November-December 2009

Law & Order Award winners

This summer, TDCAA presented awards to several lawmakers honoring them for their work on criminal justice and public safety issues during the 81st ­Legislative Session.

Rep. Dan Gattis (R–Georgetown) came to the TDCAA Legislative Update in Bryan to receive his award. Rep. Gattis, a former ­prosecutor in Williamson County, was ­recognized for his work in passing ­groundbreaking ­legislation to facilitate the use of blood samples in DWI ­prosecutions.

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D–Mission) was recognized for his service as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance ­Committee and for his successful efforts to enhance local prosecution of ­border-related crimes.

Sen. John Carona (R–Dallas) was recognized for his successful passage of ­Senate Bill 328, the DWI blood draw bill, and for his work as ­Chairman of the Senate ­Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, including the passage of legislation targeting criminal street gangs.

See the previous issue of this journal for photographs and information on the other award recipients from this session.