April 5, 2018

85th Legislative Interim Update 3.23.18

85th Legislative Interim Update

This interim has been very busy, to say the least.  From the Special Legislative Session, called by the Governor of Texas, to Hurricane Harvey and the most recent election cycle, I apologize for not keeping you more up to date as it relates to  the ongoing of our State and hope this e-mail does just that.


Resources Available for Hurricane Harvey Survivors


* The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline: 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) 6 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week, or https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332

* U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA): for low-interest disaster loan follow up and questions, contact SBA at 800-659-2955, visit www.sba.gov/disaster or meet with SBA representatives at a Disaster Recovery Center.

* 211 Texas. Local information about food, housing, child care, crisis counseling and substance abuse treatment. Dial 2-1-1, 877-541-7905 or visit http://www.211texas.org/

* Texas Department of Insurance Consumer Help Line: 800-252-3439 or http://www.tdi.texas.gov/index.html%20

* Disaster Distress Support: Trained professionals help with anxiety or stress, and counsel on available resources. Multilingual, confidential crisis support service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-985-5990; 800-846-8517 (TTY); text TalkWithUs (Spanish-speakers text: Hablanos) to 66746; or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

* Information [https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline] on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery: visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4332, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FEMAharvey, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6, or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at www.dps.texas.gov/dem/.


Gulf State Marine Fisheries Commission

This past week the Gulf State Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) held its 68th Annual Spring Meeting. As the Legislative Appointee for the State, Rep. Faircloth a is to promote better utilization of the fisheries, marine, shell and anadromous, of the seaboard of the Gulf of Mexico, by the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection of such fisheries and the prevention of the physical waste of the fisheries from any cause. To hear more from this past meeting, please click on the following link, https://www.gsmfc.org/meetings.php


TWIA Claims Handling & Operations Update

As of March 15, TWIA has received 75,114 claims. TFPA has received 17,222 claims. We have closed 95.5% of claims (or 88,174 claims) and made $1.06 billion in claim payments for both Associations. To learn more, visit https://www.twia.org.


Federal appeals court's ruling upholds most of Texas' "sanctuary cities" law

A panel of three 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled that most of the state's immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4. As passed, Senate Bill 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don't cooperate with federal immigration "detainers" - requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation - in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000.


State Action Plan

The Texas General Land Office submitted the state of Texas Action Plan for the first $57.8 million in Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) long-term recovery funds for Hurricane Harvey to the U.S. Department of Housing  and Urban Development (HUD) for approval. To learn more about the Texas Action Plan, click http://texasrebuilds.org/Documents/TX%20Harvey%20Action%20Plan%2057%20mil%20-%20Final%203-6-18.pdf GLO-CDR is the responsible entity for developing the State Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR) Action Plan in accordance with HUD guidelines.