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September 11, 2009

WHAT'S NEW . . .

FOCUS . . .

When the Texas Legislature concluded its 81st Session on June 1, 2009, many bills passed that went into effect September 1, 2009. Following are some of the bills that affect transportation, public safety and criminal laws. This is not a comprehensive list, but if you would like more information, you can visit the Legislative Reference Library's website for a list of bills from the 81st session by effective dates.

DID YOU KNOW . . . ?


It is time again to apply for NASA's High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program. This is an interactive on-line learning experience for high school juniors, highlighted by a six-day internship to encourage students to study math, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at the NASA Johnson Space Center. The deadline to apply is November 13, 2009. Visit the HAS website for more information and the application process.

There was a new scholarship program funded by the 81st Legislature for students interested in training for high-demand fields such as health professionals, mechanical technologies, engineering technologies and information services. This program, the Every Chance Career and Technical Scholarship Fund, will award $5 million in grants in 2010 and 2011 to students in public community colleges and technical schools. Visit for more information on these scholarships and other grants awarded by the Every Chance Fund.


With students back in school now, we have Friday night football and the anticipation of (slightly) cooler weather and the Texas State Fair. And while these are typical fall rituals for us in Texas, let us pause and remember the victims and first responders that we lost eight years ago in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

As always, if you have questions about any of the information included in this update or if I can be of service to you, please let me know.


John Carona
State Senator - District 16

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Austin, TX 78711
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Dallas, TX 75206
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