Senator Bob Deuell

September 11, 2008


Information on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee

(AUSTIN) -- Two weeks ago, I traveled to meet with colleagues on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Of the fourteen interim charges assigned, we used Tuesday the 26th to discuss charges seven and nine, relating to wellness issues and pandemic flu. We heard multiple excellent testimonies including those from David Lakey, Commissioner of the Department of State Health and Human Services, Dan Stultz, President and CEO of the Texas Hospital Association, Jeff Kloster from the Texas Education Agency, and a number of citizens from private advocacy groups. All were informative and will be important to us as we approach the legislative session.

Last week, both the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Natural Resources Committee held hearings. The Finance Committee met in the Capitol on Tuesday under Chairman Steve Ogden to hear public and invited testimony regarding the Committee's interim budget oversight charge concerning the management of waiting list slots, and the Department of Aging and Disability Services improvement of State Schools.

To better serve the citizens of North Texas and extend the opportunity for testimony to as many citizens as possible, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources met at the University of Texas at Arlington on Tuesday. I appreciate anybody who made it to Arlington as we discussed air quality issues, including an update on the DFW State Implementation Plan and emissions reduction efforts in North Texas as well as across the state Coming to hearings is one of the best ways citizens can take an active role in state government. I urge everyone who is able, to come witness a hearing and listen to testimony on issues that concern you.

As always, if you cannot make a future hearing and have a comment, question, or idea, feel free to contact my office and my staff will be happy to help you play important role in the legislative process.

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: