Senator Carona's Email Update
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January 8, 2014

WHAT'S NEW . . .


FOCUS - Border Security . . .

Our border with Mexico presents many opportunities for the state and our economy. Unfortunately, it also presents a variety of challenges, such as gang-related crimes, drug trafficking, violence, and threats to public safety. In order to fully enjoy the benefits of our border, it must be secure and free of illegal activity. For this reason, border security is and continues to be a priority for the Texas Legislature.

In 2009, during my tenure as chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, I authored legislation (SB 11) that sought to discourage gang-related activity. SB 11 was included as an amendment to HB 2086, which was passed into law. Among other things, SB 11 criminalized activities that serve the interests of gangs, increased penalties for gang-related activity in established gang-free zones, allows for electronic location monitoring of gang offenders, requires juveniles convicted of gang activity to participate in a gang intervention course, and established criteria for inclusion in a gang intelligence database. Over the last few sessions, other steps taken by the Legislature to increase security and prevent crime along the border include:

Continuing the effort to address border security concerns, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst recently released interim charges for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security related to the state's efforts to secure the border.

I commend the Lieutenant Governor's efforts to make border security a priority and I look forward to the findings and recommendations of the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security on this important topic.


In 2009, the Texas Legislature authorized the Texas Armed Services Scholarship, which assists promising students across the state who are committed to education and service. The scholarship provides recipients with up to $10,000 per academic year for up to four years toward an undergraduate education at any Texas university with an active ROTC program. To be eligible for the Scholarship, a student must, among other things, meet academic requirements; be appointed by a legislator, the Governor, or Lieutenant Governor; enroll in an eligible institution and ROTC program; and make a commitment to serving in the Guard. To learn more about the scholarship, please visit


I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. It is truly an honor to serve as your representative in the Texas Senate. I sincerely appreciate the thoughtful feedback and input you have provided to me and my staff. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have.


John Carona
State Senator - District 16

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