John Frullo

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Representative Frullo Announces Start of 2012-2013 High School Aerospace Scholars

LUBBOCK-- State Representative John Frullo (R-Lubbock) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2012-2013 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project. HAS enables selected Texas high school juniors to explore new frontiers and become a part of NASA’s plan for space exploration.

"This is a great program," Frullo said. "I want to encourage anyone interested in working with NASA scientists to apply for this unique opportunity."

Selected students will apply their math and science skills to complete 8 web-based assignments during the school year to be competitively selected to travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer to put those skills to use. At Johnson, they will design and propose a mission focused on deep space exploration alongside their peers as well as NASA scientists and engineers.

Eligible students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Texas resident
  • Currently a high school junior
  • Interest in science, math, or engineering
  • Able to commit to a relationship with Johnson, including a one-week residential experience during the summer
  • Access to the internet and e-mail (home, school or public library)

The state of Texas, in partnership with Johnson and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 6,800 students from across the state have participated. Additional partners include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement and University of Houston System.

High school juniors interested in applying for the 2012-2013 project should visit:  
http://HAS.aerospacescholars.org/

83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION

KEY CONSERVATIVE INITIATIVES: GUN RIGHTS, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION
We must continue to promote the restraint of government and the freedom of our citizens.

senate-affairsThe Legislature passed several bills that were key to protecting gun rights, religious freedom, and the sanctity of life. In response to the threat of local and federal regulations for gun owners, legislators passed SB 987. This bill will give the Attorney General the ability to obtain a temporary or permanent injunction against a city or county that attempts to enforce unlawful restrictions on gun owners. In addition, we passed SB 1907 to allow concealed handgun license holders to transport and store firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on college campuses. We also passed several bills to decrease the bureaucracy in obtaining a concealed handgun license. To address the onslaught of lawsuits related to religious freedom, the Legislature passed HB 308. The bill allows Texas public schools the freedom to educate students on the history of traditional winter celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah and allow students and teachers to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” without the threat of restriction of religious freedom. Schools will also have the freedom to display scenes or symbols associated with Christmas or Hanukkah. It’s too bad we had to pass this type of legislation, but it was necessary to ensure our religious freedom. During the 2nd called Special Session, the Legislature passed HB 2 to increase safety and protection for women seeking an abortion and stopped the practice of abortion after five months.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
Even in Lubbock we have human trafficking.

legislationAfter passing Alicia’s Law last session, we continued our work to combat human trafficking. We secured $1.6 million in funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces in the State of Texas. These highly trained officers work tirelessly to pursue those committing crimes against children. One of my biggest legislative priorities was HB 2268. This bill streamlines bureaucratic procedures that hinder prosecutor's ability to retrieve evidence for prosecution against perpetrators who are using the internet for crimes; this allows states to honor search warrants across state lines. In this legislation, we also created the strongest privacy laws in the nation protecting all your email content from search and seizure without a search warrant. In addition, SB 742 will help law enforcement to better identify children who are at risk of human trafficking and create a system of reporting for attempted abduction of children. HB 2637 increases penalties for sex offenders who have been found to have used someone else’s identity.

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PUBLIC PENSION REFORM
Retired teachers prior to Aug. 31st, 2004 will receive a cost of living adjustment.

ttu-2013As a member of the Pensions Committee, we worked closely with teacher and state employee groups to create state policy that will ensure that the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and Employee Retirement System (ERS) are a stable source of retirement for years to come. We also provided a cost of living adjustment in HB 1458 for teachers across the state who have been retired since August 31, 2004. In addition, I joint authored HB 13 that will increase transparency and oversight of our public pension plans. Thank you to all of you from Lubbock who came to Austin to advocate on behalf of teachers. It was great to see you during the legislative session!

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PUBLIC EDUCATION
Increases flexibility and opportunities for students.

This session, the Legislature heard from many parents, teachers and school administrators, particularly related to testing and accountability. As a result, we passed HB 5 which includes significant reform. The bill creates more flexibility in the core curriculum, decreases the end of course exams from fifteen to five, and creates a new state rating system for schools. In addition, the bill encourages more technical training at the high school level. This legislation represents a concerted effort to bring needed flexibility while maintaining high standards for our students.

 

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