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 - Bill T. Bailey

District - Tarrant County
Vice Chair - Danny Volcik Heart of TX
Secretary - Jesus A. "Tony" Torres Dallas County
Members
Dolan Brinson - West Central
Stephen A. Coycault - Harris County
Connie Garza - Lower Rio
John L. Johnson - Dallas County
Dona Nussbaum - South Plains
Robert C. Smith - North Central


Education

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

Chair - Joe C. Henderson

District - Texoma
Vice Chair - Hugo R Munoz Lower Rio
Secretary - M. Dolores Garcia South Plains
Members
Nancy Byler - West Central
Trini Garza - Dallas County
Sherry Hubbard - Concho Valley
Jamie Larson - Central Texas
Willie E. Parker - Deep East TX
LaWynn Rogers - North Central
Linda Warner - Brazos Valley
Elsie Whiteside - East TX


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 - Warren N. Moore

District - Bexar County
Vice Chair -
Secretary - Gloria Martinez Heart of TX
Members
Barbara Aydlett - Heart of TX
Cathy Bennett - Deep East TX
Jeannie Blankenship - Harris County
Mamie H. Ewing - Harris County
Leopold C. (Polo) LaCoste, Sr. - Houston-Galveston
Joyce A. Lee - Coastal Bend
Myron Meier - Central Texas
Frances Garcia Morrow - Coastal Bend
Linda H. Parrish - Capital
Jetta Roberts - Rio Grande
Paul Stempko - Capital
Betty Lee Streckfuss - Harris County
Grady Wilkinson - Panhandle


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 - Mary Pat Smith

District - Capital
Vice Chair - Alan Abraham Panhandle
Secretary - Larry Johnson Bexar County
Members
Carolyn Arkadie - Golden Crescent
Gayle Avant - Heart of TX
Jim Endicott - Central Texas
Richard Garnett - Tarrant County
Doris Griffin - Bexar County
Sharon LaCoste - Houston-Galveston
Jene Liaci - Bexar County
Mark M. Walsh - Coastal Bend
Carolyn E. Williamson - Tarrant County


Insurance

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

Chair - Rene Wallace

District - Lower Rio
Vice Chair - Ramon H. Garcia, Jr. Middle Rio
Secretary - Mary Nixon South East
Members
James T (Ted) Hubert, Jr. - Central Texas
Don Murphy - Central Texas


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 - William Carey

District - Texoma
Vice Chair -
Secretary - Diana Lynn Greer Texoma
Members
Jane Blay - South Plains
Ruth Bowling - Dallas County
Gerardo "Tito" Camacho - Rio Grande
Albert B. Campbell - Brazos Valley
Elgin G. Davis - Deep East TX
Patricia S Dorrough - Ark-Tex
Nancy Hardin - Bexar County


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 -

District -
Vice Chair -
Secretary - Betty C. Hooey Dallas County
Members
James E. (Jim) Hitt - North Central
Gerald Johnson - Rio Grande
Don Lively - Brazos Valley
Robert Pfister - South Plains
Brigitte R. Rogers - Concho Valley
Howdy C. Smith - Lower Rio


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 - Chris Kyker

District - West Central
Vice Chair - Irma Cauley Brazos Valley
Secretary - Mari Okabayashi Harris County
Members
Sylvia Benenson - Dallas County
Robert Hawkins - Heart of TX
Carlos W. Higgins - Capital
Paula O. Johnson - Capital
Kip D. Legler - Alamo


Utilities & Natural Resources

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

Chair - Louise Butler

District - Lower Rio
Vice Chair - Robert "Capt Bob" Bratcher Harris County
Secretary - Carol Peters Capital
Members
Wayne Merrill - Concho Valley
Charlotte Parks - East TX
Pat J. Porter - Permian Basin
Rose Mary Valladolid - Rio Grande
James B. Warner - Brazos Valley


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 - Jamie Larson

District - Central Texas
Vice Chair - Larry Johnson Bexar County
Secretary - Frances Garcia Morrow Coastal Bend
Members
Carolyn Arkadie - Golden Crescent
Jeannie Blankenship - Harris County
Jane Blay - South Plains
Robert "Capt Bob" Bratcher - Harris County
Louise Butler - Lower Rio
Albert B. Campbell - Brazos Valley
Elgin G. Davis - Deep East TX
Jim Endicott - Central Texas
Trini Garza - Dallas County
Doris Griffin - Bexar County
Joe C. Henderson - Texoma
Carlos W. Higgins - Capital
Sherry Hubbard - Concho Valley
Gerald Johnson - Rio Grande
Kip D. Legler - Alamo
Charlotte Parks - East TX
Carol Peters - Capital
Howdy C. Smith - Lower Rio
Mark M. Walsh - Coastal Bend


Election & 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 - Barbara Aydlett

District - Heart of TX
Vice Chair - Leopold C. (Polo) LaCoste, Sr. Houston-Galveston
Secretary - Irma Cauley Brazos Valley
Members
Alan Abraham - Panhandle
Nancy Byler - West Central
Mamie H. Ewing - Harris County
M. Dolores Garcia - South Plains
Nancy Hardin - Bexar County
James E. (Jim) Hitt - North Central
James T (Ted) Hubert, Jr. - Central Texas
Paula O. Johnson - Capital
Sharon LaCoste - Houston-Galveston
Jene Liaci - Bexar County
Myron Meier - Central Texas
Hugo R Munoz - Lower Rio
Mary Nixon - South East
Linda H. Parrish - Capital
Brigitte R. Rogers - Concho Valley
Carolyn E. Williamson - Tarrant County


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 - Wayne Merrill

District - Concho Valley
Vice Chair - Don Murphy Central Texas
Secretary -
Members
Bill T. Bailey - Tarrant County
William Carey - Texoma
Stephen A. Coycault - Harris County
Diana Lynn Greer - Texoma
John L. Johnson - Dallas County
Chris Kyker - West Central
Dona Nussbaum - South Plains
Mari Okabayashi - Harris County
Willie E. Parker - Deep East TX
Pat J. Porter - Permian Basin
Jetta Roberts - Rio Grande
Paul Stempko - Capital
Jesus A. "Tony" Torres - Dallas County
Danny Volcik - Heart of TX
Rene Wallace - Lower Rio
Linda Warner - Brazos Valley


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 - Carlos W. Higgins

District - Capital
Vice Chair - Linda H. Parrish Capital
Secretary - Paula O. Johnson Capital
Members
Bill T. Bailey - Tarrant County
Louise Butler - Lower Rio
William Carey - Texoma
Joe C. Henderson - Texoma
Chris Kyker - West Central
Mary Pat Smith - Capital
Rene Wallace - Lower Rio


Operations

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

Chair - James T (Ted) Hubert, Jr.

District - Central Texas
Vice Chair - Cathy Bennett Deep East TX
Secretary - Joyce A. Lee Coastal Bend
Members
Gayle Avant - Heart of TX
Sylvia Benenson - Dallas County
Ruth Bowling - Dallas County
Dolan Brinson - West Central
Gerardo "Tito" Camacho - Rio Grande
Patricia S Dorrough - Ark-Tex
Ramon H. Garcia, Jr. - Middle Rio
Richard Garnett - Tarrant County
Connie Garza - Lower Rio
Robert Hawkins - Heart of TX
Betty C. Hooey - Dallas County
Don Lively - Brazos Valley
Warren N. Moore - Bexar County
Robert Pfister - South Plains
LaWynn Rogers - North Central
Robert C. Smith - North Central
Mary Pat Smith - Capital
Betty Lee Streckfuss - Harris County
Rose Mary Valladolid - Rio Grande
James B. Warner - Brazos Valley
Elsie Whiteside - East TX
Grady Wilkinson - Panhandle