State Representative Senfronia Thompson held a Town Hall
meeting at the
Representative Thompson opened the meeting by providing the attendees a run down of recent activities in the state legislature. Education was high on the list of topics discussed. She said that despite the fact there was no conclusion to the special session of the legislature held this summer regarding education, education is still an important topic. Property tax relief, consolidation of school districts, text books and technology are among many of the topics still to be resolved.
Airport noise is a topic of special interest to the residents
of Rep. Thompson’s district. The
residents of Woodcreek and Foxwood are the two subdivisions most impacted by
the new runway that runs along FM 1960 on the northern side of
“The remedies are still being discussed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airport authority and the impacted communities will have yet another meeting in October to see if they can reach a remedy to the noise factor.” she said.
Rep. Thompson also discussed the Urban Land Bank bill. The land bank is a new law to utilize properties that are delinquent on property tax and have remained vacant for over 17 years.
“The property owner adjacent to the vacant land will be allowed to first right of refusal to purchase the property. If the adjacent land owner does not want the property, the property will be put up for sale to a qualified community development corporation (CDC) or private developer. The property use is restricted to development of affordable housing,” she emphasized.
Legislation was passed to aid the child protective services
by lowering the caseload to three times the nationally recommended limit for
child abuse investigators.
Other newly enacted laws mentioned were: Cell phone usage while driving is prohibited
for drivers under the age of 18. Travelers
may carry a handgun in their vehicle without a concealed handgun license. Minors must obtain permission from their
parents or a judge to undergo an abortion.
Teachers hired after
For additional information from State Representative
Senfronia Thompson or the new laws in effect for Texans visit www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist141/thompson.htm
or call her office in
Left to right: State Representative Senfronia Thompson, Humble Mayor Donnie McMannes and Darrell Boeske discuss pending state legislation.
Photo by BONNIE MCKENNA
Left to right: Delma Smith from North Forest ISD talks with State Representative Senfronia Thompson.Photo by BONNIE MCKENNA