Senator Deuell's Capitol Update
Senate Finance Committee hearings begin; Comptroller's office updates unclaimed property list; General Land Office announces essay contest
AUSTIN — Over the last two weeks, the Senate Finance Committee started the process of crafting the 2012-2013 state budget by holding hearings related to health and human services and education.
Citizens from every corner of the state joined us in Austin and gave compelling testimony on Medicaid, disability services, health care, education funding, and other important issues. I appreciate each of them taking the time to discuss these issues with us.
On Wednesday, Finance Chairman Steve Ogden created two special subcommittees to focus on Medicaid and public education funding, and asked me to sit on the Medicaid subcommittee. I look forward to working with my colleagues toward solutions that protect essential state services and save tax payer money
My office has already received hundreds of letters and e-mails and as we move forward, I know many more of you will have questions or concerns about the state budget. Please don't hesitate to contact me using the information at the bottom of this page.
Comptroller's office releases 2011 Unclaimed Property List
State Comptroller Susan Combs' office announced that the state is holding more than $2.2 billion in unclaimed money and items that may be yours. In an effort to reunite Texans with their unclaimed property, her office is publishing an unclaimed property insert in North Texas newspapers this Sunday, Feb. 13.
Only those people or businesses with more than $250 in unclaimed property will be included in the insert, so I encourage you to also visit www.ClaimItTexas.org and search the state database for anything you may have unclaimed. If you need assistance or have questions, you can contact the comptroller's office directly at (800) 654-3463 or (512) 463-3120.
Texas General Land Office announces essay contest
The Texas General Land Office recently announced its third-annual "Save Texas History" essay contest. Fourth and seventh graders across the state, including public, private and home-schooled students, are invited to research a Texas town with historical significance or to act as if they were exploring early Texas and write an essay for prizes.
Eleven finalists from each grade will be selected, including a grand prizewinner whose family will receive four round trip airline tickets to San Antonio, a two-night hotel stay and attraction tickets. The other finalists will be awarded with Save Texas History backpacks, recognition on the Save Texas History Web site and other prizes. According to the GLO, some participants have even had their work published in professional journals.
If you would like additional information about the contest, please contact my office for an entry form or visit www.SaveTexasHistory.org. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 26 and received by March 4. Winners will be announced in May.
To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process or if you have a suggestion for a future Capitol Update, please contact the Capitol office at (512) 463-0102 or send mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.senate.state.tx.us and Sen. Deuell's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.