Special Session Update: Preview

            Are they really going to do this again? Apparently so. /sigh/

Looking ahead

            The governor filed his official proclamation for the special session on Monday, which allowed legislators to start pre-filing bills on the governor’s pet issues (and others, if they wish). Legislators will return to Austin for the convocation on Tuesday, July 18, and then we expect something of a repeat of the regular session’s pace, with the Senate ramming through its bills on those topics while the House proceeds at … a … more … deliberate … pace.

Law & Order Awards

            After every regular session, TDCAA’s board of directors likes to acknowledge a select group of legislators whose work during the session benefited TDCAA members and the communities they serve. The winners of TDCAA’s Law & Order Awards for the 2015 regular session are (in alphabetical order):


State Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston)

State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)

State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston)

State Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas)

State Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso)

Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio)


Look for some of these legislators to receive their awards at various Legislative Update seminars this summer, and if any of them are from your neck of the woods, be sure to congratulate them!

Legislative Update CLEs

            Online registration for our popular Legislative Update seminars is available HERE. We are coming to 21 different locations throughout the state this summer to help everyone get up to speed on the relevant statutory changes made during the session. All attendees qualify for 3 hours or CLE and/or TCOLE credit and receive a copy of our 116-page Legislative Update book.

            As of this morning, more than 1,750 attendees have registered to attend a course at one of those locations, and some venues are quickly filling to capacity; for instance, next week’s initial Austin course has only nine more seats available. Remember, TDCAA members who register online receive a $25 discount off the $125 registration fee, but online registration closes a few days before each seminar, and those who try to register as walk-ins at the seminar must pay full freight (if any seats are even still available). So don’t delay, register today!

Pre-sales begin for 2017 code books

            Receive one of the first shipments of our new Penal Codes, Codes of Criminal Procedure, and other books by pre-ordering now on the TDCAA website (www.tdcaa.com/publications) or by calling us at 512/474-2436.

Quotes of the week

“It may not be popular right now, but we [in the House leadership] still believe something that one of my first mentors, Sen. John Tower, liked to say—that the best government is that which is closest to the people.”
           —Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), defending local governments in a speech to the Texas Association of School Boards last month.


“Typically, the Republicans like to ride on the river, and the Democrats go to the detention centers.”
            —McAllen mayor Jim Darling, on the different locations that politicians select for their border photo ops.


“Not my dog, not my problem. Mr. Paxton has the right to a trial—a speedy trial.”
            —Dan Cogdell, lead counsel for Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) in his criminal case, opposing the request of the special prosecutors in that case for a continuance until they are paid more than $200,000 that Collin County has refused to honor.


“By September, Texas will have closed eight prisons in six years, all thanks to smart-on-crime policies.”
            —A tweet this week from the Coalition for Public Safety, a national “smart on crime” group that sometimes reminds us of the rooster who thinks his crowing causes the sun to rise.


“Drugs on the street are more powerful, more addicting, and more dangerous than ever.”
            —U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, explaining at a DARE conference in Grapevine earlier this week why he has reversed certain federal drug prosecution policies.


“This is the third one that I’ve uncovered in the past year in which we’ve had parolees who are now accused of murder who have [been convicted of] new offenses and not returned to prison.”
            —Andy Kahan, victim advocate from Houston, complaining about the parole board’s recent decision-making that has allegedly resulted in three new murders in that city.