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Tue November 9, 2010
Flynn files five bills for upcoming session
By Scott Harvey
Van – State Representative for District 2 Dan Flynn (R-Van) has begun filing legislation for the upcoming legislative session. The first day for lawmakers to do so was Monday.
Flynn, who represents Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt counties, referenced five bill proposals in a press release issued Tuesday.
Two bills come at the request of Hunt County officials. House Bill 82 would make 8-liner machines illegal in the county, regardless of their manner of operation, while House Bill 84 would allow Hunt County to establish its own Municipal Utility District.
The three remaining bills reference the sale of raw milk at places such as fairs and famer's markets, protect public school teachers who have chosen to display the Ten Commandments in their class room, and limit the use of public funds to print certain public documents in a language other than English.
Information on each bill is below. The Texas Legislature convenes in January.
House Bill 75 would allow the open sale of raw milk at places such as fairs, farmer's markets etc. Requested by constituents and supported by the Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, it does not allow for sales at commercial establishments such as grocery stores, etc.
House Bill 79 would protect public school teachers who have chosen to have the Ten Commandments displayed in their classrooms. The display of the Ten Commandments is a patriotic exercise, and it is made no less so by the acknowledgement of Texas's religious heritage via the inclusion of the phrase under God.' in the pledge.
House Bill 81 would limit the use of public funds to print certain public documents in a language other than English. This reflects simple principles that if you want to live here, learn the language and do not burden the State of Texas with millions of dollars worth of alternative language costs.
House Bill 82 would make 8-liner machines illegal, regardless of their manner of operation. The District & County Attorney Association & Hunt County have long held that gambling is not something the citizens of this area or Texas want. The social costs of gambling are far in excess of the tax gain and must be limited.
House Bill 84 was requested by the Hunt County commissioner's court and would give them the right to establish a Hunt County Municipal Utility District. This would allow local control over this practical concern and allow the county to better meet the needs of its citizens in the future.