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Toureilles files legislation for 81st session at Capitol
Feb 13, 2009 | 666 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Austin — Last week the Texas House of Representatives voted on new operating rules for this session. While some house committees have been reorganized, other committees received additional or revised responsibilities on certain issues. Committee assignments are expected to be announced soon; however, State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles has continued filing more bills.

House Bill 141 allows municipal courts to collect a $10 administrative fee when a driver fails to show proof of valid insurance. If a driver is issued a citation for failure to maintain insurance and the driver was covered by an insurance policy at the time, the driver may present proof of insurance in order to have the citation dismissed. Elected officials throughout the district are in support of HB 141. “Many drivers will be happy to know that they may be able to pay a small administrative fee instead of paying a very large fine,” Toureilles said.

House Bill 454 allows drivers who complete a defensive driving class to reduce their total number of points, potentially reducing their surcharges under the Driver Responsibility Program. The Driver Responsibility Program assesses fees on various traffic related offenses based on a point system. Toureilles understands the economic challenges Texans are facing and HB 454 will help some Texans cope during these tough economic times.

House Bill 453 authorizes law enforcement to use funds from the auction of an abandoned vehicle to compensate property owners who suffer property damage during a police pursuit. Toureilles said, “I do not believe families should suffer the financial burden when a fleeing criminal creates an unsafe environment for our law enforcement and our citizens.”

Another important issue for District 35 is the need to strengthen deer breeding laws. This will help deter some deer breeders from capturing wild deer and posing them as raised deer. Deer breeding is a legal, multimillion dollar industry in Texas. Toureilles recently stated, “A captive-raised breeder buck can bring in thousands of dollars to a deer breeder, and unfortunately money is driving the illegal transfer, selling, and breeding of wild deer. To support breeders conducting a legal deer breeding business, I am working with the Texas Deer Association on this issue. This bill enhances the penalties available for all participants involved in the illegal deer trade.”

Toureilles encourages her constituents to contact her and her staff by calling toll free at 1-800-240-2294.
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