Senator Bob Deuell

July 8, 2008


Information on the Senate Natural Resources and Criminal Justice Committees

(AUSTIN) -- Shortly after the beginning of the Legislature's 80th session in 2007, I was honored to be chosen to sit on the Senate Natural Resources and Criminal Justice committees in addition to my position on the Sunset Advisory Commission and vice-chairmanship of the Health and Human Services committee. As we get closer to kicking off our next session in January, these committees continue to convene and discuss interim charges set forth by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst earlier in the interim. This week, Senate committees on Natural Resources and Criminal Justice met to address important issues facing our state.

On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Committee met under Chairman Averitt in the Woodlands. To extend the opportunity for testimony to as many citizens as possible, Senate committees will routinely meet at different locations around the state. During the interim, the committee has been to Dallas and El Paso and will discuss interim charges ranging from monitoring the implementation of various legislation to reviewing Texas' air emissions inventory and studying the safety of major flood control structures across the state.

This week, the committee took public and invited testimony on current and future control technologies, current and future federal and state emissions requirements, carbon capture, various perspectives regarding the impact of air quality regulations, and new air quality technologies.

On Wednesday, members of the Committee on Criminal Justice met in Austin to discuss interim charges three, five, and eight. Chairman Whitmire and other colleagues listened to testimony detailing widespread drug abuse among teenagers and possible recommendations to enhance the safety of police officers in the line of duty as well as curb the re-victimization of child abuse victims. Like the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Criminal Justice also monitors the implementation of enacted legislation to insure that it is serving its intended purpose.

Altogether, these committees will study 24 charges in the interim and offer solutions to many issues the state will address in the upcoming session. It is important that every Texan has the opportunity to share their voice and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or ideas.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0102 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: