May 12th, 2015
Greetings Friends, Constituents and Supporters:
As many of you are aware, a tornado touched down in my hometown of Van in Van Zandt County at approximately 10PM Sunday evening. At least two fatalities have been confirmed so far as have multiple injuries. Those injured were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals in Tyler. Power lines were downed, trees uprooted, and IH 20 was closed due to overturned tractor trailers and later reopened. Numerous homes have sustained major damage along with damage to the Elementary School, Middle School, Administration Building and bus barn. The 1st Baptist Church and other local churches have opened their facilities to serve as a gathering place and a shelter for those in need. Rains are supposed to continue throughout the week and damage assessments will also continue. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured, those who lost friends and family members and to those who lost their homes and suffered severe property damage. We honor all of our friends and those who have stepped up to help in this time of need. Firstly, I want to thank Governor Abbott for his quick action in declaring Van a disaster area so they could get the help they need. I also want to thank Education Commissioner Michael Williams, Ag. Commissioner Sid Miller, and Comptroller Glenn Heger for their support in our coordinating efforts. Thank God for his mercy on our community as we rebuild.
HB 114 relating to the issuance of certain capital appreciation bonds by political subdivisions was heard in the House this week and passed second reading 140 to 0. This is a huge success for Texas and future generations of Texans because it begins to curb and limit the runaway spending of local debt and places limits on the ability to add to the massive debt assigned to our children and grandchildren.
Very pleased that House Bill 91 which allows licensed farmers to sell raw milk from their farms and in farmers’ markets passed in the House of Representatives 103 to 36. This bill makes it clear that raw milk may be sold at or from the farms of licensed farmers, as well as in farmers’ markets. We have been working on getting this passed for a couple sessions now and it all comes down to free enterprise. These farmers deserve to make a living off selling their product. I also want to thank Chairwoman Myra Crownover from the Public Health Committee for her assistance in getting this to the floor. HB 91 has now been sent to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 91 which would allow licensed farmers to sell raw milk from their farms and in farmers’ markets passed second reading in the House of Representatives today 122 to 14. This bill makes it clear that raw milk may only be sold at or from the farms of licensed farmers, as well as in farmers’ markets. Representative Dan Flynn, HD-2 , author of H.B. 91, said: “We have been working on getting this passed for a couple sessions now and it all comes down to free enterprise. These farmers deserve to make a living off selling their product. I also want to thank Chairwoman Crownover from the Public Health Committee for her assistance in getting this to the floor.”
House Bill 670: We continue to push hard to get this legislation, American Law in American Courts, out of committee and I am glad to say it has been sent to calendars committee.
It remains my pleasure and honor to represent all the people of House District 2. My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions. You can contact our office; mailing address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768. Email: District2.Flynn@house.state.tx.us. Phone Number: 512-463-0880
May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas!
Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2