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June 7, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Kindly said, be simple

Texas horned toad in pasture grass (© image: copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Do you see him? An endangered Texas horned toad in the pasture. Sometimes what looks safe, still needs protection. (© image)

Simple. Not complex. Uncluttered with things not necessary.

A concept revived periodically by stylists, gurus, authors, but, sadly, not by politicians.

How hard is it? Keep it simple: one topic for each piece of legislation.

TX Senate Bill 1804. Itself victimized, then vetoed.

Originally a widely supported domestic violence bill which required officials to notify victims when offenders were bonded out or released from jail.

Should have been a simple no brainer.

But things are never simple. Especially with proposed bills. There are sneaks about.

At the last minute, Representative Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, added a section delaying until 2021 fees paid by Waste Control Specialists, a for-profit operator of a state-regulated radioactive waste dump near Andrews. Those fees, which are due to the state this year, are for a perpetual care account to be used in case anything goes wrong at the waste site.

Obviously something that has nothing to do with the main body of this bill – a special interest addition.

Nevárez offers a defense by saying it’s unknown if the Governor vetoed the bill because he doesn’t want to protect victims of domestic violence or if he didn’t want to support economic competitiveness of an existing Texas industry.

Pretty simple to see what’s important to this Representative. OK, it’s not pretty.

Vintage woman reading and eating at table (1919 Lobby card for Castles in the Air film/May Allison/USPD.pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Making a list. Checking it twice. Gonna find out which representatives are naughty and nice.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

The Waste company insisted lower fees were needed to stay competitive to other sites. Simply necessary…

Hey, besides it’s humanitarian! It’s compassionate to take in all the waste materials from cancer treatments. We all want to help cancer patients and doctors, right?

And those young, injured soccer and football players, too – Xray stuff has to end up somewhere. It’s for the children! We all love children!

Another proposed bill would have reduced the company’s fees to the state by $4.2 million, but that one never made it to the floor…so a little sneak attack instead, courtesy of Nevárez.

Environmentalists hate the waste site and radioactive materials brought in from other places as they worry about ground water contamination – among other things.

Governor Abbot, recognizing people aren’t happy about anyone dumping their radioactive waste on Texas or a company trying too skip out on their obligations and responsibilities, was caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea. He vetoed #1804. (Read article here)

Unfortunately a good domestic violence bill has been lost. 

Simple shame.

(and you betcha there’s a name to watch for during the next legislative session)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Vintage Woman standing by vintage record player with records on floor. (LOC:USPD. aratist life:Commons.wikimedia.org)

Check their records and make them face the music. Obsessive, perhaps, But darn right cowardly and dastardly deed using victims to a piggyback of your special interest legislation.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

 

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  1. I wish they’d ban piggyback and earmarks on all legislation. But that would just make too much sense, I guess. Love the lizard, too. Hubs grew up in S. Texas and has fond memories of those little guys.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2019 4:16 pm

      We are so happy to see the lizards in the wild – our “little dinosaurs”, we used to call them. Now almost MIA. Some say the spread of fire ants is causing their disappearance.
      Hiding stuff in bills is dishonest – or a way to torpedo bills that person doesn’t like. But it had to have been voted on in the house…(need to check the roll call to see who approved that nonsense.) Of course if each representative had to vote solely on one item per bill, it would be much easier to see their track record – and how they think…so no wonder they fight single issue bill requests. Thanks for hopping over to chat

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  2. Spinster / Jun 7 2019 1:51 pm

    What in the Twilight Zone world…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2019 4:12 pm

      You heard the eerie music….(How does that guy face his constituents? Must be some way his conscience is soothed…). Thanks for stepping into the zone with a comment

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      • Spinster / Jun 7 2019 4:13 pm

        If he even has a conscience…

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jun 7 2019 2:31 pm

    That was just wrong. Hope karma finds that guy.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2019 4:09 pm

      While this state does more than most protecting victims of domestic violence, this was a big deal. Karma is real. Thanks for noting the slippery character

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  4. sustainabilitea / Jun 7 2019 3:18 pm

    I dislike piggybacking like this. I think they should vote on each issue.

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2019 4:07 pm

      If some politician wants to pull in voters to his side, single topic laws would be a real voter pleaser (but he/she would have to follow through or get terrible slammed for misrepresenting intentions….like they always do when promising teacher more money and better conditions…Lucy and the football, Charlie Brown)
      Thanks for poking a comment in here

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  5. shoreacres / Jun 7 2019 7:39 pm

    Earmarks are a sure mark of special interests lurking around… sometimes, even of a little ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ foolishness. We get told what’s in a proposed bill, but nothing of what happened when it went into committee. To quote someone or other, “You have to read the bill to know what’s in the bill” – but who has a staff of attorneys or time to do that reading? After all, it has to be passed within 48 hours, right?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 9 2019 1:14 pm

      So few honorable people willing to do what is good for the country these days. So many just wanting to get elected and become millionaires with a life long job.
      Nothing like a final glance/debriefing of what the last legislative session did and didn’t do. Normally better legislation is more quickly done at the state level(and so much is the actual duty and realm of each state) – so for the past few years I make an attempt to try and keep up – but darn, it, you just can’t blink. Worse on the national level because of distance, size, and various regional/state needs and ideas. So easy to just shrug and give up. People get the government they deserve? Venezuela should be scary enough to be a wake-up call. But yawn….
      Thanks for helping rattle people

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  6. Cecilia Mary Gunther / Jun 8 2019 9:14 am

    That makes absolutely no sense at all. These people are bonkers. I agree. One topic – vote on it – another topic – vote on it – and so on. Surely they long for transparency themselves?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 9 2019 3:01 pm

      Worth a snarl, for sure. Whether he was intentionally trying to torpedo the domestic violence bill (Hmm does he have personal experience with someone that would effect? Have to wonder if he has a daughter or has ever encountered any of those victims?) or had promises been made then his radioactive bill had no support and he was desperate to sneak it through or was he doing a political gottcha aimed at tainting the Governor (not unheard of, but even worse than horrid if that was the motivation).
      Concerning how isolated legislators/elected official are – they do not seem to care or respond to voters. I think all of us want one topic per bill – so we can see exactly how each one of them votes on specific issues.
      Hope your weather is better. (Heat index here today is 105F) Noticed the NASA grounds are being mowed with bales stacked up to be moved. I am concerned about the small farms this year – price increases we will survive, but the family farms are in such delicate balance even before this spring. Take care. and thanks to dropping by

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      • Cecilia Mary Gunther / Jun 9 2019 5:38 pm

        105!!! Yikes. Surely that will slow them down.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 9 2019 5:49 pm

          That was heat index but we are right at breaking records from before 1900. But wait! I cold front is coming…we may have lows into the 70’s and more normal temps of low/mid 90’s – for a couple of days. IT’s going to be a long hot summer and I’ve got cabin fever already! HaHA

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          • Cecilia Mary Gunther / Jun 9 2019 5:58 pm

            We must adjust.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 10 2019 6:42 am

            And we have a north wind strong enough to slightly move the tree branches. Ahhh.A lovely morning walk with a happy chorus of birds.Even a short interlude is welcomed..
            Yes, adapt and hang on. Have a wonderful day.

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  7. Maggie Wilson / Jun 9 2019 4:37 am

    [speechless]
    and now I found my words – does this happen in other countries, too, I wonder?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 9 2019 3:03 pm

      Seriously. Unlike many countries who decide everything, we can vote them out at end of term IF people remember what their voting record was and decide to take action. You just can’t blink or expect it all to work out any more. Thanks for mumbling along

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  8. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 15 2019 10:57 pm

    Everything in the US seems to revolve around money, lots and lots of money,which is necessary I suppose to pay for kickbacks that are not paid of course, just suggested. and pigs might fly.

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  9. cat9984 / Jul 14 2019 10:23 am

    Did that guy really say that he didn’t know if the Governor vetoed the bill because of the victim notification or the waste part of it? I guess he probably didn’t care if anyone believed him.

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