the highest values of the medical profession; and WHEREAS, After devoting 42 years to the practice of medicine and to building a strong medical presence in Angleton, Dr. Weiner retired in September 2007; today he enjoys spending time with his wife Gebe, his three children, and his two grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Dr. Benjamin Weiner has garnered the lasting respect and admiration of his fellow doctors, his patients, the employees of Angleton Danbury Medical Center, and people from throughout the surrounding communities, and he may indeed reflect with great pride on his many achievements and contributions; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby honor Dr. Benjamin Weiner for his outstanding medical career and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued happiness and fulfillment; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Dr. Weiner as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Members, this is a Memorial Resolution. If you would please give Mr. Bonnen your attention. Chair recognizes Mr. Bonnen.
REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: Thank you. Dr. Weiner is on the podium today, he's not ready for a Memorial Resolution quite yet. But I'd like to move passage on House Resolution 614.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Hearing none. The Resolution is adopted. Chair recognizes Representative Bonnen.
REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS BONNEN: Thank you I just saw my good friend, Representative Craig Eiland. Dr. Wiener played a major role in training the UTMB doctors at Angleton Danbury and we appreciate the partnership we share with your community, Representative Eiland. Dr. Wiener's career is forty years long. Which is just a little longer than my lifespan. I can remember as a young boy going and seeing Dr. Wiener. He is a legendary figure in our community. He's one of the instrumental leaders in the Angleton Danbury Medical Center being a successful hospital in our community today. He actually received the legacy award in 2007 from Angleton Danbury Medical Center for all he did to make it so successful we are very privileged to be joined by him here today. Dr. Wiener is here with us on the podium along with his wife Gibi and we have his son Michael Wiener and his wife Joy and we also have Carla Ricks, his daughter, and Alfred Ricks, his grandson, and Paula Tobin Stevens here representing Angleton Danbury Medical Center. We have other Representatives from the medical center here because of all that he did in his lifetime, not only serving patients and serving medicine but building a first class medical facility in my community. Thank you Dr. Wiener we are proud to have you here today. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Shelton for a motion.
REPRESENTATIVE MARK SHELTON: Thank you, Madam Chairman. Madam Chairman, I would like to move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider House Resolution 640.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Hearing none. The rules are suspended. Chair lays out H.R. 640. The clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 640 by Shelton. WHEREAS, The Paschal High School Choir of the Fort Worth Independent School District is performing at the State Capitol in Austin on March 8, 2011, as part of the Arts in Education Celebration; and. WHEREAS, Founded just five years ago, this outstanding choral group has grown from 15 to more than 150 members who perform in seven different ensembles, including Concert Choir, Select Women's Choir, A Cappella Choir, Varsity Men's Chorus, Varsity Women's Chorus, Madrigals, and Momentum; and. . WHEREAS, In 2010, Paschal High choirs took top honors in every category at the San Diego Heritage Music Festival; moreover four members received Maestro Awards, and the school earned recognition for receiving the highest score of any choir in any category and for coming closest to a perfect score; and. . WHEREAS, Directing this talented group is Jolene Webster, who was selected as the 2010 Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Fort Worth Independent School District and as the 2010 Region XI Teacher of the Year; in addition, she was previously named the 2009-2010 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts; and . WHEREAS, The Paschal High School Choir has been delighting and inspiring audiences for five years, and it is indeed a pleasure to welcome its gifted and hardworking members to the State Capitol; now, therefore, be it . RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby honor the Paschal High School Choir on the occasion of its performance at the State Capitol and extend to its members and director sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further. . RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the group as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Shelton.
REPRESENTATIVE MARK SHELTON: Thank you, Madam chairman. Members, I think it's important that we as members of legislator to always support the fine arts. And I'm thrilled today to have members of the Paschal Choir and Paschal High School in my neighborhood and I believe Ms. Webster and those members of the choir, here would you all please stand over here? And we in Fort Worth are very proud of this group and I believe they are performing later in rotunda of the capitol. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I move to passage.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Hearing none. The Resolution is adopted. Chair recognizes Representative Weber.
REP. RANDY WEBER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I move to suspend all necessary rules and take up in consideration of Resolution of 556.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out House Resolution 556. The Clerk will read the Resolution in full.
CLERK: H.R. 556, by Weber. WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Brazoria County are gathering in Austin to celebrate Brazoria County Day at the State Capitol on March 8, 2011; and. . WHEREAS, This section of coastal prairie along the Brazos River was inhabited during the first three centuries of Texas'. Recorded history by the nomadic Karankawa Indians; the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca passed through the region as early as 1528 and the pirate Jean Lafitte was rumored to have used the mouth of the Brazos as a refuge; and . WHEREAS, The region was settled in the 1820s by members of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred; Henry Smith of Brazoria served as the first American-born governor of the Mexican territory of Texas and as a leader of the movement for independence, and the town of Columbia served as the capital of Texas during the first Texas Congress; in 1836, Brazoria County became one of the original counties established by the new republic; and . WHEREAS, Farming and ranching initially constituted the mainstays of the county's economy; the discovery of oil and sulfur deposits in the early 20th century helped the region grow, and chemical processing became increasingly important during World War II and after; commercial fishing and the recreation industry have helped to ensure continuing economic development; and . WHEREAS, Today, the eight cities of the Brazosport area--Clute, Freeport, Jones Creek, Lake Jackson, Oyster Creek Quintana, Richwood, and Surfside Beach--boast excellent schools and affordable housing; visitors and residents alike take great pleasure in miles of sandy beaches, bay and offshore fishing, scuba diving, and outstanding bird-watching at the Brazoria and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuges; and WHEREAS, Angleton, the county seat, abounds with antique shops and scenic parks and hosts the county fair, one of the largest in Texas, every October and Christmas on the Square in December; the town of Alvin is home to the Nolan Ryan Center, which celebrates the career of its native son and Baseball Hall of Famer; moreover, the nearby town of Pearland is a center for the chemical and oil industries; and . WHEREAS, The educational opportunities available to students at Alvin Community College and Brazosport College further contribute to the county's many amenities; and . WHEREAS, Even as they celebrate their rich heritage, the hardworking citizens of Brazoria County are looking ahead to the opportunities of the future and continuing to contribute greatly to the growth and prosperity of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it . RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby recognize March 8, 2011, as Brazoria County Day at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation best wishes for a memorable and meaningful stay in Austin.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Weber.
REP. RANDY WEBER: Mr. Speaker, I move passage.
THE SPEAKER: Members you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Weber.
REP. RANDY WEBER: Thank you, Mr. Speaker and my colleagues from the south, Representative Bonnen. It is my distinct pleasure to be able to introduce the Brazoria county people to us here today. On the dais behind me is Vicki Melass Brazoria county Day cochair. And Vicki raise your hand and waive. There we go there we go. Thank you ma'am. Tyler Cole, Brazoria county Days Dave cochair, director of the Pearland Economic Development Corporations. Tyler, raise your hand. This shouldn't be hard you are the only guy up there. Dr. Millicent Valek. Thank you ma'am. President of Brazosport College. Joy Weiner, Workforce Coordinator at ACC. Thank you Ms. Joy. And Debbie Pennington, event coordinator, VP of operations, Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County. Thank y'all for being here. Up in the gallery if you are with Brazoria County, please stand up. Members, welcome to your chamber today, your House of Representatives. I do want to note that the Brazoria County Day leadership institute class is in the gallery. That would be Gena Adams, Larry Beuer, Steven Cooke, Susan Cooper, Tamica Gamble, Danielle Kalinski, Sandy Manly, Marisa Stedum, Jeanie Wilburn, and Steven Rocha. Y'all are all up there in the back, I presume. Welcome. Now members you heard the -- y'all go ahead and be seated. We have a long day. We heard that things are bigger and better in Texas and in Brazoria County they are especially bigger and better. Tonight at five o'clock at the Fiesta Garden, we will have the world's largest shrimp boil. They will be dropping off information around your capitol offices. There will be shuttles leaving from the Capitol beginning at 4:30, every thirty minutes for the world's largest shrimp boil at Fiesta Garden. Thank y'all for being here from the greatest county from the State of Texas. Thank you very much.
THE SPEAKER: Representative Howard, Representative King. Chair recognizes Representative King for a recognition.
REP. KING: Thank you, Madam Speaker and members. I'd like to recognize Representative Donna Howard who is standing to my left. We are both nurses. Imagine that. Nurses, most all of you have encountered. Would all the nurses in the gallery please stand up. Representative Murphy claims to be married to a nurse. So he can stand here as well. Everyone in this room has been effected in one way by a nurse at some time in their life what would we do without them. This is nurse day at the Texas State Capitol. This is your capitol. We are happy that you are here. Thank you for what you do for patients. The respective of the law, funding, or any other rules that may entwine in our lives as nurses, patients are first and foremost. And for that we deeply thank you. Representative Howard say something, please.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Howard.
REP. DONNA HOWARD: Well, I would just -- Thank you, Madam Speaker and members. Well, I would just echo what Representative King has said. We know that the nurses are at the forefront of the healthcare delivery. They are the center of the healthcare delivery team. We are all so grateful for what you do to make Texans healthier every single day we couldn't do it without you. We are glad that you are here at the Capitol today to make sure that we are looking at the progression of the nursing profession, to make sure that you are able to do what you need to do, and that the utmost absolute goal here is the quality patient care. So, thank you so much for being here at the Capitol today.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Murphy.
REP. KING: As a spouse of a nurse, we like to represent and welcome Representative Murphy, please.
REPRESENTATIVE JIM MURPHY: Thank you Representatives. I just want to say hello to all the nurse and thank you for being here. I want you to know that when it comes to the nursing issues you have no more effective lobbyist than you do through my wife, Kathleen, who is a proud member of the faculty at UT Health Sciences in Houston. And so if you ever have to take pathophysiology, I hope Dr. Murphy treats you well.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative King.
REP. KING: This is out of time, but thank you all nurses for being here. Welcome to your Capitol and thank you for what you do for patients which all of us are at one point in time. And if you are not in favor of nurses, please don't applaud these wonderful, courageous people who take care of you. Thank you very much.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Martinez.
REP. MARTINEZ: Thank you, Madam Speaker and members. Just to give you an announcement today. We are going to be having a reception today for a Mid Valley Day over at Seronos at 6:30. Mid Valley Day is all the cities within District 39, which is my district. Hope to see you at 6:30 at Seronos. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Taylor.
REP. VAN TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker, members. I move that we suspend all necessary rules to take up House Resolution 740 in recognition of Collin County Day.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out Resolution 740. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 740 by Taylor of Collin. WHEREAS, Residents from Collin County are gathering at the State Capitol on March 7 and 8, 2011, to celebrate Collin County Days, and this event provides an opportunity to pay tribute to its many prosperous communities; and . WHEREAS, Once inhabited by the Caddo Indians, this North Texas area began attracting settlers in the early 1840s; both the county, which was created in 1846, and the present county seat McKinney, which was established in 1849, were named in honor of pioneer resident Collin McKinney, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence; and . WHEREAS, Collin County has experienced one of the fastest growth rates in Texas in recent years, and much of its 886 square miles has been transformed into a bustling urban area; more than 780,000 people now make their home in the county; and . WHEREAS, With a population of nearly 260,000, Plano is the largest city in the county and a thriving commercial center that recently added 4,000 new jobs from 39 new businesses; designated an All-America City by the National Civic League in 1994, it is the first Texas city to be rated AAA by all three major bond-rating agencies, an accomplishment that is a credit to respected longtime city manager Tom Muehlenbeck, who retired in 2010; and . WHEREAS, Visitors to Plano can enjoy shops and malls with many pleasant amenities and a restored downtown square, which features brick sidewalks, turn-of-the-century lampposts, and numerous specialty stores, galleries, and restaurants; this charming community is home to Amy Chayao, winner of the 2010 International Science and Engineering Fair, who was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 State of the Union address; and . WHEREAS, McKinney, the county seat and second-largest city boasts a population of more than 131,000; it ranked fifth among the "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine and was honored as one of the "Top 100" places to raise a family by Best Life magazine; moreover, the city's Main Street program has been jointly recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Texas Historical Commission, and the city is also home to the Collin County Regional Airport and other assets; and . WHEREAS, The site now occupied by the city of Frisco was once a Native American campground; with the arrival of the railroad in the county in the 1870s and the subsequent growth of the area's cotton industry, Frisco became a commercial center for farmers and ranchers; incorporated in 1902, the town grew slowly until the late 1980s, when it had a population of 5,000; today that figure stands at nearly 117,000, and the city serves as a hub of regional and international business; Frisco is home to several professional sports teams, including FC Dallas, the Texas Tornado hockey team the Frisco Rough Riders baseball team, and the Texas Legends basketball team, and to the corporate headquarters of the Dallas Stars hockey team, and it hosted the 2011 NCAA Division I football championship on January 7; the town has also emerged as a vibrant center for cultural offerings; and . WHEREAS, The city of Allen is home to two especially well-known residents, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Carly Patterson and artist Amanda Dunbar; it has a population of more than 84,000 and was ranked 16th among the "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine; its citizens are dedicated to the development of a quality community with an exceptional education system family-oriented residential areas, innovative recreational facilities, and premier business developments; and . WHEREAS, Wylie is another great place to call home; rated the eighth fastest-growing suburb in the United States by Forbes magazine, it numbers over 41,000 residents and benefits from a skilled police force and a fire department that has earned a coveted ISO Class 1 Fire Protection Rating; in addition, Wylie has an outstanding school district and an annual championship rodeo and has made significant investments in infrastructure; and . WHEREAS, Other communities add much to Collin County's allure; Parker was rated the "Most Desirable Suburb in North Texas" by D Magazine and is the home of Southfork Ranch, the filming location for the television series Dallas; Celina has gained statewide fame for its Bobcats high school football team, which has captured eight state titles and recently appeared in a Kenny Chesney music video; true to its name, the town of Prosper has grown larger in recent years and now has excellent access to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, thanks to the opening of a Dallas North Tollway extension; that community's residents are especially appreciative of their skilled firefighters and paramedics, whose courage and quick action have saved numerous lives; and . WHEREAS, Farmersville boasts two businesses that have been in operation for more than 125 years, the Farmersville Times and Independent Bank; it is also the hometown of Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II, while the community of Princeton served during that same war as a German prisoner-of-war camp; the city of Murphy has undertaken $15 million in capital projects to improve parks, streets, water systems, and landscaping and is consistently cited for its desirability; Melissa, platted in 1872, now features a new city hall and a stellar school district, and residents are cheering the top-ranked Melissa High School boys' basketball team; and . WHEREAS, The city of Anna was recently presented with the 2010 Hardworking Rural Community Tall Texan Award by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and its school district's five-star rating from the Texas comptroller is a testament to the exemplary and cost-effective educational approach of the community; as a dedicated Tree City USA, Fairview is committed to preserving the area's country lifestyle while providing opportunities for economic development; Sachse, with a population of 20,000, is completing a major bond program that includes park renovations, thoroughfare improvements, and a municipal complex; in southeastern Collin County, Royse City maintains a small-town atmosphere with close proximity to the large municipalities of the Metroplex; and . WHEREAS, Also contributing to the development of Collin County are citizens from Blue Ridge, Copeville, Josephine, Lavon Lowry Crossing, Lucas, Nevada, New Hope, St. Paul, Westminster, and Weston, along with parts of Dallas, Garland, and Richardson, and those communities play an important part in the county's flourishing, diversified economy and its commendable quality of life; and . WHEREAS, An excellent educational system is critical to the strength of any community, and Forbes magazine has lauded Collin County schools for their impressive performance; that media outlet has also dubbed Plano the safest city in America, and the rest of the county enjoys a similar reputation for safe streets, schools and neighborhoods, with McKinney and Murphy also recently recognized as standouts; and . WHEREAS, The citizens of this notable North Texas county are working to preserve the best of their past even as they look forward to a bright and promising future, and they are sure to figure prominently in the growth and prosperity of the Lone Star State in the years ahead; now, therefore, be it . RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby recognize March 7 and 8, 2011, as Collin County Days at the State Capitol and extend sincere best wishes to all the county residents who have traveled to Austin for this event.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Laubenberg.
REPRESENTATIVE JODIE LAUBENBERG: Madam Speaker and members. As you can see we are just growing and blowing up here in Collin County and I would like to recognize some of my Mayors who are doing a phenomenal job on balancing incredible growth with picking up with the city and the services and so I would like to recognize the Honorable Eric Hogue, Mayor of Wylie. The Honorable Jim Lewis, Mayor of Celina. The Honorable Brett Baldwin Mayor of Mercy. The Honorable Opie Walter, the Mayor of Saint Paul; and the Honorable Reed Greer, the Mayor of Melissa. In the gallery I have folks here from City of Anna, City of Celina, Murphy, Parker, my hometown, Eleanor, and Wylie and the Wylie school board and members. If y'all want to stand up, please. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Paxton.
REPRESENTATIVE KEN PAXTON: Thank you members, I think the parliamentarian told me that the resolution is longer than his thesis. I also have great people from my district. The Honorable Brian Loughmiller the McKinney mayor; the Honorable *Mayor Mata from Briscoe, the Honorable Steve Terrell who is also the mayor of Allen, the president of McKinney of Chamber of Commerce, Jodi Ann LaFerniere, Sharon Mayer President of the Allen area Chamber of Commerce Tony Felker, President of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Really happy to have you. Thank y'all for coming.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Madden.
REPRESENTATIVE JERRY MADDEN: Mr. Speaker and members, I also from Collin County, we are glad to have people from parts of my district and City of Richardson, E.A. Hoppe and Mark Solomon. From the Collin County Community College we have Colleen Smith, Brenda Kihl, Stacy Arias, Dr. Bob Collins, Mac Hendricks. Trustees Sam Roach and Larry Wainwright, Nancy Wurzman, and any of the others we have here and we have a special resolution coming for the President of our Collin County College. And also we have a Congressman Sam Johnson's office, Lori McMann. We have Mary Joe Dean from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital from Plano. We have various members of the Junior League. But members, let me have your attention for just a second. Because there is also in this chamber one of Collin County's longtime residents that, in fact, has guarded our southern flank for the last 25 years and one of the proudest things we have in Collin County is the fact that the picture on our southern wall that is our guard on the south is the great picture of Collin County's Farmersville resident, the magnificent Audie Murphy. Members that's part of our Collin County history here in Texas. We are very proud of that.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Taylor.
REP. VAN TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker and members, I want to recognize some of our esteemed guests from Collin County. We have three Collin County commissioners Max Shaheen, Dr. Webb, Cheryl Williams. We have two district court judges, Judge Becker, and Judge Oldner. We have the GOP Chairman for Collin County, the Honorable Fred Moses. We have several members from the Dallas -- the Plano city council, as well as Bruce Glasscock the city manager. And we have many trustees from the Plano Independent School Board. Without objection I move adoption.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none so ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Taylor.
REP. VAN TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker and members, I move we suspend all necessary rules and take up House Resolution 741 in honor of Cary Israel the President of Collin College.
THE SPEAKER: Members you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 741, by Taylor of Collin. WHEREAS, An admired community leader received well-deserved recognition when Dr. Cary A. Israel was named the 2009 Citizen of the Year by the Plano Chamber of Commerce; and . WHEREAS, Since 1999, Dr. Israel has been president of the. Collin County Community College District (Collin College), in which capacity he oversees the education of more than 46,000 students on seven campuses in North Texas; during his tenure, Collin College has frequently been recognized for the quality education it provides, with its faculty members winning many notable awards; Collin is home to three recipients of the U.S. Professor of the Year honor, which is more than any other community college in the nation; moreover, Dr. Israel is widely respected by his peers; he serves on the executive and legislative committees of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the SunGard Higher Education Executive Advisory Council, and the advisory council of the Center for Community College Education of Texas A&M University--Commerce; he further belongs to the advisory board of the University of North Texas Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and is a former president of Texas Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents; and . WHEREAS, In addition to his professional responsibilities Dr. Israel has found time to give back to his community in numerous ways; he is a member of the board of trustees of the Medical Center of Plano, the Texas Institute Advisory Board for Sustainable Technology Research, the Plano Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and the Plano Rotary Club; and . WHEREAS, Dr. Israel has been named a Mentor by the Collin County Children's Advocacy Center, and he is the recipient of the Service Award from the Collin County League of United Latin American Citizens; his honors also include two CEO of the Year Awards from the American Association of Community College Trustees the Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, the Plano Community Forum Award, and a Special Award of Merit from the Plano Chamber of Commerce, among many others; and . WHEREAS, This accomplished educator draws on a broad range of experience; after earning a bachelor's degree with highest honors from Michigan State University, he went on to attain his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; his long and successful career has included service as president of Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, the Illinois Community College System, and Front Range Community College in Colorado; and . WHEREAS, For more than a decade, Dr. Cary Israel has played a leading role in making Collin College one of the premier community college systems in the nation while also benefiting residents of the Plano area through his other endeavors, and it is indeed fitting that his many contributions have been recognized with this prestigious award; now, therefore, be it . RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Dr. Cary A. Israel on being named the 2009 Citizen of the Year by the Plano Chamber of Commerce and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success with his important work; and, be it further . RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Dr. Israel as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Taylor.
REP. VAN TAYLOR: Mr. Speaker and members, we are honored to have Dr. Cary Israel here today. I would like to recognize his hard work for the Collin Community College of Collin County, Dr. Cary Israel. As you have heard the Resolution Dr. Israel has done a terrific job building up Collin College and improving educational opportunities for Collin County. Move adoption.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. Resolution is adopted. Members, we are not done with Collin County Day yet. Chair recognizes Representative Pitts for a motion.
REP. JIM PITTS: Mr. Speaker and members, I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider H.R. No. 773 honoring our fellow member, Jerry Madden.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. 773. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 773, by Pitts. WHEREAS, The Honorable Jerry Madden, state representative of House District 67, has been selected by Governing magazine as a 2010 Public Official of the Year; and WHEREAS, This national accolade annually recognizes individuals who have had a notable positive impact on the people they serve and is considered the preeminent honor for state and local government officials; and WHEREAS, Representative Madden was chosen for the award along with Senator John Whitmire for their efforts to reform the Texas criminal justice system; after being appointed chair of the House Committee on Corrections in 2005, Representative Madden began to analyze related facts and statistics and to collaborate with Senator Whitmire to seek ways of preventing an increase in the prison population while also safeguarding the public and effectively rehabilitating offenders; and WHEREAS, Recognizing that it costs less to intervene early when dealing with offenders who have mental health or addiction problems, the two legislators crafted a plan in which more resources were directed to mental health and substance abuse programs already in existence in the community, with the result not only that the total prison population decreased, but also that recidivism declined substantially; and WHEREAS, Innovative and effective leadership is characteristic of this West Point-trained engineer, who was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1992 and is currently serving his 10th term in office; and WHEREAS, Through his forward-thinking approach to changing the way low-risk offenders were treated in the prison and probation systems, he eliminated the need to build more facilities and changed many lives for the better along the way, and his work has helped to make Texas a nationwide model for corrections reform; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Representative Jerry Madden on being named a 2010 Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Representative Madden as an expression of high regard by his colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Pitts.
REP. JIM PITTS: Mr. Speaker and members, it's an honor for me to be able to bring this resolution to my classmate. You know, we in Texas have known Jerry Madden as being a champion of prisoner reform and he has done so much for that issue and he -- we call on him all the time to look and help us in appropriations on this issue which is he has been invaluable help to us. And I want to -- this resolution by his collection by the governing magazine in 2010 Public Official of the Year. Members I move adoption.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Representative Raymond moves to add all Members' names to the adoption. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Madden.
REPRESENTATIVE JERRY MADDEN: Chair, would you yield to me for ten seconds. Members, first of all, all the stuff we've done in criminal justice around the country has made Texas and the things that we've done here in this body the example for every other state in the union for the things that we've done. I've been in the lucky position and somehow I have been blessed to do some of the leadership ideas on those things but let me say that this body and my friends here and my friends over in the Senate who help us, and particularly my friend, John, John Whitmire, that we could not have done this in the -- I'm extremely surprised by this recognition by Representative Pitts. And I want to thank all of you for all of your support and all your help that you've done over the years. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Hilderbran.
REP. HARVEY HILDERBRAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker, members. I move to suspend all necessary rules to bring up and consider House Resolution 762 which honors folks that are from Crockett County Day, Crockett County Day at the Capitol.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. 762. Clerk will read the Resolution. H.R. 762, by Hilderbran. WHEREAS, The House of Representatives of the State of Texas is pleased to join the residents of Crockett County in celebrating Crockett County Day at the Capitol; and WHEREAS, Located in the Edwards Plateau region of Southwest Texas, Crockett County is bounded on the west by the Pecos River and on the south by Val Verde County; the terrain consists of steep-walled canyons and flat mesas, with broad valleys and flat divides characterizing the northern portion of the county; and WHEREAS, The first Europeans to explore what is now Crockett County were the Spanish, who arrived in the area in 1590; in the 1600s, Indian tribes such as the Lipan Apaches and Tonkawas lived in the region but were later displaced by the Comanches; and . WHEREAS, Crockett County was created in 1875 and Named for Texas Revolution hero Davy Crockett; it was formed from Bexar County but remained attached to Kinney County for judicial purposes; the county was reduced to its present size in 1887 and was organized on July 7, 1891; Ozona was named the county seat; from its earliest settlement, the economy in the county was dependent on sheep and cattle ranching; and WHEREAS, In 1920, the county's population was 1,500; by that time, sheep far outnumbered all other livestock; in 1925, oil was discovered, and exploration in the 1930s and 1940s brought rewarding oil and gas production in several fields; mineral production brought a rise in population, and money eased the lives of ranchers; in the early 1990s, ranching remained a strong economic resource, supported by oil and gas, and today hunting leases and tourism contribute to the economy; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, that the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, 82nd legislature, hereby express appreciation to the people of Crockett County for their contributions to our state and extend best wishes to them as they celebrate Crockett County Day at the Capitol; and, be it further . RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be prepared for the residents of Crockett County.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Hilderbran.
REP. HARVEY HILDERBRAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to introduce some officials from Crockett county. And today we have with us the County Judge, Fred Deaton, Commissioner Eligio Martinez, Commissioner Randy Branch, Commissioner Pleas Childress and he's accompanied by his wife Sandra, and Commissioner Frank Tambunga. Please stand here in the west side behind the podium. Please stand and be recognized and help me recognize the Crockett County, county officials. Members today, Crockett County is visiting the capitol and spending a lot of time over in the Senate side too. Came over to spend a little time on the House side. These are a great group of officials and a great county that I represent in the western part of my district, named after Davy Crockett. And just for a little typo, that oil discovery and exploration was in 1930's and '40's and not the 1830's and '40's. But with that I move adoption Mr. -- Madam Speaker.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Raymond.
REP. RICHARD RAYMOND: Thank you, madam Speaker. Madam Speaker and members, we have previously adopted H.R. 208 but with the speaker's permission I would ask that the resolution be read in full.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Clerk will read H.R. 208.
CLERK: H.R. 208, by Raymond. WHEREAS, Ana Rodriguez was crowned Miss Texas USA 2011 at a pageant held in Houston on September 5, 2010; and WHEREAS, A Laredo native, Ms. Rodriguez graduated from United High School and earned her bachelor's degree at Concordia University Texas, where she majored in communication and played on the Tornados volleyball team; in 2009 she was named the university's Communication Student of the Year; and WHEREAS, This lovely and accomplished young woman has experienced great success in pageant competitions and has held many titles; she won her current crown while competing as Miss Central Laredo, and she represented the Laredo area in previous pageants as Miss Laredo 2006, Miss Webb County 2007, and Miss Port Laredo 2008; as Miss Central Texas 2009, she was first runner-up in the Miss Texas USA 2010 pageant; and WHEREAS, Ms. Rodriguez brings great enthusiasm and commitment to working with young children, and she is interested in using her platform as Miss Texas USA to help those in need obtain the care and resources that will provide them with a better start in life; and WHEREAS, Possessed of exceptional poise and determination Ana Rodriguez has gained the admiration of countless people in every sphere of her life, and she will serve as an excellent ambassador for the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Ana Rodriguez on her selection as Miss Texas USA 2011 and extend to her best wishes for continued success in all her endeavors; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Ms. Rodriguez as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Raymond.
REP. RICHARD RAYMOND: Thank you, Madam Speaker and members. I hope you will take time to come up here and congratulate Ms. Rodriguez for being crowned Ms. Texas 2011. Ana Rodriguez is mentioned as one of my constituents and is from Loredo and as a Loredo native she graduated from United High School and received her bachelor's from Concordia University, she has experienced great success members in pageant competitions and has held many titles. As mentioned Miss Central Loredo, Miss Loredo 2006, Miss Webb County 2007, Miss Port Loredo 2008, Miss Central Loredo -- Miss Central Texas rather, 2009. Miss Rodriguez is interested in working with children. And using her platform as Miss Texas U.S.A. to help those in need attain the care and resources that will provide them with a better start in life. I think she will do a lot of great work, members, representing the State of Texas after this session I think she will have more work to do. And so I ask that you come up here congratulate her. And thank you all for adopting H.R. 208. Thank you, Madam Speaker. You already adopted it.
THE SPEAKER: Mr. Hilderbran, I think, wants to move that we add all members' names to the Resolution. Representative Hilderbran offers to add all members' names. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Miller.
REP. DOUG MILLER: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I move to suspend all the rules and take up and consider House Resolution 573.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. 573. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 573, by Miller of Comal. Honoring youth leadership in New Braunfels for its promotion of civic leadership and volunteerism.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Miller.
REP. DOUG MILLER: Thank you, Madam Speaker members. We have with us today a group of young people and community leaders from New Braunfels and from my own Guadalupe County and that are work with and through the greater New Braunfels for the Chamber of Commerce and its leadership program. For a number of years now of the leadership program has existed through the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and many, many members of the communities. And leaders today have gone through this program just as today's class of leadership New Braunfels. They are here today in support of youth leadership. These young people who are in the 10th and 11th grades at New Braunfels's Canyon High School and New Braunfels's Christian Academy have maintained at least a minimum of a B average and there are some 31 students that are here today. A total of 386 students have graduated through the years. I would like to recognize some of the people. First person I would like to recognize is the coordinator and that is Rita Kaufmann. Rita has for many, many years has taken on this program and shepherded them through. Some of the previous members of the leadership in New Braunfels who are alumni now and facilitating this visit are Allison Humphries, Jo Beth *Ostrite, Kelly Stallings, Gretchen Reuwer and Greg Lutz. And also from leadership New Braunfels class and class of '11, *Irma Adams, Coby Basey, Chris Flakenship, Sheryl Bock, Steve Brown, Katy Bucannon, Jona Evanderm, John Green and Tyler Hoffman, and Colby White. And let me just read in to the some of the kids that are here. *Dayton Doss, Emily Rosanna, Morgan Hanes, Kasey Wrights, Destiny Soto, Christin Beam, Jessica Braun, Dana Cole, Amanda Corpus, Hal Duncan, Dekota Estes, Macy Fisher, Sydney Gullic, Haily Grave, Nicole Harrison, Troy Hunt, Morgan Lam, whose mother used to -- whose grandmother used to serve in this House of Representatives some of you may remember Representative Carter Castillo -- Alissa Lee, Jerrod Lell, Katherine Linly, Chelsea Martin, Alisson Mesallic, Chase Munez, and Merody Herefender, Lilian Scholtz, Hana Depree, and Sarah Norman. I think I covered them all. They're in the southeast corner of the gallery. Folks I wish you would help me in recognizing and welcoming them to their Texas state capitol. Leadership New Braunfels and Youth Leadership New Braunfels. With that members I would move adoption.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Fletcher.
REP. ALLEN FLETCHER: Thank you, Madam Speaker and members. I want to acknowledge a young man up in the gallery. Could I get Bill Elkins to stand up? Bill joined the Houston Police Department in 1954. Chairman Miller here was born in '55. So could somebody help Bill stand up? Bill is 78 years old today. I know all of the House members have seen Bill come by their office for all the law enforcement issues. He's a true advocate for the peace officers in Texas, and we want to honor Bill today. Bill, congratulations on your 78th birthday.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Morrison.
REPRESENTATIVE GEANIE MORRISON: Thank you, Madam Speaker and members. I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider House Resolution 679.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So moved. Chair lays out H.R. 679. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 679, by Morrison. WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Victoria are gathering in Austin on March 8, 2011, to celebrate Victoria Day at the State Capitol; and WHEREAS, Founded in 1824 by Martin de Leon, the city was named Guadalupe Victoria after the first president of Mexico; it was renamed Victoria after the Texas Revolution and incorporated under the Republic of Texas in 1839; and . WHEREAS, Later that century, Victoria became a major junction on the routes between San Antonio, Austin, northern Mexico, and the ports of the Gulf Coast, and at the same time developed into a center for ranching; one of the first meat-packing plants was established there in 1869; and WHEREAS, Today agribusiness, the petrochemical industry, and tourism all contribute to the city's prosperity; in addition Victoria is an educational and cultural hub for the Coastal Bend; students benefit from the outstanding teachers and scholars of Victoria College and the University of Houston--Victoria, while patrons delight in the annual seasons of the Victoria Ballet Theatre, the Victoria Symphony, and Theatre Victoria, as well as the exhibitions of contemporary art at the Nave Museum; and WHEREAS, Victoria's rich history is evoked in artifacts showcased at the Museum of the Coastal Bend and by the Romanesque Revival architecture of the Victoria County Courthouse and the O'Connor-Proctor Building; moreover, De Leon Plaza, one of four public squares set aside by the city's founder, is filled with monuments and memorials; other popular attractions include the Texas Zoo, featuring more than 150 native animals, Riverside Park with more than 560 acres of woodland, and Fossati's Delicatessen the oldest deli in Texas; and WHEREAS, Combining the best qualities of small-town life with all the advantages of a thriving mid-size city, Victoria is one of the treasures of the Lone Star State, and its appealing mix of history and culture make it an excellent place to live, work, and raise a family; now, therefore, be it . RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby recognize March 8, 2011, as Victoria Day at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation sincere best wishes for a meaningful and memorable visit to Austin.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Morrison.
REPRESENTATIVE GEANIE MORRISON: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I move passage.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So moved. Chair recognizes Representative Morrison.
REPRESENTATIVE GEANIE MORRISON: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Today is Victoria Day at the Capitol. On the dais we have several distinguished members. We have our Mayor Will Armstrong, we have our County Judge Don Pozzi, our chamber President Randy Vivian, our chamber chair Nancy Garner, and our the chamber's legislative Committee's Chair, Ramsey Longebotham. And we have a very special person on the dais our chamber citizen of the year *Robbie Berge. We have a great group of people that came up here on the bus and in individual cars that are up here in the gallery and I would like for you to know that they are going to come by and visit with you in your offices today. And we have a reception this evening at the Austin Club at 5:30 that you are all invited to. And I promise Larry Cole we'd have shrimp. So Mr. Speaker and members, please help me and welcome this fine group the people of Victoria, Texas to their state capitol. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Representative Laubenberg. Chair recognizes Representative Laubenberg.
REPRESENTATIVE LAUBENBERG: Madam speaker, I'd like to suspend the rules and take up House Resolution 138.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. 138. Clerk will read the motion.
CLERK: H.R. 138 by Laubenberg. WHEREAS, Tim Looper has consistently had outstanding success with the Celina Pee Wee Football sixth-grade boys team, introducing area youth to the fun, dedication, and camaraderie of organized athletics; and WHEREAS, Mr. Looper first learned the sport in his native Pilot Point, where he played for the local high school; he began coaching youth football in The Colony in 1987, and while there, his teams won 94 games while losing only 5, grabbing 8 league Super Bowl titles along the way; in 1996, he started coaching in Celina, where his accomplishments have been even more impressive; and WHEREAS, Over the course of 150 games, Mr. Looper's Celina teams have won a remarkable 146 times, suffering just 3 losses and 1 tie; they have also won 12 league Super Bowl titles, including 10 championships in a row; athletes who were taught gridiron fundamentals on his teams have gone on to further success, and his former players have participated in seven Texas state high school championship games; and WHEREAS, Working on a voluntary basis, Mr. Looper not only teaches winning football to his charges but encourages them to excel in all aspects of life; he expects exemplary conduct when the team travels, and he leads the boys in prayer before and after every game; through the years, he has directly influenced the lives of more than 1,000 young men, instilling in them a belief that a strong work ethic will lead to positive results; and WHEREAS, Through his determined efforts, Coach Looper has furthered the proud tradition of football excellence and participation that has long been a hallmark of the Lone Star State and he has helped numerous young Texans to develop the character and commitment they need to become productive citizens; now, therefore be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby honor Tim Looper for his fine work with the Celina Pee Wee Football sixth-grade boys team and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mr. Looper as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Laubenberg.
REPRESENTATIVE LAUBENBERG: Thank you, Madam Speaker will Tim and your wife and Chief Williams please stand up. I want to say that this is significant because this resolution was brought to me, members, by the chief of police for Celina. And you have got to understand that Mr. Looper not only gives his time as a volunteer but influences a lot of kids in the community. And if you also will recall, may be, may be not, that Celina is one of the winningest football teams in the State Texas. So a lot of our field players probably comes from Times guidance and coaching. Thank you for what you've done. For being here in the Texas Capitol. Thank you. I move passage.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So moved. Representative Pena moves all members names be added to the Resolution. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Pena.
REPRESENTATIVE AARON PENA: H.R. 770,771. Good morning, members. Today I have the distinct honor with my colleague Representative Gonzalez to recognize the Vision Academy of Excellence from Edinburg and the City of Edinburg on Edinburg Day.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out the following resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 771 by Pena. WHEREAS, Proud residents of Edinburg are gathering in Austin on March 8, 2011, to celebrate Edinburg Day at the State Capitol; and WHEREAS, A vibrant, growing community, Edinburg has approximately 77,000 residents, making it the third-largest city in the Rio Grande Valley; it is the county seat of Hidalgo County and serves as an important educational and commercial center for the booming Texas-Mexico border region; and WHEREAS, Founded on October 10, 1908, the town was known as Chapin until 1911, when it adopted the name Edinburg; ranching formed the basis of its economy until the arrival of the railroad in 1909 and irrigation in 1915, changes that spurred a transition to farming and agricultural processing and marketing; the city incorporated on September 19, 1919; and WHEREAS, Edinburg is a forward-looking, pro-business community that is committed to job creation and sustainable economic growth; it is a three-time winner of the All-America City Award, which is given by the National Civic League to recognize communities that have come up with innovative strategies to meet their challenges; and WHEREAS, The educational needs of more than 33,000 area students are capably met by the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, which celebrated its centennial in 2009; the district comprises 30 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools, a dropout recovery school called the Vision Academy of Excellence, and an alternative campus; and WHEREAS, The University of Texas-Pan American, which was founded in 1927 as Edinburg Junior College, remains one of the Valley's premier institutions of higher learning; its seven colleges offer approximately 120 degree programs: 57 master's, 56 bachelor's, 3 doctoral, and 2 collaborative doctoral degrees; in the past decade, graduation rates for undergraduates have doubled; and WHEREAS, The Regional Academic Health Center includes The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio research campus in Edinburg, an educational campus in Harlingen, and a public health campus in Brownsville; and WHEREAS, Edinburg has established a first-class network of public and private health assets that form the Edinburg Medical Corridor; this health industry sector, which includes major hospital systems, employs thousands of medical professionals and features the latest medical technology; and WHEREAS, The vibrant history of the region is preserved by the Museum of South Texas History; the museum's recent expansion includes the installation of the world-class Rio Grande Legacy exhibit, tracing the history of the Valley from prehistoric times to the 20th century, and the construction of the Will Looney Legacy Park; and WHEREAS, Edinburg's dynamic business climate led to record sales tax figures in 2010 and attracted major employers, such as the Santana Textiles denim manufacturing plant and the Rio Grande Valley Produce park, both under construction; and WHEREAS, Often called the gateway to the Rio Grande Valley Edinburg is under the leadership of Mayor Richard H. Garcia, Mayor Pro Tem Agustin "Gus" Garcia, and city council members Noe Garza Gene Espinoza, and Alma Garza; it is a dynamic city with a bright future, and its hardworking citizens can take justifiable pride in their accomplishments; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby recognize March 8, 2011, as Edinburg Day at the State Capitol and extend sincere best wishes to all those in attendance for an enjoyable visit to Austin. H.R. 770 by Pena. Honoring the Vision Academy of Excellence.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Pena.
REPRESENTATIVE AARON PENA: I move adoption on both of these resolutions.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. The Resolutions are adopted. Chair recognizes Representative Pena.
REPRESENTATIVE AARON PENA: Good morning, members. I'm here to proudly recognize my home community along with Representative Gonzalez, the City of Edinburg. There is a place in Texas where the flowers bloom year around. Where the wild olives give off their fragrance. Where the trees are always green. Where the palm trees are always standing tall and proud. The history of our region is literally older than the State of Texas itself. You have both Mexico and the United States fight over this region and there was war that was settled in our valley has been now brought in to this wonderful state. Edinburg is a pro-business community that is committed to job creation and sustained economic growth with an excellent quality of life, educational facility and strong civic pride. It's been recognized as an all American city three times by the National Civic League. Placing it among a handful of outstanding communities of the nation. I love to hear our Mayor boast about one of the lowest unemployment rates in the State and we have reports that in December 2010 sales tax collection figures were the highest on record. Mayor I want to congratulate you and the city for the lowest unemployment rates in the valley, of all cities and for the creation of the 2700 new jobs this year. We have also with us the President of The University of Texas Pan American and members from the chamber of commerce as well as our leadership class who have visited us here today. As well we have members from the Vision Academy of Excellence, Janie Fong, Nelda Garza. And let me also recognize our Mayor, Mayor Garcia, Richard Garcia, Alma Garza, our city council member, Johnny Rodriguez, the Chamber of Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Robert Nelson the President of the UTA. And to all of the members from Edinburg, please stand so that your Texas Legislature can welcome you to the Texas House. Nelda Garza, I missed your welcome to the House. With that I'm going to yield to my colleague who shares the presentation for the City of Edinburg Veronica Gonzalez.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Gonzalez.
REP. GONZALES: Members, as you've heard Edinburg is a great place to visit and a great place to live. I know many of you have taken the time to go down on the valley tour and go on the trips that we had in the Rio Grande Valley. And I think that you have been very impressed by what you have seen over -- especially at The University of Texas Pan American which is educating about 22,000 students right now. Graduating many with science and technology degrees, engineering degrees. And we want to continue that growth in our state. And we want to continue that educated work force that has made our valley such a great place to live. So Mayor, city councilmen, everybody from Edinburg Economic development, and everyone from Edinburg please welcome to your capitol. Please help me in welcoming them to your Capitol.
THE SPEAKER: Representative Gonzalez moves to add all members names. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Giddings for an announcement.
REP. HELEN GIDDINGS: Thank you, madam speaker. The Texas Coalition for the Quality Art Education this is their day at the capitol and on the performance schedule today at 3:20 is the Longhorn Steal Band Rusty Wells ands Peter Ward are the directors and this is the Cedar Hill High School from Cedar Hill Independent School District and the district that I enjoy representing. So, please, go and listen to the Longhorn Steal Band from Cedar Hill at 3:20.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Workman.
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: Madam Speaker, members, I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider House Resolution 699, congratulating John Pearce on receiving a Silver Beaver Award from the Capital Area Counsel of Boy Scouts of America.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. 699. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 699 by Workman. WHEREAS, John G. Pearce was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America on February 18 2011; and WHEREAS, This distinguished service award pays tribute to individuals who have made a positive difference in the lives of Texas youth through their dedicated work in behalf of the Council; and . WHEREAS, A truly deserving recipient, Mr. Pearce has shared his time and talents with the organization through his service as treasurer, chair of the accounting committee, and member of the executive board and of the compensation and investment committees; and WHEREAS, Mr. Pearce has been active in scouting since childhood; through the years, he earned the Arrow of Light Award and the Brotherhood Honor, and he was elected into the Order of the Arrow; at the age of 15, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout; and WHEREAS, This law school graduate has established his own CPA business and is currently associated with the Fowler Law Firm; he has served his community as president of the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis and as a member of the Rotary Club of Austin; and WHEREAS, Many young people have benefited from the leadership, commitment, and enthusiasm of John Pearce, and it is a pleasure to join in acknowledging his exceptional contributions to the Boy Scouts of America; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby congratulate John G. Pearce on his receipt of the Silver Beaver Award from the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mr. Pearce as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Workman.
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: Madam Speaker, I move adoption.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So moved. Chair recognizes Representative Workman.
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Members, John Pearce is a friend and constituent, he's a fellow Rotarian of mine and he's been serving in the boy scout as adult for some 27 years. Achieving this particular honor which is one of the highest honors awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. John is with us in the gallery. And John would you please stand and help me recognize John Pearce and his recognition as a silver beaver. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Representative Price moves to add all Members' names. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Munoz.
REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ: Madam Speaker and members, I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up and consider H.C.R. 56. Recognizing April 9th as welcome home south Texas Vietnam Veteran's Day and to honor these distinguished veterans here at the State Capitol.
THE SPEAKER: Members you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. -- excuse me, H.C.R. 56. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.C.R. 56 by Munoz. WHEREAS, Proud South Texas veterans of the Vietnam War are being officially welcomed home at the
LZ: RGV event at the McAllen Convention Center on April 9, 2011; and WHEREAS, Short for "Landing Zone: Rio Grande Valley," the event honors the service and sacrifice of the South Texans who were among the 2.59 million Americans who served in Vietnam; during that conflict, more than 58,000 Americans died, including 3,400 from Texas, and over 300,000 were wounded, including 75,000 who were severely disabled; approximately 2,000 Americans are still listed as missing, and hundreds spent time as prisoners of war; and WHEREAS, These brave men and women served with honor and distinction at a time when the nation was divided in its support of the war; returning home, they were caught in the crossfire of debate and protest and never received the recognition that they deserved; and WHEREAS, In order to rectify that omission, a coalition of groups in South Texas has come together to organize, promote, and host a long overdue tribute for the region's veterans; sponsors include Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Veterans Alliance, the cities of McAllen and Edinburg, The Monitor and the Rio Grande Guardian Total Imaging Solutions, and Entravision Communications; and WHEREAS, The LZ:RGV event will include a dedication ceremony for the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, lectures, a keynote address, and a concert; visitors may also learn about the war and its veterans from information booths, a portrait gallery, exhibits and documentaries; and WHEREAS, Citizens of this state and nation owe our brave Vietnam veterans an eternal debt of gratitude, and the LZ:RGV event in McAllen will celebrate those South Texans who served and came home and will pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate April 9, 2011, as LZ:RGV Welcome Home South Texas Vietnam Veterans Day and extend to the event's organizers supporters, and participants sincere best wishes for a meaningful and memorable day.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Munoz. REP. SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.,: I move adoption.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Are there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative Munoz. REP. SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.,: Madam speaker and members, on behalf of the entire Rio Grande delegation, I'd like to thank and if you can please help me welcome five very special leaders of the Rio Grande Valley's Veteran's Organization who are up here on the dais. We have Mr. Don White from American's Legion Post 390, we have Rita Solice from American's Legion Post 390, George Solice, Americans Legion Post 15 Commander, We have Mr. Ruben Cantu, American Legion Post 408, and Mr. Mike Carrerra who's the organizer for the LZ:RGV event as well as Edinburg Mayor, Richard Garcia who was just here. All these people have put a lot of time and effort into organizing this great event on April the 9th. So if you could help me in enjoying them and welcoming them to our state capitol. And we know this is a long over due tribute. An opportunity to honor our veterans at a special event this spring. So, I just want to say thank you and God bless to all of our veterans. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Representative Lozano moves to add all Members' names. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative McClendon.
REP. MCCLENDON: Thank you madam speaker and members, I move to suspend all necessary rules to take up House Resolution No. 604.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair lays out H.R. 604. Clerk will read the Resolution.
CLERK: H.R. 604 by McClendon recognizing March 8th, 2011 as University of Texas in San Antonio Day at the State capitol and commending the UTSA Alumni Association for its support.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative McClendon.
REP. MCCLENDON: Thank you, Madam Speaker. The Resolution honors The University of Texas of San Antonio and the UTSA Alumni Association which was founded by the Texas Legislature in 1969. UTSA serves as a national research university which an enrollment of more than 30,000 students and a 135 degree programs. We had the President here and the members of the alumni association including the President of that association here but they had to leave to go to another engagement but please help me recognize them and I move adoption of the Resolution.
THE SPEAKER: Chair announces the signing of the following in the House.
CLERK: H.C.R. 23.
THE SPEAKER: Members if you have any announcements would you please bring them down to the front, thank you. Chair recognizes Representative McClendon for an announcement.
REP. MCCLENDON: Thank you Madam Speaker and members, I move to set a house congratulatory and memorial calendar for this Thursday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m.
THE SPEAKER: Members, you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Chair recognizes Representative McClendon for an announcement.
REP. MCCLENDON: Thank you members. Members of the Rule ands Resolutions Committee we are going to meet immediately upon adjournment during the reading and referrals of bills. In room 1W14 and that's the AG museum, immediately upon the reading and referral of bills so when you hear the gavel, start walking. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Taylor for a motion. Thank you, Madam Chair. I move to request Grant Committee's permission to meet pursuant to Rule 4, Section 9, House rules are requested for all house subdivisions are permission to meet today while the House is in session during the reading and referral of bills pursuant to their committee postings. The purpose of the meeting is the House committees and subcommittees are scheduled to meet upon final recess today so we continued to or scheduled to meet during the bill referral today. So moved. Members you've heard the motion. Is there any objection? Chair hears none. So ordered. Following announcements. The Clerk will read the announcement.
CLERK: The Committee on Appropriations, subcommittee Articles 6, 7 and 8. Will meet at 2:00 p.m. on March 8th, 2011 at JHR100 this will be a formal meeting to consider a house budget recommendations. The Committee on Appropriations, subcommittee on Article 2, will meet at 3:00 p.m. on March 8th, 2011 at E1.030. This will be a formal meeting to consider house budget recommendation. The Committee on County Affairs will meet upon adjournment today March 8, 2011 at E1.010. This will be a public hearing. The Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will meet at 1:30 p.m. today March 8, 2011 at JHR120. This will be a public hearing to consider posted business.
THE SPEAKER: Chair recognizes Representative Pitts.
REP. JIM PITTS: Madam speaker, members, I want to keep the membership apprized and items to the appropriations and just a little bit ago I filed House Bill 4 which is the supplemental bill. And in that supplemental bill it will reflect the cut that we are making for the agency's budget for this current biennium. I invite you to look at that bill, House Bill 4 and if you have any questions come to the Appropriations Committee or any member of the committee to ask those questions. Thank you.
THE SPEAKER: Members are there any other announcements? If not, Representative Miller moves that the House stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow pending and referral of bills and resolution. And in memory of Howard Vincent Reid of Austin. The following bills on first reading and referral.
CLERK: H.B. 4 by Pitts. H.B. 8 by Darby. H.B. 259 by Eiland. H.B. 1861 by Anchia. H.B. 1912 by Bonnen. H.B. 1928 by Zedler. H.B. 1950 by Taylor of Galveston. H.B. 1951 by Taylor of Galveston. H.B. 1982 by Callegari. H.B. 1999 by Garza. H.B. 2006 by Bonnen. H.B. 2010 by Smithee. H.B. 2021 by Pitts. H.B. 2038 by Price. H.B. 2046 by Hartnett. H.B. 2047 by Lewis. H.B. 2048 by Lyne. H.B. 2049 by Lavender. H.B. 2050 by Pena. H.B. 2051 by Pena. H.B. 2052 by Pena. H.B. 2053 by Pena. H.B. 2054 by Pena. H.B. 2055 by Pena. H.B. 2056 by Pena. H.B. 2057 by Pena. H.B. 2058 by Pena. H.B. 2059 by Pena. H.B. 2060 by Pena. H.B. 2061 by Johnson. H.B. 2062 by Vo. H.B. 2063 by Vo. H.B. 2064 by Allen. H.B. 2065 by Allen. H.B. 2066 by Zerwas. H.B. 2067 by Callegari. H.B. 2068 by Naishatat. H.B. 2069 by Naishtat. H.B. 2070 by Christian. H.B. 2071 by Martinez. H.B. 2072 by Martinez. H.B. 2073 by Martinez. H.B. 2075 by Martinez. H.B. 2076 by Rodriguez. H.B. 2077 by Rodriguez. H.B. 2078 by Villarreal. H.B. 2079 by Christian. H.B. 2080 by King of Zavala. H.B. 2081 by Lozano. H.B. 2082 by Lozano. H.B. 2083 by Lozano. H.B. 2084 by Kolkhorst. H.B. 2085 by Shelton. H.B. 2086 by Bohac. H.B. 2087 by Craddick. H.B. 2088 by Smithee. H.B. 2089 by Smithee. H.B. 2090 by Marquez. H.B. 2091 by Craddick. H.B. 2092 by King of Taylor. H.B. 2093 by Thompson. H.B. 2094 by Thompson. H.B. 2095 by Thompson. H.B. 2096 by Thompson. H.B. 2097 by Guillen. H.B. 2098 by John Davis Harris. H.B. 2099 by Truitt. H.B. 2100 by Lewis. H.B. 2101 by Hernandez Luna. H.B. 2102 by Hernandez Luna. H.B. 2103 by Jackson. H.B. 2104 by Jackson. H.B. 2105 by Davis of Dallas. H.B. 2106 by Davis of Dallas. H.B. 2107 by Anchia. H.B. 2108 by Paxton. H.B. 2110 by Kolkhorst. H.B. 2111 by Woolley. H.B. 2112 by Price. H.B. 2113 by Price. H.B. 2114 by Coleman. H.B. 2115 by Coleman. H.B. 2116 by Coleman. H.B. 2117 by Coleman. H.B. 2118 by Coleman. H.B. 2119 by Madden. H.B. 2120 by Miller. H.B. 2121 by Lozano. H.B. 2122 by Lozano. H.B. 2123 by Lozano. H.B. 2124 by Workman. H.B. 2125 by Parker. H.B. 2126 by Parker. H.B. 2127 by Geren. H.B. 2128 by Geren. H.B. 2129 by Fletcher. H.B. 2130 by Fletcher. H.B. 2131 one by Geren. H.B. 2132 by Reynolds. H.B. 2133 by Solomon. H.B. 2134 by Solomons. H.B. 2135 by Hochberg. H.B. 2137 by Guillen. H.B. 2138 by Guillen. H.B. 2139 by Guillen. H.B. 2140 by Guillen. H.B. 2141 by Guillen. H.B. 2142 by Callegari. H.B. 2143 by Turner. H.B. 2144 by Garza. H.B. 2145 by Garza. H.B. 2146 by Gonzalez. H.B. 2147 by Eiland. H.B. 2148 by Eiland. H.B. 2149 by Eiland. H.B. 2150 by Eiland. H.B. 2151 by Eiland. H.B. 2152 by Eiland.