Legislative Issues Committees

Administrative Committees

Criminal Justice

Address issues relating to homeland security and the following House Standing Committee: Corrections, Criminal Jurisprudence and Law Enforcement and the Senate Standing Committee of Criminal Justice.

Chair - Johnny Waldrip

District - North Central
Vice Chair - Joe C. Henderson Texoma
Secretary -
Members
Frank Archuleta - Bexar County
Joe C. Dale - Texoma
James E. (Jim) Hitt - North Central
Ronnie Janecka - Harris County
John L. Johnson - Dallas County
C. Christine Johnson - Bexar County
Danny Volcik - Heart of TX
Ira Wilsker - South East


Education

Public School finance; continuing education opportunities for senior citizens; bi-lingual education opportunities for the elderly minorities, and others.

Chair - Nancy Byler

District - West Central
Vice Chair - Earl Wall Central Texas
Secretary - M. Dolores Garcia South Plains
Members
George L. Britton, Jr. - Bexar County
Betty Jo Brown - Harris County
Bobette Doerrie - Panhandle
Trini Garza - Dallas County
Tom Hesse - South Plains
James T (Ted) Hubert, Jr. - Central Texas
Judy LeUnes - Brazos Valley
Hugo R Munoz - Lower Rio
Charles Scoma - Tarrant County
Linda Timmerman - Heart of TX
Jerry R. Tyson - Bexar County
Jean Williams - Houston-Galveston
Barbara Williams - Ark-Tex


Health & Human Resources

Protect Medicaid and Medicare benefits to senior citizens; be an advocate for nursing home reforms, alternatives to institutionalization, training for nurses aides, greater incentives for in-home care, improved medical care for the indigent elderly, other issues relating to improved health care for the elderly and other issues.

Chair - Sue S. Wilson

District - Capital
Vice Chair - Vi Hebert Harris County
Secretary - Irma Cauley Brazos Valley
Members
Marlene A. Cohen - Dallas County
Dick Coupe - Dallas County
Doris Griffin - Bexar County
Nancy O. Hardin - Bexar County
Mike Meier - Central Texas
Mary Nixon - South East
Jetta Roberts - Rio Grande
Chris Shoop - South Plains
Paul Stempko - Capital
Betty Lee Streckfuss - Harris County
Rose Timmer - Lower Rio
VaLita Waits - East TX


Human Services

Increased funding for expanding community service programs, including transportation for rural and urban areas; funding for respite care; expanded Senior Center programs, and others that involve the physical aspects of elder care.

Chair - Lynda Mitchell

District - Heart of TX
Vice Chair - Linda Hesse South Plains
Secretary -
Members
Alicia deJong-Davis - Rio Grande
Patricia Gleason-Wynn - Tarrant County
Patti Harkins - Harris County
Barbara King - West Central
Cathy Pope - South Plains
Mary Pat Smith - Capital


Insurance

To identify insurance needs and research possible solutions that address insurance matters, especially as they affect seniors.

Chair -

District -
Vice Chair - Robert "Capt Bob" Bratcher Harris County
Secretary - Allen Wiatrek Alamo
Members
Elgin G. Davis - Deep East TX
James Rivers - Tarrant County


Retirement & Aging

Supporting the Aging Texas Well program, prepares resolutions for the protection and well being of Texas seniors on issues that relate to housing, employment, medical care, taxes, licenses, fees and other issues concerning with the health, retirement programs, property and other assets of retired and all aged Texans.

Chair - Irene Andrews

District - Central Texas
Vice Chair - Paul Furukawa Bexar County
Secretary - Maryann Barthelemy Harris County
Members
Leo Alarcon - Coastal Bend
Joann Blackmon - South Plains
Gerardo "Tito" Camacho - Rio Grande
Albert B. Campbell - Brazos Valley
Stephen A. Coycault - Harris County
Gloria Henderson - Concho Valley
Martha H. Jackson - Central Texas
Barbara Lampert - West Central
Elsie Whiteside - East TX


Rural-Urban

Resolutions that reflect the needs of aging Texans we serve in the rural - urban Texas communities, about issues which are unique to the rural – urban community.

Chair - Sharon Brazeal

District - Texoma
Vice Chair -
Secretary - Perry Slagle Brazos Valley
Members
Scott Christensen - Brazos Valley
Betty C. Hooey - Dallas County
Gerald Johnson - Rio Grande
Anne Mazone - Brazos Valley
Willie E. Parker - Deep East TX
Brigitte R. Rogers - Concho Valley


State Affairs

Align the duties and responsibilities with the Texas House of Representatives State Affairs Committee and Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee while adjusting any conflicts with issues assigned to other LIC committees.

Chair - Michael A. Sandoval

District - Capital
Vice Chair - Pat J. Porter Permian Basin
Secretary - Mari Okabayashi Harris County
Members
Presley Donaldson - Heart of TX
Carolyn Dorsey - Coastal Bend
Jene Liaci - Bexar County
Debbie Milner - Capital
Linda H. Parrish - Capital


Utilities & Natural Resources

Consider all agricultural, environmental, natural resources and utilities issues.

Chair - Wayne Merrill

District - Concho Valley
Vice Chair - Jerome Doerrie Panhandle
Secretary - Mary Jo Collins South Plains
Members
Garrett Dorsey - Coastal Bend
Walter Graham - West Central
Charlotte Parks - East TX
Carol Peters - Capital
Ross Rolirad - Texoma


Communications

The prime responsibility of this committee is the preparation, printing, and distribution of journals, Bylaws, Manuals, and Handbooks. The Committee shall prepare statewide media releases for the Speaker’s approval. This Committee shall file copies of the District news releases of each respective District TSHL member. The Editor of the TSHL Newsletter shall be appointed by the Speaker.

Chair - Linda Timmerman

District - Heart of TX
Vice Chair -
Secretary - Bobette Doerrie Panhandle
Members
Scott Christensen - Brazos Valley
Marlene A. Cohen - Dallas County
Stephen A. Coycault - Harris County
Joe C. Dale - Texoma
Elgin G. Davis - Deep East TX
Paul Furukawa - Bexar County
M. Dolores Garcia - South Plains
Trini Garza - Dallas County
Doris Griffin - Bexar County
Linda Hesse - South Plains
Gerald Johnson - Rio Grande
Barbara King - West Central
Barbara Lampert - West Central
Judy LeUnes - Brazos Valley
Charlotte Parks - East TX
Carol Peters - Capital
Cathy Pope - South Plains
Paul Stempko - Capital
VaLita Waits - East TX
Allen Wiatrek - Alamo
Sue S. Wilson - Capital


Elections & Credentials

Responsible for monitoring the election of TSHL members statewide; verify that Area Election Steering Committees are formed before election date; conduct TSHL officer elections, monitor committee elections; conduct election of resolution priorities.

Chair - Mike Meier

District - Central Texas
Vice Chair - Irma Cauley Brazos Valley
Secretary - M. Dolores Garcia South Plains
Members
Frank Archuleta - Bexar County
Nancy Byler - West Central
Gerardo "Tito" Camacho - Rio Grande
Albert B. Campbell - Brazos Valley
Presley Donaldson - Heart of TX
Patricia Gleason-Wynn - Tarrant County
Nancy O. Hardin - Bexar County
Patti Harkins - Harris County
Vi Hebert - Harris County
Joe C. Henderson - Texoma
Martha H. Jackson - Central Texas
C. Christine Johnson - Bexar County
Mary Nixon - South East
Brigitte R. Rogers - Concho Valley
Mary Pat Smith - Capital
Jean Williams - Houston-Galveston
Ira Wilsker - South East


Finance

Responsible for the fiscal matters of the TSHL All decisions affecting the fiscal responsibilities of the TSHL shall be in accord with the Memorandum of Understanding with the TSHL Foundation. The formation of the budget shall be the prime responsibility of this committee. All fund raising activities shall be approved by this committee. This committee shall have full responsibility for the Silver Directory.

Chair - Pat J. Porter

District - Permian Basin
Vice Chair - Dick Coupe Dallas County
Secretary - Barbara Williams Ark-Tex
Members
Mary Jo Collins - South Plains
Alicia deJong-Davis - Rio Grande
Walter Graham - West Central
Gloria Henderson - Concho Valley
John L. Johnson - Dallas County
Jene Liaci - Bexar County
Wayne Merrill - Concho Valley
Mari Okabayashi - Harris County
Willie E. Parker - Deep East TX
Linda H. Parrish - Capital
Jetta Roberts - Rio Grande
Ross Rolirad - Texoma
Charles Scoma - Tarrant County
Perry Slagle - Brazos Valley
Danny Volcik - Heart of TX
Earl Wall - Central Texas


Legislative Action

The primary responsibility of the Legislative Action Committee shall be to present to the Texas Legislature and the Governor the prioritized resolutions adopted by the TSHL in the TSHL Legislative Session, and then pursuing those resolutions through the legislative process.

Chair - Scott Christensen

District - Brazos Valley
Vice Chair - Paul Stempko Capital
Secretary - Sue S. Wilson Capital
Members
Irene Andrews - Central Texas
Sharon Brazeal - Texoma
Nancy Byler - West Central
Wayne Merrill - Concho Valley
Lynda Mitchell - Heart of TX
Michael A. Sandoval - Capital
Johnny Waldrip - North Central


Operations

The Operations Committee shall formulate plans and detailed logistics of all TSHL General Sessions.

Chair - Joann Blackmon

District - South Plains
Vice Chair - James E. (Jim) Hitt North Central
Secretary - Rose Timmer Lower Rio
Members
Irene Andrews - Central Texas
Maryann Barthelemy - Harris County
Sharon Brazeal - Texoma
George L. Britton, Jr. - Bexar County
Betty Jo Brown - Harris County
Jerome Doerrie - Panhandle
Garrett Dorsey - Coastal Bend
Carolyn Dorsey - Coastal Bend
Tom Hesse - South Plains
Betty C. Hooey - Dallas County
James T (Ted) Hubert, Jr. - Central Texas
Ronnie Janecka - Harris County
Anne Mazone - Brazos Valley
Debbie Milner - Capital
Lynda Mitchell - Heart of TX
Hugo R Munoz - Lower Rio
James Rivers - Tarrant County
Michael A. Sandoval - Capital
Chris Shoop - South Plains
Betty Lee Streckfuss - Harris County
Jerry R. Tyson - Bexar County
Johnny Waldrip - North Central
Elsie Whiteside - East TX