CAPITOL UPDATE
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2007

APRIL CAPITOL UPDATE

Dear Fellow Texan--

Spring is definitely in the air--or it was before this past weekend. As the Legislature took an extended break over the Easter holiday, the state enjoyed one last winter spell and set record low temperatures for April. As temperatures come back to normal, the Legislature is about to shift into high gear. April is one of the busiest months of the session as committees will begin to meet twice during the week and we will debate more bills on the floor of the Senate each day.

Several bills have already made it to the Governor's desk--the first bill of the Legislature to be passed and signed into law by the Governor was HB 2061. HB 2061 addresses the common practice of County Clerks using Social Security numbers for purposes of identification in documents publicly available on the Internet. The Governor has also signed SB 378, the so-called "Castle Doctrine" bill. This bill would expand the circumstances in which an individual is allowed to use deadly force against another individual and remove the duty for an individual to make a reasonable effort to retreat before using deadly force.

The Senate Finance Committee will take up the Senate's version of the state budget today. We are set to substitute our version of the budget into HB 1 and send it to the Senate Floor for debate. After passage by the Senate, the bill will then be sent back to the House; the House can either accept the Senate's changes or request a conference committee. The House will almost certainly request a conference committee where appointed members from each chamber will discuss and amend only the differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. It is interesting to note that the budget is the only bill that the Legislature is required to pass during a regular session.

WHAT'S NEW

Session video and all other webcast recordings can be accessed from the Senate website's audio and video webpage.

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CONCLUSION

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with a state agency or wish to voice an opinion on any matter before the Texas Legislature. I always appreciate hearing from you.

I hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Troy Fraser
State Senator
District 24

HOW TO CONTACT SENATOR TROY FRASER
Austin Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0124
FAX: (512) 475-3732
Marble Falls District Office
607 B Highway 281 North
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
(830) 693-9900
FAX: (830) 693-9603
Abilene District Office
500 Chestnut Street, Suite 810
Abilene, Texas 79602
(325) 676-7404
FAX: (325) 676-8060
Belton District Office
1920 North Main Street
Suite 101
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3562
FAX: (254) 939-7611
Email: troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us

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