John Frullo

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Representative Frullo Highlights Constitution Day

LUBBOCK- State Representative John Frullo (R-Lubbock) wants to remind everyone that September 17th is Constitution Day.  Signed by our Founding Fathers on September 17, 1787, this year marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.  This important document established the framework of our government, as well as the rights and freedoms that "We the People" enjoy today.

First observed in 2004 in the nation as a whole, Constitution Day serves as a day to remember not only the governing document of our nation, but also reflect on how special the grand experiment conducted by our Founding Fathers actually was.  

"There was no precedent for what the Founding Fathers created," said Frullo.  "They relied on wisdom from above and a deep sense of conviction that all men are created equal. They also demonstrated tremendous leadership and perseverance knowing this document would be the bedrock of a free people."

In honor of Constitution Day, Representative Frullo encourages students and teachers to utilize some great resources available through the National Constitution Center and the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education (LRE) program.  These resources include an educational web-based video series and a personal pocket constitution app for your iPhone available for download.  You can find this information and more by visiting www.constitutioncenter.org or www.texaslre.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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