TEXAS DPS is Violating State Law – Help needed!

Please call your Texas State House Representative
AND
Your Texas State Senator
(Not the U.S. members)

Find their information here:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

DPS Fingerprint Scanner

DPS Fingerprint Scanner

This is all you need to say:

“I want Representative _ _ _ _ and Senator _ _ _ to contact the Texas Attorney General immediately and demand that the Attorney General issue an order to the Department of Public Safety to promptly cease collection of all 10 fingerprints from persons applying for new driver licenses, renewal driver licenses, and I.D. cards, at least until the 84th Texas Legislature convenes and can address this issue through statute.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is violating Texas law. They are collecting full sets of fingerprints – all 10 digits – against legislative intent of the following Texas bills passed:

1967 HB 354 (60th Legislature) – Added thumbprints or index fingerprints (if a thumb was not available) requirement to application for original or renewal driver license
1995 SB 1252 (74th Legislature) – Extended thumbprints or index fingerprint requirement to application for duplicate driver license and personal identification certificate
2005 HB 2337 (79th Legislature) – Established the Image Verification System – requiring DPS to authenticate the facial image and thumbprints or fingerprint provided by an applicant”

The Attorney General represents the DPS. Only the Attorney General can take action to stop the DPS immediately, without waiting for the Texas Legislature to convene and begin passing laws. How many sets of fingerprints can DPS collect between now and then, against legislative intent?

The Department of Public Safety, through the Texas Administrative Code, has violated legislative law. DPS has been contacted by several Texas Legislators and yet they continue to collect prints of all 10 digits, against legislative intent.

Neither you nor I can make the AG’s office act. Only certain state legislators can.
According to the AG’s website, the entity that can initiate action on the part of the AG in this matter is “a committee of a house of the Texas Legislature”.

If you reside in the districts of the following legislators, contact them. They sat on a committee that discussed and voted one of these bills out of committee (either in 1995 or 2005). These bills specifically order the DPS to collect thumbprints only and the index finger when a thumbprint is not available; NOT all 10 digits. Representative Garnet Coleman sponsored the bill, so he would be ideal to contact if you live in Houston. Tell him his legislation is being violated.

-1995- SB 1252 (74R)
Bill Sponsor: Representative Garnet Coleman -Houston (713) 520-5355 / (512) 463-0524

Senate committee on State Affairs:
Sen. John Carona -Dallas (214) 378-5751 / (512) 463-0116
Sen. Jane Nelson –Grapevine (817) 424-3446 / (512) 463-0112
Sen. Royce West –Dallas (214) 741-0123 or (214) 467-0123 / (512) 463-0123
Sen. John Whitmire –Houston (713) 864-8701 / (512) 463-0115

-2005- HB 2337 (79R)
House committee on Defense Affairs & State-Federal Relations
Rep. Abel Herrero –Corpus Christi (361) 884-2277 / (512) 463-0462

Senate cmttee on Transportation & Homeland Security
Cmttee Chair: Sen. John Carona –Dallas (214) 378-5751 / (512) 463-0116
Sen. Rodney Ellis –Houston (713) 236-0306 or (713) 776-2228 or Missouri City: (281) 261-2360 / (512) 463-0113

If you reside in the voting districts of any of these Texas Legislators – PLEASE call them. Ask you neighbors to do the same.

Rights are like teeth; only floss the ones you want to keep,
and fight for the rights you want to retain.

BACKGROUND:

So that you can look this up yourself, the original bill (HB 354 in 1967) specifically stated that only thumb prints Continue reading

2014 TX GOP Platform Adopted: Article V Convention/Amending Convention of States

They’re violating the constitution!
Let’s amend it!
That will teach them!

There is quite a bit of misunderstanding regarding the several efforts for a quick fix togop elephant reign in our federal government. The 2014 TX GOP platform that was adopted creates conflicting statements (as is common throughout the platform). The 2014 TX Republican Platform now reads: Continue reading

Texas Constitution Just Grew Another _ _ pages

-by Barbara Harless

• Texas population: 26 million
• Registered Voters in Texas: 13,445,285
Nov 5, 2013; 9 Proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution – 8.5% of registered voters showed up to vote (1,144,844)
• Less than 1 million voters in Texas amended the Texas Constitution.

Good News / Bad News

Good News: 3% more voters showed up in 2013 to vote on Amendments to the Texas Constitution than did in 2011 (almost double the 2011 showing)

Bad News: Less than 1 million voters amended our Texas Constitution this week

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This article is offering a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.Constitution

First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment and enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.

Second, one should understand the Purpose and Consequences of laws.

Third, one should put each proposed amendment to the 3 question test of “constitutionality”.

Fourth, if one finds Continue reading

All Laws Must Pass the Constitutional Test

All legislative matters, the conduct and actions of government officials, and the enforced ordinances and laws which restrict human activity, should pass the three question test:

1.) Is it “constitutional”?Constitutional TEST_2
(Supports the constitutional republic)

2.) Is there a need?
(Do all the People have a need for and benefit from the proposed government intervention?)

3.) Affordability?
(Can the People afford it? Is the cost equal and uniform?)

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