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New Committee Assignments  |  Upcoming Legislative Briefing on Smart Justice Solutions
TCJC’s NEW Public Policy Center Website  |  Important Budget Hearings 

February Will Be A Busy Month At The Capitol!


Hello,

Texas is a few weeks into the 2015 Legislative Session, and my Policy Team and I are going full speed!  

This month we’ll continue to prepare for upcoming committee hearings, including a critical budget hearing on February 23rd.  We’re also co-hosting a legislative briefing with our friends at the Texas Public Policy Foundation on the 16th – we’d love to see you there!

I’ll keep this short and thank you for joining us in our efforts.  Your support and input are incredibly appreciated as we fight for thriving, healthy Texas communities without violence.

Your friend in justice,
Ana 

New Committee Assignments


Today, Texas' Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, named each of the members of the House committees for the 2015 Legislative Session.

•    Click here for Speaker Straus’ press release.
•    Click here for the list of committee appointments, by committee.
•    Click here for the list of committee appointments, by member.

And click here if you missed the announcement last month from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick with Senate Committee assignments.

Upcoming Legislative Briefing at the Capitol to Discuss Smart Justice Solutions


TCJC is co-hosting a Legislative Briefing with the Texas Public Policy Foundation in mid-February.  Mark it on your calendar!

Event: Criminal and Juvenile Justice 101: Understanding the Issues and Advancing Smart Justice Solutions

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: House Members’ Lounge in the Texas Capitol, Room E2.1002
 
Light snacks will be provided.
 
Click here for the flyer.

All members and staff are welcome!

Key Resources for Texas' Legislative Session: TCJC's NEW Public Policy Website




Texas’ 84th Legislative Session is well underway!  Visit TCJC’s new Public Policy Center for information on filed bills, fact sheets, budget hearings, and more.  We will be updating this site daily.

Important Budget Hearings on Criminal Justice, Parole, Juvenile Justice, County Jails, and Defense


The Senate Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on Monday, February 23rd, to discuss the budgets of various state agencies, including: 

•    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice
•    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
•    The Texas Juvenile Justice Department
•   The Texas Commission on Jail Standards

COMMITTEE:  Senate Finance
TIME & DATE:  11:00 AM, Monday, February 23, 2015  
PLACE:  E1.036 (Finance Room)
CHAIR:  Senator Jane Nelson  

Click here for the full hearing agenda.

If you can't make it to Austin in person, click here to stream a live video of the hearing. 

Stay tuned for our testimony on these agencies.  We will post them to our Public Policy Center in coming days.

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On February 2nd, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing to discuss the budgets of various state agencies, including the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.

Click here for TCJC’s testimony, where Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa argues that the State should help counties cover the growing cost of indigent defense.
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