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Why I Support "Safe Driver Bill" HB 3206 as Revised

By way of background, I have been a licensed attorney for almost 23 years. Of those 23 years, I spent nine years as a state prosecutor and over 2 years as a federal prosecutor. As a federal prosecutor, I prosecuted the entire gambit of border immigration cases including misdemeanor violations of border entries (8 U.S.C. § 1325), felony re-entry of a removed aliens (8 U.S.C. § 1326), and felony alien smuggling cases (8 U.S.C. § 1324).   Read more »

at Apr 28, 2013 6:46 PM

Don't Let Misclassification Crackdown Die Behind Closed Doors

The Texas Legislature is designed to kill legislation, not to pass it. There are countless ways in which legislation can die. Put simply: That's usually a good thing. The vast majority of the time, the government should get out of the way and let the private sector do its thing. After all, less legislation usually equals less government and less government always equals more freedom.

The flip side of that, though, is that there are times when the machine of Austin politics can kill very good legislation. Our readers know that one thing that has got to stop in Texas is the intentional misclassification of workers, sometimes called payroll fraud. It's a huge problem in the construction industry, and there are some companies that would love to go right on cheating taxpayers by avoiding payroll taxes and using the gray areas of the law to hire illegal immigrants.   Read more »

at Apr 28, 2013 8:53 AM

Texas Legislature 2013 - House State Affairs Committee Passes Bill to Issue Driver's Permit to Undocumented Immigrants

Driver's Permit for Illegal Immigrants one step closer in TexasUnder the outstanding leadership of State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and with help from Texas State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), Texas roadways are one step closer to being made safer as the committee voted a committee substitute version of the "Safe Driver Bill", HB 3206 out of committee. With the cooperation of the bill's author, Rep. Roberto Alonzo (D-Dallas), Sen. Williams and

at Apr 26, 2013 5:07 PM

Texas Legislature 2013 - Reduce Unlicensed & Uninsured Drivers on Texas Roads

Are you legal to drive in Texas?  Wish everyone was?The 2011 Texas Legislature passed a new law to prohibit the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from issuing a Texas Driver's License to anyone who could not prove they were a citizen or legal U.S. resident. There were many good reasons for that I will address later, but there was one HUGE unintended consequence. The passage of this law created more lawlessness on Texas highways

at Apr 24, 2013 7:09 PM

Texas Legislature 2013 - Republican Shows Leadership on Predatory Payday Lending Practices in Texas

Why does Texas allow predatory payday lending without limitsWhy is it that when a conservative Republican stands on the floor of the Texas Senate and stands up for the working poor, the senator who shouts him down is a Democrat who is supposedly all about helping poor people? Could it possibly be the big donations flowing in from payday lenders who operate like the mafia? Read this and you may ask yourself the same question. 

UPDATE:  A Google News search on payday loans shows similar legislation is stalling in other states as well.  Don't let these high powered lobbies buy off the Texas Senate.

Just last week, Senator John Carona, R-Dallas, took to the Senate floor to try to bring up for a vote his payday lending reform bill (SB 1247 - link shows committee votes). The Senate didn’t even debate his bill, they only debated whether to debate it and Carona was shot down.

at Apr 21, 2013 6:17 PM

Education Without CSCOPE or Standardized Tests

The proper character required for the preservation and enjoyment of liberty can be achieved through the proper education. Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance states, “[r]eligion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This goal cannot be achieved if we consider education nothing more than what can be

at Apr 18, 2013 5:00 PM

2013 Texas Legislative Session - Want to Stop the Magnet? Demand a Vote on House and Senate Worker Misclassification Bill

Red Tailed Hawk Perched on Lady Liberty atop Texas Capitol in AustinTexas Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) has been working hard for several years trying to get the State of Texas to enforce the existing laws on employee misclassification and add some teeth to the current laws by increasing the penalties for misclassifying workers as independent contractors when they are truly employees. Misclassification is also one of the biggest ways unethical employers skirt employment law and give jobs to illegal immigrants who work as day laborers.

Last week, I reported on a hearing held in the Texas Senate on Sen. Carona's bill, SB 676. While no one spoke in opposition to the bill, and commercial

at Apr 18, 2013 11:52 AM

House Committee to Hear Misclassification Bill and We Need Your Help

stop employee misclassificationJust last week, our own Bob Price wrote about how our readers can make a difference when it comes to the fight against misclassification in Texas. Bob urged you to reach out to the state senators who are considering a bill by Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, that would impose penalties on companies found to be cheating on their taxes by misclassifying their workers.

Coming up this Wednesday, on the House side, a committee is

at Apr 15, 2013 11:18 AM

2013 Texas Legislature - Moving Forward on Fighting Employee Misclassification

Texas Legislature Moving Forward on Misclassification by Bob PriceFor several years, TexasGOPVote and ConstructionCitizen.com have been sounding the alarm about issues related to employee misclassification and why this is a problem for Texas taxpayers and businesses. The 2011 Legislative Session was unable to pass any meaningful changes to the law to help correct the problems caused by misclassification. It now appears that a coalition of business associations and concerned legislators may well move the issue forward during the 2013 session.

Testimony was heard in the Texas Senate on SB 676 filed by Senator John Carona (R-Dallas). The committee heard testimony from business owners, trade association and labor groups, all of whom

at Apr 12, 2013 2:07 PM

ACTION ALERT: To the residents of San Angelo and Big Spring Regarding Texas Transportation Funding

As we covered earlier, the dire state of Texas' transportation funding is quickly developing into a situation that certain Republican elected officials will exploit as an excuse to raise taxes and fees, raid the Rainy Day Fund, and make similar non-conservative policy decisions. What's happening here is no different than the phony outrage promoted by the White House over the federal sequestration, where they threatened funding cuts to "vital services" if Republicans couldn't agree to raise taxes.

at Apr 5, 2013 2:00 PM


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