Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor George W. Bush:

An Inventory of Governor George W. Bush Policy Office Records Located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, 1970, 1982-2000, bulk 1995-2000



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Title: Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records
Dates: 1970, 1982-2000
Dates: bulk 1995-2000
Abstract: The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. The office was organized around specialized issues such as education, criminal justice, health and human services, natural resources, economic development, and transportation. Records of the Policy Office during the tenure of Texas Governor George W. Bush (1995-2000) include correspondence; policy memoranda; records of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission; records of the Governor's Faith-Based Task Force and Charitable Choice; bill files; questionnaire replies; reports on, or related to, technology education and the need for a high-tech workforce; records regarding the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs' sunset process and low-income housing; and assorted pamphlets, publications, press releases, photographs, and a calendar. The materials date from 1970, 1982 to 2000, undated, with the bulk of the records dating 1995 to 2000.
Quantity: 63.25 cubic ft.
Location: The records are located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the Senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 1999 there were 198 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Thirteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Administration, Appointments, Budget & Planning, Communications, General Counsel, Legislative, Policy, Scheduling, Criminal Justice Division, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Office of Film, Music, Television and Multimedia Industries, Women's Commission, and Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.

The Policy Office helps ensure that the governor's policies are implemented by state agencies and commissions. The office is organized around specialized issues such as education, criminal justice, health and human services, natural resources, and economic development. It advises the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and develops policy options for the governor's consideration. Directors of the policy office are the governor's liaisons to state agencies and board members, and they direct special committee projects authorized by the governor. The office also recommends candidates for appointments to agency positions and assists in evaluating potential appointments. The head of the Policy Office under Governor Bush was Vance McMahan.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 9th and 10th eds., (1996 and 1999); the contents of the records; and versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)


George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

George W. Bush served as governor of Texas from January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000, resigning as governor in the middle of his second term to become president of the United States.

He challenged the incumbent governor, Democrat Ann Richards, running on promises to improve public education and to reform the juvenile justice system, welfare, and the state's tort laws -- the system under which an injured person may sue for damages. During the 74th Legislature in 1995, he worked with the Democrats who controlled both houses of the Texas legislature and managed to get bills passed that dealt with the four issues he had emphasized in his campaign. Bush was seen as pro-business and a consensus-builder.

Bush advocated and signed the two largest tax cuts to date in Texas history, totaling over $3 billion. To pay for the cuts, he sought (unsuccessfully) federal approval of a plan to privatize Texas' social services. Education reform was a priority throughout his terms, with legislation emphasizing local control of schools, higher standards, and a revised curriculum. Controversy has followed, with charter schools mired in financial scandals and protests against one test determining a child's promotion. After winning reelection in 1998, Bush began his bid for the presidency and was not as involved in the 76th Legislature in 1999.

George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Andover Academy, and received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's from Harvard Business School. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. In 1978, Bush was defeated in a run for the U.S. Congress in West Texas. He was involved in energy exploration from the 1970s into the 1980s. From 1989 until his election as governor, Bush worked with the Texas Rangers baseball organization, leading a group of partners in purchasing the team, and then serving as managing general partner. He married Laura Welch in 1977; they have two daughters.

(Sources include: Versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. The office was organized around specialized issues such as education, criminal justice, health and human services, natural resources, economic development, and transportation. Records of the Policy Office during the tenure of Texas Governor George W. Bush (1995-2000) include correspondence; policy memoranda; records of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission; records of the Governor's Faith-Based Task Force and Charitable Choice; bill files; questionnaire replies; reports on, or related to, technology education and the need for a high-tech workforce; records regarding the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs' sunset process and low-income housing; and assorted pamphlets, publications, press releases, photographs, and a calendar. The materials date from 1970, 1982 to 2000, with the bulk of the records dating 1995 to 2000.

The series Memoranda is predominantly composed of staff member and office memoranda, 1995-2000, some of which are annotated by the governor and some of which have been stamped "Governor Has Seen." The documents were created to serve as briefing memos and policy recommendations in response to issues raised by forthcoming legislation, letters from the general public, letters from state and federal officials and agencies, and issues raised by corporations. The memoranda cover a wide variety of federal, state, and local issues.

The Correspondence series, 1970, 1983-2000, bulk 1997-2000, mainly consists of incoming letters addressed to or forwarded to Policy Office staff handling specific issues. Also included are drafts of documents describing Governor Bush's initiatives across a variety of issues, apparently coordinated by Policy Office staff member Allan Rutter.

Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission records dating 1982, 1989, and 1996-1998, were maintained by the Policy Office. The materials provide evidence of the actions taken by the Commission to fulfill its mandate to develop an economic development strategic plan for Texas and provide a fresh vision for the Texas Department of Economic Development. The Governor's liaison to the Commission was Policy staff member Jimmy Glotfelty. Files contain general information on the formation and background of the Commission, information on the request for proposal process used to select a vendor consultant, materials from a number of the Commission meetings, older reports proposing strategic economic plans for Texas, and a copy of the Commission's final strategic economic development report, submitted on October 30, 1998.

Records documenting the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups and the implementation of charitable choice, dating 1993, 1996-1998 and undated, bulk 1996-1997, were also maintained by the Policy Office. Staff member Don Willett served as the Governor's liaison to the Task Force. Records concern improving the ability of faith-based groups to provide needed social services. Specifically, they provide evidence of the establishment, composition, and activities of the Governor's Task Force; provide information regarding the concept and origination of charitable choice and evidence of the efforts in Texas state agencies to implement the theory; and indicate the development of a state legislative agenda to create changes recommended by the Task Force. A number of files record the attendance of Don Willett at two workshops concerning faith based providers of social services and government cooperation with religious social ministries held at the Center for Public Justice in Washington D.C.

Questionnaires seem to have been submitted by a variety of Texas and national organizations and businesses to George W. Bush during his first gubernatorial campaign in 1994. The replies were frequently printed on Bush campaign stationery and appear to have been considered the functional equivalent of press releases. The questions and responses include promises and position statements on a wide variety of subjects, including crime, education, health and human services issues, taxes, environment, African-American issues, abortion, immigration, agriculture, gambling, insurance, energy issues, tort reform, term limits, and economic development.

The bill files contain copies of bills, amendments, bill analyses, the legislation delivery sheet, daily reports, fiscal notes, photocopied clippings, correspondence, notes, minutes, printed materials, reports, publications, agenda, legal documents and opinions, excerpts of bills, and photocopies of executive orders and proclamations, dating 1994-1999. The files cover the 74th through 76th Legislative sessions and include documentation of virtually every bill introduced during each legislative session. Numerous bills are represented only by a single House Research Organization bill analysis or a single copy of the bill. In many other cases, however, bills are presented in a number of versions, reflecting the changes and amendments made as they passed through the legislative process. In addition to the bill copies, it is not uncommon to find a variety of supporting documentation. Some of the records are annotated. With a few exceptions, subjects of the bills are too numerous and varied to list, therefore access to the majority of the records can only be provided by bill number. The following link provides a variety of information for each legislative session represented in the files and may aid researchers in searching for individual bills http://www.legis.state.tx.us/.

A variety of materials, dating 1996, 1998-2000, regard the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and problems within the agency identified by a highly critical 1999 State Auditor's report and the 2000 agency sunset review. The criticisms of the agency garnered national media attention during Governor Bush's presidential campaign. Legislation to change the operating structure of the agency was proposed and the Governor's Office became involved in the process. The materials provide considerable discussion of TDHCA areas concerned with possible corruption in the governing board and mismanagement of funds, low-income housing, community block grants, colonias, and manufactured housing. One other subject of discussion was the development of talking points, detailing TDHCA successes, intended for public release.

Technology education reports and publications, dating 1998-2000, concern technology education, the need for a larger high-tech workforce in Texas, and recommendations to address the high-tech skills gap. The materials were created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission, the Texas Governor's Council on Science and Technology, the American Electronics Association, and the Computing Research Association. Policy Office staff member Stuart Holliday appears to have worked with these materials, as his name appears in the only two extant memoranda.

Finally, the records include some assorted materials concerning the Governor's interest in promoting adoption and First Lady Laura Bush's interest in promoting early childhood development and reading initiatives. Specifically, the materials include the 1996 Report of the Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption, conference proceedings from the 1998 Governor and First Lady's Policy Conference on Early Childhood Development and Brain Research, and four Take Time for Kids booklets published by the Texas Department of Health. In addition, five photographs depict Governor Bush at, at least, two events. One calendar notes appointments of Policy Office staff covering health and human services issues.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into nine series as maintained by the Policy Office:
Memoranda, 1995-2000, 1.75 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1970, 1983-2000, bulk 1997-2000, 3 cubic ft.
Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission records, 1982, 1989, 1997-1998, 1.1 cubic ft., 19 videocassettes, and 7 audiocassettes
Records of the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups and implementation of charitable choice, 1993, 1996-1998, undated, bulk 1996-1997, 1.25 cubic ft.
Questionnaire replies, 1993-1994, undated, bulk 1994, 0.25 cubic ft.
Bill files, 1995-1999, 54 cubic ft.
Records regarding the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, 1996, 1998-2000, 1.45 cubic ft.
Technology education reports, 1998-2000, 0.25 cubic ft.
Assorted records, 1996-2000, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions, an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to each of them. The terms of access are found following the series' descriptions.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers wishing to access audiotapes and videocassettes must contact the Archives' staff to obtain the necessary equipment.

Cotton gloves will be provided and must be worn to view photographs.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
McMahan, Vance.
Willett, Don.
Glotfelty, Jimmy.
Rutter, Allan.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor's Task Force on Faith-Based Programs.
Texas. Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs.
Texas. Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption.
Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission.
Texas Council on Science and Technology.
Subjects:
Administrative agencies--Texas.
Sexual ethics--Government policy--Texas.
Technology--Vocational guidance--Texas.
Labor supply--Effect of education on--Texas.
Low-income housing--Texas.
Community development--Texas.
Emigration and immigration--Texas.
Political candidates--Texas.
Insurance--Texas.
Energy development--Texas.
Gambling--Texas.
Charity laws and legislation--Texas.
Charities--Texas.
Human services--Texas.
Religion and state--Texas.
Tourism--Texas.
Delegated legislation--Texas.
Environmental quality.
Medical care--Texas.
Economic development--Effect of education on.
Technology and state--Texas.
Telecommunication--Texas.
African-Americans.
Public welfare--Texas.
Criminal justice, Administration of--Texas.
Juvenile justice, Administration of--Texas.
Transportation--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Economic policy.
Mexican-American Border Region.
Document Types:
Proposals--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Videocassettes--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Lists--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Agendas--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Orders--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Drafts (documents)--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Questionnaires--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Audits--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Memorandums--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Clippings--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Press releases--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Rules--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Legislative records--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Minutes--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Organizational charts--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Notes--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Publications--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Reports--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Speech--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Photographs--Texas--Governors--bulk 1995-2000.
Calendar--Texas--Governors--1997-1999.
Functions:
Influencing government policy of Texas.
Influencing Texas economic policy.
Influencing Texas charity laws and legislation.
Decision making.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
These records cover a broad array of topics. Check relevant state agencies' records for additional information.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2002/151, 2005/144, 2006/390

In December 2000, Governor George W. Bush designated the George Bush Presidential Library as the repository for the records from his tenure as Governor of Texas, under authority of Texas Government Code, Section 441.201. Shortly after he left office, the records were shipped to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas. Texas Attorney General John Cornyn ruled the records are state records subject to the Texas Public Information Act and the management of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission even after transfer to a federal facility (Opinion No. JC-0498, May 3, 2002). In July 2002 the records were transferred from the Bush Library to the Texas State Archives in Austin for preparation for research use. In June 2003, a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and George W. Bush replaced a January 2002 interim memorandum of understanding. Additional records were transferred by the Governor's Office to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on May 18, 2005 and August 1, 2006. The records were moved to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in February 2013.

Processing Information

Nancy Enneking, January 2003

Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO, July 2003

Policy Office records recreated as a stand-alone finding aid to comply with TARO file size restrictions by Tonia J. Wood, January 2004

Folder listing for bill files added by Nancy Enneking, February 2004

Correspondence series and calendar added, corrected, and made DACS compliant by Tonia J. Wood, November 2006

Finding aid updated by Tonia J. Wood, April 2013


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Memoranda, 1995-2000,
1.75 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration. Records comprise memoranda, letters, clippings, lists, reports, press releases, agenda, legislative records, and printed materials of the of the Governor's Policy Office during the terms of George W. Bush, 1995-2000. Vance McMahan was the head of the Policy Office under Governor Bush. The records are predominantly composed of staff member and office memoranda, some of which are annotated by the governor and some of which have been stamped "Governor Has Seen." When a memo has been annotated by the governor, it is often a photocopy of the original. Occasionally a letter that resulted in a policy discussion has been included with the memoranda; some of these letters are copies of letters found in the Policy Office series Correspondence or the Correspondence/Constituent Services series Central correspondence file. Additional letters, draft response letters, clippings, and other items providing background information or support for the stated position can also, on occasion, be found with a policy memo.
Staff memoranda were created by the staff members of the Policy Office. Many memoranda were routed to Governor Bush through higher level officials such as Joe Allbaugh (Executive Assistant to the Governor), Vance McMahan (Head of the Policy Office), Al Gonzales (General Counsel), and Albert Hawkins (Head of the Budget and Planning Office). Other memos simply passed between staff members. The documents were created to serve as briefing memos and policy recommendations in response to issues raised by forthcoming legislation, letters from the general public, letters from state and federal officials and agencies, and issues raised by corporations.
Office memoranda generally originated in one of two ways. In some cases, the memos were generated by other branches of the Governor's Office and were sent to the Policy Office either as a part of a general distribution or as items sent to Vance McMahan as head of the office. In other cases, Vance McMahan generated the memos and sent them to heads of other branches of the Governor's Office. Occasionally a memo or letter from an outside party, such as Patrick Wood, head of the Public Utility Commission, has been included.
Subjects of the memoranda cover a wide variety of federal, state, and local issues and have been listed in detail, below. The researcher should note that major subjects are listed in the order in which they were first encountered within the files; no attempt has been made to use a controlled vocabulary in the process of selecting terms. General topics included in the files cover juvenile justice, criminal justice, prison overpopulation/construction, tort reform, Medicaid, Medicare, environment, faith-based service providers, transportation, low level radioactive waste, welfare reform, pollution, economic development, business enterprises, the Texas/Mexico border region, and abstinence.
Arrangement
These memoranda are arranged as maintained by the Governor's Office: in chronological order by year or part of a year, then generally alphabetical by staff name, followed by a group of office files, except during 1997, when the office memos precede the staff memos. Staff members usually appear in alphabetical order within each year, but random variations occur. Individual memos tend to be in reverse chronological order within the records of each staff member. The order of the office memos is less organized, and only the latter years seem to be in alphabetical order by office. Slight duplication of memos in different office sections does occur. The memoranda appear to have been removed from three-ring binders while housed at the Bush Presidential Library in 2001 but, as far as can be determined, they remain in their original order.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Boundaries--Mexico.
Mexico--Boundaries--Texas.
Personal Names:
McMahan, Vance.
Subjects:
Juvenile justice, Administration of--Texas.
Criminal justice, Administration of--Texas.
Administrative agencies--Texas.
Environmental quality.
Public welfare--Texas.
Places:
Mexican-American Border Region.
Document Types:
Memorandums--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Clippings--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Reports--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Agenda--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Legislative records--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Functions:
Influencing government policy of Texas.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
These records cover a broad array of topics. Check relevant state agencies' records for additional information.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, certain legislative documents (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.106); attorney-client privilege (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.107); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117); e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.136); recipients of social services (V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Memoranda, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, November 2002
Staff memoranda, 1995
Box
2002/151-20 Jennifer Anton
[Subjects include: water; colonias]
Andy Barrett
[Subjects include: water quality; emissions; Hydrilla; colonia water and sewer issues; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; clean air; cooperation with the Mexican state of Tamaulipas on environmental matters; coastal management; Texas Coastal Coordination Council; Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission; and vehicle inspection and maintenance programs ]
Dan Bartlett
[Subjects include: organizing conferences on criminal justice issues; Turn Around Texas programs; juvenile crime; drug trafficking; incarceration of illegal aliens; criminal justice fund allocation; Juvenile Probation Commission; Texas Youth Commission; and construction of secure juvenile facilities]
Danner Bethel
[Subjects include: Texas Structural Pest Control Board; school integrated pest management programs; and Historically Underutilized Businesses]
Beth Ann Bryan/Mary Morales
[Subjects include: Texas Teacher Retirement System and school-to-work programs]
Jimmy Glotfelty
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: Telecommunication Infrastructure Funds; pager companies; low income housing; low income housing tax credits; Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs; electric deregulation; Texas State Energy Conservation Office; Historically Underutilized Businesses; technology conferences; NASA; Blue Ribbon Tilt-Rotor Task Force; "Osprey" airship; Johnson Space Center; telecommunications; and workers' compensation ]
Cathy Herasimchuk
[13 folders]
[Folder #6 contains possibly excepted information: possible home address of a public university professor]
[Subjects include: Board of Pardons and Paroles; Texas Youth Commission; juvenile incarceration facilities; parole protest letters; juvenile gun possession; "Weapons Watch" program; out-of-state inmates; Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the Code of Criminal Procedure; code and statute revisions; Juvenile Justice Task Force; community peacekeeping; juvenile street gangs; Tony Fabelo, Criminal Justice Policy Council; Ruiz lawsuit; prison overcrowding; anti-crime programs; project "Re-Enterprise;" mentally impaired offenders; community corrections programs; inmate labor; Judicial Advisory Committee; co-mingling of juvenile and adult offenders; proposed and passed legislation; parole releases; Mothers Against Drunk Driving; drug treatment; tours of correctional facilities; inmate litigation; and juvenile justice]
Rob Lindsey/Sylvia Brittain
[Subjects include: Republican Governor's Association; National Governors' Association; federally qualified health centers; federal block grants; analysis of proposed legislation; and children's services]
Roger Mulder
[Subjects include: Pantex; nuclear weapons stockpile; low-level radioactive waste; Yucca Mountain, Nevada; and radioactive waste storage - high level, mixed, and transuranic]
Marc Samuels; Beverly Jimmerson; Kimberly Sims
[Subjects include: dentistry; proposed legislation re: adding an office of administrative rule review to the Governor's Office; Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; immunizations; animals re: agriculture; property rights; and the Endangered Species Act ]
Vicky Tynan
[Subjects include: adoption; dropouts; welfare reform; workforce development; and the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness]
Vance McMahan
[Subjects include: crime; incarceration; community policing; juvenile crime; affirmative action; personnel matters; tort reform; Western Governor's Association; joint and severability law; and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act]
Others
[3 folders]
[The files contain the memoranda of Allan Rutter and Mike Meece, subjects include: transportation; Texas-Mexico border trucking; motor vehicle safety; speed limit repeal; highway spending; roadside vegetation management; NAFTA corridors; I-35 and I-69; U.S.-Mexico border crossings; speed limit violation notifications; South Orient Railroad and Burlington Northern/Santa Fe merger; and analysis of proposed legislation re: tort reform, code amendments and revisions, and the Ruiz lawsuit]
Office memoranda, 1995
Box
2002/151-20 Executive; Legislative; Appointments; and Press
Scheduling [empty]; Administration/Human Resources; Budget and Planning
General Counsel
[3 folders]
Mrs. Bush's Office [empty]; Mansion [empty]; Secretary of State
Office of State-Federal Relations
[2 folders]
Correspondence [empty]; Other
Staff memoranda, 1996
Box
2002/151-20 Vicki Anderson; Andy Barrett/John Howard;
[Subjects include: school-to-work programs; transportation of nuclear weapons; grandfathered air emission sources; Don Henley and the State of the Bay Symposium; and air quality]
Dan Bartlett; Danner Bethel
[Subjects include: auto insurance rates; oil and gas policy; Northridge Acres Estate; energy, natural resources, telecommunications; water shortage; and National Governors' Association educational advisors ]
Jimmy Glotfelty
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: 1989 Texas economic development plan; "National NetDay;" Texas Infrastructure Fund; Texas Finance Commission; Texas Railroad Commission; oil overcharge funds; Texas Public Utility Commission; area codes; and Historically Underutilized Businesses]
Beverly Jimmerson
[Subjects include: Dr. Burzynski; closure of the Travis State School for the Mentally Retarded; and adoption]
Ron Lindsey
[5 folders]
[Folder #1 and folder #5 contain possibly excepted information: recipients of social service]
[Subjects include: aid for disabled individuals, food stamps; constituent needs and complaints; welfare reform; adoption; block grants; child support; nursing homes; the Republican Governor's Association; Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services; vendor drug reimbursement; National Governors' Association; and Family Day Care home services]
Margaret LaMontagne [empty]; Roger Mulder
[Subjects include: mixed oxide fuel; low-level radioactive waste disposal; Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission; Mexico; Bureau of Economic Geology; Pantex; and Los Alamos National Laboratory]
Allan Rutter
[11 folders]
[Subjects include: speed limits; commercial drivers licenses; truck weights; NAFTA; federal highway funds; Highway Trust Fund; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Dredging; Amtrak; Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance facility; Texas Transportation Commission; American Airlines and British Airways agreement; Kaufman Highway; State Highway 34; Texas Turnpike Authority; federal surface transportation reauthorization; federal transportation appropriations; federal budget status of Highway Trust Funds; federal aviation program reauthorization; Union Pacific-Southern Pacific merger; Railroad Commission of Texas; Anzalduas Bridge; and County Courthouse Programs]
Kimberly Sims
[Subjects include: rural competitiveness; reforestation; Conservation Work Corps; nature tourism; boating safety; and golden eagle release]
Johnny Sutton
[Subjects include: Texas Code of Criminal Procedure revisions; out of state juvenile offenders; and Texas Youth Commission commitments and capacity]
Vance McMahan
[Contains possibly excepted information: home address of public employee and possible e-mail address]
[Subjects include: federal welfare reform; personnel issues; annexation; no-fault divorce; substance abuse; and Coastal Bend designation]
Don Willett
[Subjects include: higher education performance measures; faith-based advisory task force; equal rights for homosexuals; charitable choice; and teenage pregnancy]
Office memoranda, 1996
Box
2002/151-20 Executive
Legislative [empty]; Appointments [empty]; Press [empty]; Scheduling [empty]; Administration/Human Resources [empty]
Budget and Planning
[2 folders]
General Counsel
Correspondence [empty]; Mrs. Bush's Office [empty]; Mansion [empty]; Office of State-Federal Relations [empty]; Secretary of State [empty]; Vance McMahan
Others
[2 folders]
[Folder #2 contains possibly excepted information: pager number of state employee]
Office memoranda, 1997
Box
2002/151-20 Executive [empty]; Legislative [empty]; Appointments [empty]; Press [empty]; Scheduling [empty]; Mrs. Bush's Office [empty]; Secretary of State
Office of State-Federal Relations
Budget and Planning
[4 folders]
General Counsel
[3 folders]
Administration/Human Resources [empty]; Constituent Services/Ombudsman [empty]; Mansion [empty]; House Committees/Senate Committees; Other [empty]
Staff memoranda, January-October, 1997
Box
2002/151-20 Dan Bartlett
[Subjects include: border patrol agents; illegal gun sales; and vetoed 74th Session legislation]
Danner Bethel
[Subjects include: House Interim charges and staff assignments; sunset review schedule; tobacco legislation; and the Southern States Energy Board ]
Jimmy Glotfelty
[4 folders]
[Subjects include: Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission; National Federation of Independent Businesses; educational technology; technology companies; oil overcharge contracts; and Ericsson, North America; electric deregulation; Y2K - plan of action; Texas Energy Coordination Council; and GTE]
John Howard
[4 folders]
[Subjects include: emission reduction and grandfathered programs; air quality; environmental cleanup programs; Southwest Travis County Water District; water planning; water rights; groundwater; vehicle emissions testing; Federal Safe Drinking Water Act; Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission; Texas Water Development Board; Coalition of Republican Environmental Advocates; Environmental Protection Agency; run-off waters; water quality; New Mexico; environmental issues with Mexico; ozone; and carbon pollution]
Beverley Jimmerson
[Subjects include: guardianship for incompetent adults and Health Professional Shortage Areas]
Ron Lindsey
[Contains possibly excepted information: possible recipient of social services]
[Subjects include: TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families]; welfare; insurance complaints; welfare-to-work; Texas Department of Human Services; nursing homes; funding public hospitals; faith-based welfare reform; cyclospora outbreak; the Governor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities and children's health care]
Allan Rutter
[13 folders]
[Subjects include: Texas Workers Compensation Insurance Fund and income taxes; highway trust fund contributions; National Governors' Association Transportation Task Force; roads and road construction; commuter lanes; Amtrak; Texas Department of Transportation; federal highway program reauthorization; Anzalduas international crossing; CCC Information Services; user-fee airports; historically underutilized businesses; recreational trail development; Union Pacific Railroad; Johnson Creek Linear Park; customs agent; federal transportation acts; Building Efficient Surface Transportation and Equity Act of 1997; Texas State Office of Risk Management; Welfare-to-Work Summit; U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; US 71; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; Texas Workers Compensation Commission; and roads near the San Marcos outlet mall]
Kimberly Sims
[Subjects include: Parks and Wildlife Code and deer management ]
Johnny Sutton
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[Subjects include: Texas Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants Project Re-Enterprise; Habitat for Humanity jail chapter; parole violators held in county jails; and abolition of parole ]
Jim Underwood
[5 folders]
[Subjects include: Capital Area Workforce Development Plan; food stamp waivers; Upper Rio Grande Local Workforce Development Board; immigration policy issues; abstinence education; workforce development issues; Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness; Texas Workforce Commission; job training; Dallas Workforce Board; drug sanctions for welfare recipients; welfare reform and legal immigrants; National Governors' Association projects; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families]
Don Willett
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: family-friendly policies; volunteer opportunities; welfare reform; Governor's Commission on Men; summary of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; faith-based drug treatment; unemployment compensation; and medical volunteer liability]
Vance McMahan
[3 folders]
[Subjects include: tort reform; welfare reform; uninsured motorists; social service transportation issues; National Governors' Association issues; and legal immigration]
Box
2002/151-21 Interns
[Subjects include: victim notification]
Staff memoranda, November 1997-May 1998
Box
2002/151-21 Danner Bethel
[Subjects include: Trees for Texas]
Jimmy Glotfelty
[4 folders]
[Subjects include: Y2K; Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission; Richardson Telecom Corridor Council's CEO's; Texas Manufacturing Assistance Centers; Texas Manufacturing Institute; low-income housing tax credit; Raytheon; Transboundary Environmental Monitoring and Emergency Response System proposal; and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair]
Anne Heiligenstein
[Subjects include: indigent health care; emergency medical services trauma funding; early childhood development; Texas Department of Health and Human Services; sexual predator commitment; immunizations; insurance; and state agencies dealing with the mentally ill ]
John Howard
[5 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[Subjects include: low-level radioactive waste; water rights; Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission; Houston ship channel; Coastal States Organization; Texas/New Mexico Border; paint emissions; Exxon's grandfathered facilities; county land use control; the Gulf of Mexico; Kopperl Independent School District septic system; and brownfields]
Ron Lindsey
[Subjects include: sunset reviews of health and human services agencies; children's insurance; welfare-to-work; and neighborhood based services]
Vance McMahan
[3 folders]
[Subjects include: point of service/health care data; parole/life without parole; juvenile crime and drug offence data; abstinence programs; religious freedom; and issue groups]
Allan Rutter
[14 folders]
[Subjects include: Texas Railroad Commission; railroads; toll roads; State Highway 161; State Highway 190 conversion to the President George W. Bush Turnpike; Texas Department of Transportation; commercial drivers licenses; Public Transportation Conference; Longhorn Foundation use of state parking garages; gas tax allocations as per. U.S. House bill; block grants; ISTEA; Southern Governor's Association; Texas Motor Transportation Association; roads and road expansion; Eagle Pass international bridge; auto insurance rates; Louisiana auto insurance; El Paso roads (Artcraft); Coast Guard drug enforcement; road improvements; hazardous materials routing; courthouse restoration projects; and traffic count procedures]
Coby Shorter
[Subjects include: rice export assistance; shrimp farming; endangered species; and concentrated animal feeding operations]
Johnny Sutton
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: gang database; juvenile gun violations; criminal justice initiatives; Texas Spotlight Program; death penalty for juveniles; gun detectors; juvenile justice; and Governor's Crime team discussions]
Jim Underwood
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: abstinence education; summer youth programs; local control of workforce policy; Tarrant County Service Delivery Area; Kelly Air Force Base closure; workforce grants; Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness; Coastal Bend service delivery area; Food Stamp Employment and Training program; and refugee resettlement]
Don Willett
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: Human Rights Commission; Texas Public Finance Authority; equal opportunity employment; national abstinence evaluation; breast-feeding; union dues; Lone Star Leaders initiative; childhood development; and religious freedom restoration]
Miscellaneous [empty]; Stuart Holliday; Dan Bartlett
[Subjects include: V-22 Osprey; tilt-rotor; patient protection and managed care; and HMO's and point-of-service]
Staff memoranda, June-December 1998
Box
2002/151-21 Danner Bethel [empty]; Jimmy Glotfelty
[Subjects include: Y2K issues]
Anne Heiligenstein
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: Children's Trust Fund; Health and Human Services databases; lawsuits re: American With Disabilities Act and Medicaid; ADAPT, disability rights organization; and child care tax incentives]
Stuart Holliday
[3 folders]
[Subjects include: Symposium on Economic Development through Entrepreneurship; Texas/France relations; oral rabies vaccine; Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission report; economic development; Texas/Mexico border trade and economic development; foreign journalists; Texas Army National Guard deployment to Bosnia; Boeing; and Puerto Rico ]
John Howard
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: environmental stewardship; web page modifications; water quality funding; Western Governor's Association; emission reductions; El Paso water; global warming; Enron; environmental summits; Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission; Edwards Aquifer; and pollution reduction]
Ron Lindsey
[Subjects include: workforce programs; abstinence education funding; Viagra; Medicaid; Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; child nutritional program funding cuts; Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness; insurance costs; and Churchill medicaid fraud lawsuit]
Vance McMahan
[Subjects include: welfare-to-work; charitable gift annuities; Protective and Regulatory Services; juvenile crime reduction; America's moral depletion; religious freedom; napalm; and electronic commerce and government]
Allan Rutter
[5 folders]
[Subjects include: Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund; public access to judicial records; Texas Motor Transportation Association Safety Management Council; Union Pacific rail line relocation; Corpus Christi highway-rail corridor; Artcraft Road (Texas/New Mexico); Automobile Theft Prevention Authority funding issues; and electronic toll collection]
Coby Shorter
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: oyster harvesting; plain habitat stewardship; Australian cattle and quarantine; donated hay staging locations; hay distributions; grazing and haying of Conservation Reserve Program acres; Yturria addition to national wildlife refuge; dry hydrants; Matagorda Island dispute; American Heritage Rivers; and the Rio Grande]
Johnny Sutton
[Subjects include: Tony Fabelo and National Research Council Panel on juvenile crime]
Jim Underwood
[5 folders]
[Subjects include: Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Workforce Investment Act; workforce development; welfare-to-work; Texas Family Independence Plan; unemployment rates; local workforce development plans; welfare restructuring; and dislocated workers policy]
Don Willett
[3 folders]
[Folder #2 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[Subjects include: TEG education funds; school voucher initiative; child support non-payment issues; Happy Hill Farm Academy/Home; Hispanic business and education statistics; Y2K issues; minority faith-based leaders; and abstinence]
Miscellaneous; Becky Armendariz
[Contains possibly excepted information: possible personal/family telephone number of a state official or employee]
[Subjects include: mandatory release of inmates; Texas State Board of Barber Examiners; Texas Cosmetology Commission; certification exams in Spanish and languages other than English; and electric utility deregulation ]
Office memoranda, 1998
Box
2002/151-21 Executive; Legislative; Appointments [empty]; Press [empty]; Scheduling [empty]; Mrs. Bush's Office [empty] ; Secretary of State; Office of State Federal Relations
Budget and Planning
[5 folders]
[Folder #1 contains possibly excepted information: possible e-mail address and possible home addresses of state officials or employees]
General Counsel; Administration/Human Resources; Constituent Services/Ombudsman [empty]; Mansion [empty]; House and Senate Committees [empty]; Other [empty]
Office memoranda, 1999-2000
Box
2002/151-21 Administration/Human Resources [empty]; Appointments [empty]; Budget and Planning; Constituent Services/Ombudsman [empty]; Executive [empty]; First Lady [empty]; General Counsel
House and Senate Committees [empty]; Legislative [empty]; Mansion [empty]; Office of State-Federal Relations; Press [empty]; Scheduling [empty]; Secretary of State; Other [empty]
Staff memoranda, 1999
Box
2002/151-21 Becky Armendariz
[Subjects include: government automation initiatives; e-rate program; and statement to oil workers]
Lynn Denton [empty]; Anne Heiligenstein
[Subjects include: nursing home liability insurance; tobacco cessation campaign; and summaries of positive Texas organizations for possible website display]
Stuart Holliday
[Subjects include: oral rabies vaccine program; anti-drug efforts; Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Texas National Guard downsizing; regulating software engineers; Puerto Rican statehood; Olympic/Pan American Games bids; trade with China; and donations for national World War II memorial]
Ron Lindsey/Laura Lawlor
[Subjects include: Medicaid managed care and justification for combining Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Department of Human Services]
John Howard
[4 folders]
[Folder #2 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[Subjects include: air quality; Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission; low-emission vehicle standards; ozone standards; emissions from grandfathered facilities; Longhorn Pipeline; national wildlife refuge acquisitions; low-level radioactive waste disposal; Texas Forest Service aid to Mexico; sewage sludge treatment; groundwater; wetlands; list of environmental and natural resources stewardship achievements; nuclear fuel; Environmental Defense Fund; outer continental shelf revenue legislation; Midlothian cement kiln; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and U.S.-Mexico border governors]
Vance McMahan
[3 folders]
[Subjects include: handgun violence reduction; support services for the elderly; transferring care of terminally ill Texas Department of Criminal Justice patients to Medicaid; National Governors' Association meeting topics; education policy; outer continental shelf; investment of non-renewable resource revenues; tax policy; economic development; human resources; natural resources; Southern Governor's Association; personnel issues; patient choice; and the Texas Insurance Purchasing Alliance]
Allan Rutter
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[Subjects include: Texas Department of Transportation performance review; Texas/Mexico border transportation; hurricane evacuation plans; and the Texas, Mexico, and Asian Alliance - multi-county trade and economic development group]
Coby Shorter
[Subjects include: Texas Farm Bureau speech; Austin's Woods Conservation Initiative; Mexican tariffs on U.S. beef; national wildlife refuge acquisitions; endangered species; livestock related pollution; dairy producers; and nuisance vegetation and brush control]
Johnny Sutton
[Subjects include: annual reporting for parolees; Texas Police Corps; Texas Department of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education; juvenile justice alternative education; post-adjudication detention facilities funding; Texas Youth Commission; and juvenile sentencing options]
Jim Underwood
[4 folders]
[Subjects include: abstinence campaign; unemployment insurance trust fund; workforce training; Workforce Investment Act; Border workforce training; Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness; summer youth employment and training; welfare reform; consolidated welfare/workforce agency theory; TANF (Temporary aid for Needy Families]; and the Texas Department of Human Services' "Texas Works " program]
Don Willett [empty]; Miscellaneous/Interns
[Note: the section for Don Willet is empty, however the section for Miscellaneous/Interns contains memoranda authored by Don Willett]
[Subjects include: charitable choice; community services block grant; religious freedom restoration; faith-based service groups; Fair Labor Standards Act; teen pregnancy/adult fathers; and minimum wage]
Lynn Denton; Tony Gilman
[Subjects include: hospitals and health care organizations; literacy; early childhood education; reading; immunizations; Mexico and crude oil antidumping petition; Puerto Rican statehood; and social security reform]
Staff memoranda, 2000
Box
2002/151-21 Becky Armendariz [empty]; Tony Gilman; Anne Heiligenstein [empty]
[Subjects include: genetic testing statutes]
Stuart Holliday; John Howard; Laura Lawlor; Vance McMahan
[Subjects include: Texas Exile, crime control; Texas Department of Economic Development; airport expansion and emissions reduction; fisheries legislation and market-based conservation; grandfathered facilities and clean air; low-sulfur gasoline; and the Texas Head Start State Collaboration Office]
Allan Rutter
[2 folders]
[Subjects include: county courthouse preservation; truck safety; tort reform savings for insurance; Southwest Movers Association; naming of Department of Public Safety facility; commercial driver's license; ]
Coby Shorter; Johnny Sutton; Jim Underwood [empty]; Don Willett [empty]; Miscellaneous [empty]
[Subjects include: agricultural mediation program and coerced drug treatment]



 

Correspondence, 1970, 1983-2000, bulk 1997-2000,
3 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. The office was organized around specialized issues such as education, criminal justice, health and human services, natural resources, and economic development. Records are correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed material, speeches, maps, court documents, and an executive summary, 1970, 1983-2000, bulk 1997-2000, maintained by the Governor's Policy Office during Governor George W. Bush's tenure. The series mainly consists of incoming letters addressed to or forwarded to Policy Office staff handling specific issues. Subjects include agriculture, criminal justice, defense, economic development, environment, housing, insurance, international affairs, military, technology, transportation, volunteerism, welfare reform, and workers' compensation. Correspondents include Governor's Office staff, state and federal agencies, businesses, organizations including the National Governors' Association, and concerned citizens.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by year, then by staff member and topic by State Archives staff to correspond with the arrangement of the Memoranda series. Records had been removed from folders by Governor's Office staff. The only discernible order was groupings by staff member and topics handled by that staff member within each year, and filing notations penciled on some documents by Policy Office staff. Several groups of correspondence are filed at the end because there was no evidence assigning the topic to a single individual (National Governors' Association 1995-1999, and Southern Governors' Association, 2000) or because the file spanned several years (Major Dean Roome file).
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2005/144, 2006/390
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Governor's Office on May 18, 2005 and August 1, 2006.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); medical records (Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(d)); attorney-client privilege (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107); agency memoranda (Texas Government Code, Section 552.111); e-mail addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); and social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Tonia J. Wood, October 2006
Box
2002/151-373 1996
Transportation, Allan Rutter, NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) trucking
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
1997
Agriculture, Kimberly Sims and Coby Shorter:
Agritech Corridor and Brownsville Reservoir
Texas Agriculture Mediation Program
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Criminal justice, Johnny Sutton:
Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the Code of Criminal Procedure
Texas Commission on Jail Standards
[10 folders]
Environment and natural resources, John Howard:
Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan ozone nonattainment area
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9708270106]
Grandfathered air emission sources
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
TNRCC (Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission):
Texas Clean Fleet Program
Clean Rivers Program
Ten State Retreat: A Regional Approach to the U.S.-Mexico Border Environment
[2 folders]
Research and special projects, Don Willett:
Welfare reform and faith-based groups
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Unemployment compensation
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
TXCVCS (Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service)--Texas Challenge and America's Promise
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
State-federal, Vance McMahan, securities litigation reform
Technology and housing, Jimmy Glotfelty:
Year 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Housing--Windcrest Crossing
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Transportation, Allan Rutter:
Traffic accidents and speed limits
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Drug Offender's Driver's License Suspension Law
1998
Criminal justice, Johnny Sutton, Texas Commission on Jail Standards
Defense, economic development, and international affairs, Stuart Holliday:
Economic development--Border and strategic planning
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9805200140]
Economic development--Defense
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9805070109; 9806150116]
International affairs--Visits, meetings, resources
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9809160150; 9809210240; 9809210211]
Military
[Contains possibly excepted information: privacy]
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9806090228; 9808310117]
Military--National Guard OCONUS (outside the continental United States) training
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9810310021; 9811200006]
Military--Nominations, recommendations
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9804210359; 9808270242; 9809300334]
Miscellaneous--Early childhood intervention, death penalty survey
[Contains possibly excepted information: email address]
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9806090290]
Thank you letters
Environment and natural resources, John Howard:
Air quality--Emissions and Greater Texoma Air Quality Coalition
Border
Invitations/meetings
Military bases--clean up
Oil and gas--Outer Continental Shelf
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9805120347]
Oil and gas--Wise County gas well pollution
Water--Brownsville Weir and Lake Naconiche
Water--Western States Water Council
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9801140078]
Policy Office Director Vance McMahan, policy analysis exercise and Council of State Governments
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9801060346]
Research and special projects, Don Willett, faith-based groups
Technology, Jimmy Glotfelty, International Science and Engineering Fair and Smart Jobs
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9803250057]
Transportation, Allan Rutter:
Air--Texas-Japan airline routes
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Automobile Theft Prevention Authority
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Border--Bridges and border crossings, Motran
Border--La Linda bridge
Border--NAFTA LTSS (North American Free Trade Agreement, Land Transportation Standards Subcommittee), 1994, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Border--Trucking
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Driver's license--Compliance certification
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Driver's license--Graduated licensing, 1996, 1998
Funding--Texas Transportation Funding Coalition
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Funding--Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Highways--Vernon/Wilbarger County U.S. Highway 283 proposal
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Invitations/speaking engagements
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Invitations/speaking engagements--North Texas Regional Transportation Summit
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Rail--Rail Advisory Committee and Northside Highway-Rail Corridor
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Rail--Surface transportation reauthorization
Rail--Union Pacific
[3 folders]
[Folder 3 contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Toll--Electronic toll collection and congestion pricing
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Toll--State highway conversion to tollway, 1995, 1998
[3 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Trails--El Camino Real
[2 folders]
Miscellaneous--License plates, state parking garages, and traffic hazards
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Workers' compensation and miscellaneous, Allan Rutter:
Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund
[3 folders]
[Folders 1 & 2 contain possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
TWCC (Texas Workers' Compensation Commission) and safety awards
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
THA (Texas Hospital Association)
HUBs (historically underutilized businesses) and public information
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
1999
Defense, economic development, and international affairs, Stuart Holliday:
Economic development
[3 folders]
[Folder 1 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9903010141]
[Folder 3 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9904190428; 9909210153]
Economic development--Defense
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9903310624; 9907301103]
Economic development--International
[4 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: email address]
[Folder 1 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9902260392; 9903110133]
[Folder 4 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9911090063]
Economic development--Space
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9910040062]
International affairs
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9902160126; 9903010138; 9903160360]
Military
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9904130293; 9904130609; 9910150035]
Military--Air National Guard--Major Robert Starks
Military--Coast Guard
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9908270091]
Military--National Guard OCONUS training
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9909170136]
Military--Strategic Military Planning Commission
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9901220281; 9901140268; 9901220203]
Olympic/Pan Am Games
Box
2002/151-374 Environment and natural resources, John Howard:
Border
[2 folders]
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)/Gulf of Mexico Program
Erosion
Keep Texas Beautiful
Lakeway
Outer Continental Shelf
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9904080473]
Pecan Grove
[6 folders]
[Protests against Figure Four Partners' proposed wastewater treatment plant in Pecan Grove.]
Public Utility Commission rules
[2 folders]
San Bernard River
[2 folders]
[Protests against Phillips Petroleum proposed petroleum coke transportation project in Brazoria County.]
[Contains possibly excepted information: email address]
TNRCC
TNRCC--Environmental Enforcement Task Force
TNRCC--Water quality standards
Trust for Public Land
U.S. Department of Energy
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9912100051]
Water--Aqua Water Supply Corporation
Water--Western States Water Council
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9904270059; 9909130107]
Western Governors' Association and wind energy
World Energy (Biodiesel)
Housing, Becky Armendariz, lead-based paint training and colonias telemedicine
Research and special projects, Don Willett, TXCVCS (Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service)
Transportation, Allan Rutter:
Border--Mexico's highway system
Border--Meetings, El Paso signs, trucking, LTSS
Highway--Katy Freeway expansion project
Motor fuel tax
Rail--Houston and Gulf Coast Railroad
Toll roads
TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation)--EEO (equal employment opportunity) report
Trails--Chisholm Trail
Trails--Millenium legacy trails--Austin and Dallas Metroplex
Trails--Millenium legacy trails--Nacogdoches
Workers' compensation, Allan Rutter, Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund
2000
Banking, Becky Armendariz
Defense/military, Stuart Holliday/Becky Armendariz:
Defense--Economic development
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2004170290]
Defense--Regional Terrorism Policy Forum
National Guard
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2002170055]
National Guard--OCONUS
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2001100199; 2004110220; 2006130459]
Economic development, international affairs, Stuart Holliday:
Aerospace
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2003270030; 2006140453]
Economic development--Minorities and international
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2006290001]
International visits
Mexican cement dumping
Environment and natural resources, John Howard:
Biodiesel; Colonias in Fort Bend County, 1996, 1998, 2000
Correspondence/complaints, 1999-2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: email address]
Ethanol
Ethanol/fuel cell technology
Grandfathered air emissions
Groundwater--Lost Pines
Gulf of Mexico Program
Harper Industries; Hazardous Waste Research Center
Landfills
Landfills; Lone Wolf Resources LLC; NELAC (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference)
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2005080117]
Oxy Permian; Outer Continental Shelf; Pantex
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2003280072]
Red Bluff Water Power Control District; Sabine River Authority
Steel Recycling Institute; Storm water; TXU Electric & Gas; Trinity Aquifer
Texas Environmental Education Partnership (TEEP) Fund Board
TNRCC--Enforcement
[3 folders]
TNRCC--Texas Environmental Excellence Awards, Sewage sludge
TNRCC--Solid waste management plan
WGA (Western Governors' Association)--Enlibra
Housing, Becky Armendariz:
Texas ROSE (Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy, Inc.), 1999-2000
HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act) data; Affordable housing position paper
TDHCA (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs) 2001-2003 State of Texas Consolidated Plan--draft for public comment
[2 folders]
TDHCA summary of proposed changes for the 2001 Qualified Allocation Plan
TDHCA 2001 State of Texas Low Income Housing Plan and Annual Report--draft for public comment
[2 folders]
Insurance, Allan Rutter:
January-June 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
June-July 2000
August 2000
September 2000
Quarterly Legislative Report on Market Conditions, October 2000
October-November 2000
Miscellaneous, Allan Rutter:
Courthouse preservation
Historically underutilized businesses (HUBs)
Light pollution; Building Codes and Standards Conference; GSC (General Services Commission)
Oil and gas, Becky Armendariz
Research and special projects, Don Willett, TXCVCS (Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service)
Box
2002/151-375 Technology
Transportation, Allan Rutter:
Air--Federal aviation reauthorization bill; UPS (United Parcel Service) to China, 1999-2000
Air--Houston Airport System
Air quality; American Infrastructure Consortium; Internet auto sales
Border
[2 folders]
Border safety inspection facilities
DPS (Department of Public Safety) facility naming
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Drivers' license certification
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Rail
Rail--Austin light rail proposal
Reports--Unclogging America's Arteries: Prescriptions for Healthier Highways, 1999-2000
Reports--Saving Time, Saving Money: The Economics of Unclogging America's Worst Bottlenecks
Reports--Economic Benefits of Uniformity in Oversize/Overweight Permitting
Seat belts/safety/transportation of school children
TXDOT
[2 folders]
TXDOT--EEO quarterly activity report (ending November 30, 1999)
TXDOT--LTSS quarterly reports
Trails
Trails--Chisholm Trail
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Transportation funding
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
TTI, TWG (Texas Transportation Institute, Technical Working Group for Mobile Source Emissions)
[3 folders]
Branch pilots; Toll roads; Marine industry
Workers' compensation, Allan Rutter:
Workers' compensation--General
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: privacy, agency memoranda]
Status of House Bill 3697 research studies
Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Drafts, Governor Bush initiatives, Allan Rutter, March-May 2000:
[All folders contain possibly excepted information: agency memoranda]
Natural resources; Children's health
Gun laws; Hate crimes
Gun laws; Poverty; Health insurance and health care
Schools; Abortion; Illegal drugs
Student achievement/accountability; School choice; Indigent defense in death penalty
Child abuse and neglect
Student achievement/accountability; Limiting government growth; Anti-gambling initiatives; Tobacco fee litigation; Reducing abortions
Combating illegal drugs; Immigration
Higher education; Health care funding
Disabilities--the Olmsted ruling; Housing and community affairs
Technology and telecommunications; Teen pregnancy/abstinence education
Immunization; Medical liability reform; Food stamps
Colonias; Campaign finance reform; Ethics and open government; Lone Star Leaders; Reducing abortions
Youth tobacco prevention; Workforce development; Adoption
Correctional officer pay raise; Transportation
Workforce development; Health care--patient protections
Domestic violence; Adoption; Lone Star Leaders
Immunization; Cancer
Health care--patient protections; Poverty; Domestic violence
Welfare to work; Child care
Environment; Kemp's Ridley sea turtles; Low-level radioactive waste; Auto emissions
National Governors' Association, 1994-2000
1994-1995
[3 folders]
[Folder 3 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9507240036]
1996
1997-1998
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9811100483]
1999
[2 folders]
[Folder 1 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9908030249]
2000
[Folder contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2004190113; 2005090121; 2005050032]
Southern Governors' Association, 2000
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2007310162]
Major Dean Roome file, 1970, 1983-2000
[All folders contain possibly excepted information: privacy, medical records, attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda, social security numbers]
Revised application for correction of military records, 1985, 1987, 1996-1997, 2000
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 2003220148]
Re: request for letter of support from Governor Bush, 1970, 1993-1994, 1996-1998
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number(s): 9805200221]
Letters from David Van Os to Stuart Bowen, 1995-1999
Court documents, 1993-1994
Memo and correspondence, February, April, June 1999
TXANG AFBCMR (Texas Air National Guard Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records), Docket No. 90-00116, Major Dean Roome, 1985, 1987, 1996-1997
TXANG AFBCMR, Docket No. 88-01523, Colonel Maurice Udell, 1984, 1988, 1997
TXANG AFBCMR, Biography and resume, Colonel Maurice Udell, about 1995
Correspondence, 1993-1994, 1996-1998
Correspondence and memo, March, April, June 1999
Correspondence and application for correction of military records, 1985, 1987-1988, 1996-1998
Publication, proceedings, application, 1983, 1990-1991, 1994, 1996-1997
Military records, correspondence, statutes, 1984-1987, 1989-1991
Correspondence and memos, 1998-2000



 

Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission records, 1982, 1989, 1997-1998,
1.1 cubic ft., 19 videocassettes, 7 audiocassettes

Under Texas Governor George W. Bush, the Policy Office within the Office of the Governor helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. The Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission was charged with developing an economic development strategic plan for Texas and providing a fresh vision for the Texas Department of Economic Development. The Governor's Office was to create the commission and ensure that its recommendations were implemented. Records comprise proposals, meeting supporting documentation, videocassettes, audio cassettes, memoranda, correspondence, minutes, agenda, notes, reports, lists, resumes, applications, drafts, and press releases, dating 1982, 1989, and 1996-1998, of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission as maintained by the Governor's Policy Office under Governor George W. Bush. The Governor's Office liaison to the commission was Policy staff member Jimmy Glotfelty.
The first set of files contains general information on the formation and background of the Commission. Memoranda, bill copies, and other documents detail the history and intended functions of the Commission at, and shortly after, its legislative creation. Letters from Texas state agency heads assist in developing topics for Commission consideration. A few files contain background information on Texas economic development issues, while others contain multiple annotated drafts of the Governor's Office's request for proposal [RFP] and a vendor consultant proposal received prior to the official RFP process. Finally, a number of resumes, applications, and lists provide information on the Commission board members.
Additional files contain information on the RFP process used to select a vendor consultant. The materials include a copy of the Governor's Office's original request for proposal, notes on the merits of the received proposals, evaluation forms for each of the received proposals, and finally the proposals submitted by various vendor consultants. The successful proposal submitted jointly by Deloitte & Touche, LLP and Angelou Economic Advisors, Inc. is not present in the files.
Records for each of the documented Commission meetings frequently include minutes and agenda, followed by handouts and statements distributed as a part of the testimony given during the course of the meeting and some occasional working files. The Committee held meetings each month between December 1997 and July 1998, but the meetings originally planned for June and July, at which public testimony was to be heard, are not represented in the files. The records of the meetings held in December 1997 and January and February 1998 have only been maintained in paper format. Record of the March meeting consists almost exclusively of a videotape of the proceedings. The April meeting is documented in paper files, on video, and, uniquely, on audio tape. The May meeting is represented exclusively in video format. Topics discussed in the meetings included workforce demographics, workforce development, education, methods of attracting business to Texas, taxes and tax policy, technology, agri-business, marketing, tourism, tort and regulatory reform, transportation, telecommunications, and the Texas economy.
Finally, the records include older reports proposing strategic economic plans for Texas that may have been submitted to the Commission during its meetings, but were filed and maintained separately. The final item in the series is a copy of the Commission's final report, submitted on October 30, 1998. No record of the August-October report drafting process appears in these files.
Historical Sketch
The Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission was created by Senate Bill 932, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, 1996. The commission was charged with developing an economic development strategic plan for Texas and providing a fresh vision for the Texas Department of Economic Development. The Governor's Office was to create the commission and ensure that its recommendations were implemented. The commission was required to submit a strategic plan to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House no later than November 1, 1998.
The commission was allowed to review statutes, administrative rules, and other state actions that negatively affected the business and economic development in Texas. The resulting strategic plan was to develop a long range domestic and international economic development plan; identify ways to encourage investment in rural Texas; identify Texas' competitive advantages and disadvantages; recommend changes to improve the business climate; create a permanent economic development information network; evaluate other states' economic development programs for possible adoption in Texas; study the effects of consolidating programs at the Texas Department of Economic Development; and develop measurable economic development goals.
The commission was made up of eleven public members appointed by the Governor, two senators appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and two representatives appointed by the Speaker. The members were: Chair, F.L. (Steve) Stephens; Vice-Chair, David Sampson; Senator David Sibley; Senator Frank Madla; Representative Rene Olivera; Representative Kenny Marchant; David E. Allex; Pamela S. Autrey; Martin Basaldua, M.D.; Bruce Evans; Curtis C. Griffith; Gurumurthy Kalyanaram; Adrian Reyes; Kathleen Hartnett White; and Horace Wilkins. Staff support and funding was provided primarily by the Governor's Office. The commission's organizational meeting was held on December 5, 1997. Subsequent meetings were planned for each month until August, at which time the commission would begin to write its report. The Commission's final report was submitted to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House on October 30, 1998.
As a part of the Commission planning process, the Governor's Office requested proposals from vendors/consultants to provide services to develop a strategic economic plan and related services. The successful vendor was to produce a ten-year strategic economic development plan for Texas in accordance with the findings of the Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission. The report was to be completed on or soon after October 1, 1998. The vendor was to be present at each of the Commission meetings and available to be used as a resource. It was also to provide expert opinion at the discretion of the presiding officer, assist in planning and conducting the meetings, and coordinate with the staff of the Texas Department of Economic Development, the Science and Technology Council, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Texas Workforce Commission, the comptroller, and other agencies. The proposal submitted jointly by Deloitte & Touche, LLP and Angelou Economic Advisors, Inc. was awarded the vendor contract.
Arrangement
The original order of the records has been lightly modified by State Archives staff to arrange the records in chronological order. Supporting materials and a copy of the Commission's final report follow at the end. The initial files contain general information on the Commission, followed by information on the RFP process. Materials for each of the documented Commission meetings appear next; minutes and agenda have been filed first, followed by handouts and statements distributed as a part of the testimony. Audio and video tapes have been separately housed but are listed in their original file location.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Glotfelty, Jimmy.
Corporate Names:
Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission.
Subjects:
Labor supply--Effect of education on--Texas.
Economic development--Effect of education on.
Delegated legislation--Texas.
Technology and state--Texas.
Telecommunication--Texas.
Tourism--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Economic policy.
Document Types:
Proposals--Texas--Governors--1997-1998.
Videocassettes--Texas--Governors--1997-1998.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Governors--1997-1998.
Drafts (documents)--Texas--Governors--1997-1998.
Press releases--Texas--Governors--1997-1998.
Functions:
Influencing Texas economic policy.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
None.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117); e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.136); drivers license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.130); recipients of social services (V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003); and certain commercial information (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.110), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
Researchers wishing to access audiotapes and videocassettes must contact the Archives' Preservation Officer to obtain the necessary equipment.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission records, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, December 2002
General information
Box
2002/151-22 Web page information, 1998
Memo to the Governor, 1997
Steve Stephens outline, undated
Bill Hammond letter, 1997
Economic development contacts, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
Seline RFP proposal [Seline is the managing partner of The Jacob-Lewis Group], 1997
David Allex letters, 1996-1997
Texas Department of Transportation study information, 1997
Maquiladora information, 1997-1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
Statute, 1997
[2 folders]
Member lists, 1997, undated
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses; possible home addresses of government officials and employees]
Articles and reports, 1996, 1997
Picture with Governor Bush memo, 1998
RFP [Request for proposal] information, 1998
[Board member applications and resumes], 1996-1997
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: drivers license numbers; home addresses, telephone numbers, and personal information of state officials and employees (both board members and some of their references); and e-mail addresses]
Request for proposal [RFP]
Box
2002/151-22 Request for Proposal: Services to Develop a Strategic Economic Development Plan for Texas, Office of the Governor, 1998
[Notes], undated
[Contains possibly excepted information: personal telephone number of possible state official or employee]
[Proposal evaluation forms], 1998
[2 folders]
The Jacob-Lewis Group proposal, 1998
The Jacob-Lewis Group, [Addenda I], 1994-1996
[2 folders]
The Jacob-Lewis Group, Addenda II and qualifications, 1998
VCI [Virtual Consulting, Inc.] proposal, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Standard & Poor's DRI proposal, 1998
Market Street Services, Inc. proposal, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Angelou Economic Advisors, Inc., certification of account status, 1998
The WEFA Group proposal, 1998
[fax copy]
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
The WEFA Group proposal, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Carrera Consulting Group, 1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
SRI International proposal, 1998
[4 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: certain commercial information (552.110) and e-mail addresses]
Meeting #1, December 3, 1997
Box
2002/151-22 Agenda
Minutes
Sign in list
[Outlook Texas articles], September 1997
Meeting #2, January 14-15, 1998
Box
2002/151-22 Agenda
Minutes
Testimony:
H. Dane Harris
Steve Murdock
[5 folders]
[Consists solely of a February 1996 report, Texas Challenged: The Implications of Population Change for Public Service Demand in Texas]
Lane Lanford
Robert Wilson
Lane Lanford [handouts]
Speakers information
[empty]
[Loose working papers]
[3 folders]
[Folders 2 and 3 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses; and home address and telephone number of state official or employee]
Meeting #3, February 5-6, 1998
Box
2002/151-22 Agenda
Minutes
Testimony:
Don Hoyte
John Goodman
Larry Paul Manley, TDHCA [Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs]
Matt Brockman, TDA [Texas Department of Agriculture]
Dick Lavine
[4 folders]
Peggy Venable
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Bill Hammond, TWC [Texas Workforce Commission]
Cassie Carlson Reed, TxDOT [Texas Department of Transportation]
[2 folders]
Mark Langdale, TDED [Texas Department of Economic Development]
Extra testimony
[12 folders]
Meeting #4, March 11-12, 1998
Box
2002/151-22 Minutes
Index of testimony
Bush-Video-Box
1 [Recording of meeting],
[7 VHS videocassettes]
Meeting #5, April 16-17, 1998
Box
2002/151-22 Agenda
Testimony:
Background [George Scott]
Paul Serff
Dick Trabulski
Barry McBee
Jeffery Yarbrough
David Spence
Ken Legler
Don Hansen
Texas Municipal League
David Spence
Supporting documentation:
Panel #1
[also includes meeting agenda, notes, and a memorandum]
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses; home address of state official or employee]
Panel #2
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Panel #3
Panel #4
Panel #5
[Regulatory reform notebook],
[11 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: possibly certain commercial information (552.110)]
Bush-Audio-Box
1 [Recording of meeting],
[7 audio cassettes]
[Note side B of tape #4 is blank]
Bush-Video-Box
2 [Recording of meeting],
[6 VHS videotapes ]
[Note the first 7 minutes and 45 seconds on tape #1 are blank, as are the first 3 minutes and 8 seconds on tape #5. The correct date on tape #5 does not appear on the tape until almost 3 minutes and 55 seconds into the tape.]
Meeting #6, May 13-14, 1998
Bush-Video-Box
1 and 2 [Recording of meeting],
[6 VHS videotapes]
Past reports
Box
2002/151-23 Past studies information, 1989, 1998
[Includes a copy of A Strategic Economic Plan for Texas, submitted by the Strategic Economic Policy Commission to the 71st Session of the Texas Legislature]
Texas 2000 report, 1982
[2 folders]
Texas Strategic Economic Development Plan, 1998-2008, submitted in 1998
Texas Strategic Economic Development Plan, 1998-2008, Appendix, submitted in 1998



 

Records of the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups and the implementation of charitable choice, 1993, 1996-1998, undated, bulk 1996-1997,
1.25 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. The Governor's Task Force on Faith-Based Programs was created in May 1996 through Executive Order (GWB 96-5) to survey Texas' legal and regulatory landscape to identify obstacles to faith-based groups, and recommend ways Texas could create an environment in which these groups could thrive, free of regulations that dilute the "faith factor." Records consist of printed materials, correspondence, lists, minutes, agenda, meeting supporting documentation, clippings, pamphlets, reports and studies, notes, copies of executive orders, publications, newsletters, and memoranda dating 1993, 1996-1998 and undated, bulk 1996-1997. The records were maintained by the Texas Office of the Governor's Policy Office under George W. Bush and document the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups and the implementation of charitable choice. Policy Office staff member Don Willett was the Governor's liaison to the Task Force. Records concern improving the ability of faith-based groups to provide social services and the implementation in Texas of the federal charitable choice program.
As maintained in the Governor's Office, the materials fall into what seem to be three general sections, though some files in each section contain records relating to all three areas. The initial records primarily concern the establishment, composition, and activities of the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups. (Note that the body is also known as the Governor's Task Force on Faith-Based Programs and other variants using some combination of the terms Faith-Based and Task Force.) The files contain organizational materials, background materials, contact information for members, correspondence and memoranda concerning the various opinions and perspectives of the Task Force members.
The Task Force held four meetings, on June 11, July 16, August 8, and August 27, 1996, in which the members addressed issues including the role of state licensing and contracting in faith based service ministries, child day-care, crime and substance abuse, health care, implementation of the Congressional "Charitable Choice" Act, and self-help initiatives and community development corporations. The June and July meeting files contain minutes and agenda, the August 8th meeting file contains only agenda, and the August 23rd meeting file contains neither. The August 8th meeting does not appear to have been open to the public and only part of the August 23rd meeting may have been open to the public, no minutes from either of these two meetings are included in these files. The records include copies of both the full and executive summary versions of the Task Force's December 1996 final report.
The next set of records provides information on the concept and origination of charitable choice, evidence of the efforts in Texas to implement the theory, as mandated by Bush's Executive Order GWB 96-10, and the development of a state legislative agenda to create changes recommended by the Task Force. Materials include copies of executive orders, agency correspondence regarding their implementation plans and activities, clippings, and even a few draft versions of the Task Force's final report. A substantial implementation plan from the Texas Department of Human Services [DHS] is present, as are materials relating to the April 9, 1997 DHS conference on the implementation of charitable choice.
Finally, a number of files record the attendance of Don Willett, of the Governor's Policy staff, at two workshops held at the Center for Public Justice in Washington D.C. The first workshop, in August 1996, discussed government cooperation with religious social ministries, while the second, in February 1997, was concerned with faith based providers of social services.
Historical Sketch
Governor Bush created the Governor's Task Force on Faith-Based Programs in May 1996 through Executive Order (GWB 96-5) to (1) survey Texas' legal and regulatory landscape to identify obstacles to faith-based groups, and (2) recommend ways Texas could create an environment in which these groups could thrive, free of regulations that dilute the "faith factor." (Note that the body is generally referred to as the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups, but is also known by number of variants using some combination of the terms Faith-Based and Task Force.) The impetus behind the formation of the Task Force may have been the passage of federal legislation entitled The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, H.R. 3734, 104th Congress, 2d Session, P.L. 104-193, part of the 1996 federal welfare reform bill. The purpose of Section 104 was to allow states to contract with charitable, religious or private organizations, when they (the states) entered into purchase of service agreements or voucher arrangements with non-governmental organizations under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Charitable Choice also applied to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and to the food stamp and Medicaid programs to the extent that the state used contracts or vouchers with non-governmental providers.
The Task Force was comprised of sixteen clergy and volunteer leaders from across Texas. Members included Dr. Thomas W. Currie III (Chairman), Reverend Monsignor Dermot N. Brosnan, Margaret K. Brown Dudar, Reverend Freddie Garcia, Brother Cecil Hawkins, Chaplain Gilbert Herrera, Gerald Jimenez, J. Herbert Meppelink, D.R. "Duke" Millard III, Dr. G. Dean Posey, Mary Como Randall, Elizabeth Darling Seale, Reverend Coby Shorter III, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Waters, and Fred S. Zeidman. Policy Office staff member Don Willett was the Governor's liaison to the group. This theologically, denominationally, ethnically, and geographically diverse body met four times between May and December of 1996 and presented a written report, Faith in Action, and recommendations to Governor Bush on December 17, 1996. The report addressed two major areas; 1) the need for improvement in areas, such as state licensing and contracting, that hindered the ability of faith-based groups to aid the public, and 2) the possibilities of assistance offered by faith-based groups in the areas of child day-care, crime and substance abuse, health care, self-help initiatives and community development corporations, and the implementation of the Congressional "Charitable Choice" Act.
In December 1996, in part due to the findings of the Task Force, the Governor issued an Executive Order (GWB 96-10) directing state agencies to begin aggressive implementation of the landmark charitable choice provision of the federal welfare law, inviting private and religious charities to deliver welfare services while at the same time guarding the religious integrity of participating groups and religious freedom of beneficiaries. The Governor's Executive Order requested several state agencies to submit a report, by May 1997, of each agency's plan to implement the letter and intent of the charitable choice provision. The agencies involved were the Texas Department of Human Services (DHS), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Youth Commission, the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Texas Department on Aging, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, and the Texas Health and Human Services Coordinating Council.
The majority of the agencies responded with letters indicating their plans, current activities, and proposed memorandums of understanding with other agencies. DHS, as a part of its implementation process, formed a task force to identify what the agency was already doing, what the barriers (perceived and real) to implementing charitable choice were, and what recommendations and actions the agency would take. During the first phase of the study, the work group convened a one day conference in April 1997, inviting representatives of faith-based and nonprofit organizations to discuss and identify some issues and challenges and network to expand DHS's community collaborations. DHS's implementation report was submitted to the Governor on May 1, 1997 and the actual work of implementation continued into 1998.
For further information on charitable choice, see the TWC website at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/svcs/charchoice/chchoice.html.
Additionally, the work of the Task Force resulted in the passage of four pieces of legislation during the 75th Session of the Texas Legislature in 1997. House Bill 2481, sponsored by Representative David Swinford and Senator David Sibley, exempted non-medical faith-based drug and alcohol treatment programs and counselors from state licensure and regulation. House Bill 2482, sponsored by Representative John Smithee and Senator David Sibley, permitted child-care providers and child placing agencies to be accredited by recognized, private sector entities instead of being licensed by the state. Senate Concurrent Resolution 44, by Senator David Sibley and Representative David Counts, encouraged the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the Texas Youth Commission, the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, and law enforcement agencies to use faith-based programs to help criminal offenders and those at-risk turn their lives around. Finally, House Bill 21, by Representative Frank Corte and Senator Robert Duncan, shielded from legal liability those who donate medical equipment and medical supplies to non-profit medical providers for use in providing free or reduced cost health care.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in several general sections by State Archives staff, first the files on the formation and activities of Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Group, then the files concerning the implementation of charitable choice, finally workshop materials from the Center for Public Justice. Within each section the files are in order as they were received.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Willett, Don.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor's Task Force on Faith-Based Programs.
Subjects:
Human services--Texas.
Charities--Texas.
Medical care--Texas.
Charity laws and legislation--Texas.
Community development--Texas--Religious aspects.
Religion and state--Texas.
Charities, Medical--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Lists--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Pamphlets--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Reports--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Orders--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Publications--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Newsletters--Texas--Governors--bulk 1996-1997
Functions:
Influencing Texas charity laws and legislation.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
None.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111), home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), and e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.136), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Records of the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups and the implementation of charitable choice, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, December 2002
Reviewed for changes in Public Information Act, Tonia J. Wood, November 2003
Governor's Advisory Task Force on Faith-Based Community Service Groups
Box
2002/151-23 Introductory drafts, 1996
1-pager [summary], [1997]
Governor's talking points on poverty, undated
[Contains possibly excepted information: home telephone numbers of state officials or employees]
Memo, Willett to senior staff, November 6, 1996
Press release/rosters, May 1996
[Contains possibly excepted information: home addresses and telephone numbers of state officials or employees]
Executive Order GWB 96-5, 1996
Faith in Action..., executive summary, December 1996, April 1997
[2 folders]
Legal/legislative overview (Bowen), undated
Final report [Faith in Action...], full, December 1996
[5 folders]
General notes and correspondence, 1996-1997
[4 folders]
[Folders #1 and #2 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses, home telephone numbers of state officials or employees]
George W. Bush letter to members, May 2, 1996
Mailing lists, 1997, undated
[Contains possibly excepted information: home telephone number of government official or employee]
Contacts, undated
Task force meeting:
June 11, 1996
[2 folders]
July 16, 1996
August 8, 1996
August 27, 1996
[Planning materials for release of Task Force report], December 17, 1996
[Contains possibly excepted information: Home telephone numbers of state officials or employees]
CAM [Christian Assistance Ministries] Ministries, 1996
Report action items, [1996-1997]
Correspondence to Governor, 1997
[3 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Letter from McMahan, January 3, 1997
Letter to witnesses, July 23, 1996
[2 folders]
Dissenters objections, [1996]
Printing estimates, 1996-1997
Humor, undated
Articles: federal faith-based, 1995-1996
[3 folders]
Articles: religion/volunteerism (general), 1995-1997
[3 folders]
Faith based legislation since 1971, 1996
Selected bibliography, undated
Task force model, 1993
[Contains possibly excepted information: possible home address and telephone number of a state official or employee]
Travel information, undated
Faith based organizations in Texas, 1996
[5 folders]
Barriers to faith based, Christian Law Association, 1996
[2 folders]
Articles: federal welfare reform, 1995-1996
[5 folders]
[Folder #5 contains possibly excepted information: possible e-mail addresses]
Articles: Sharp and Family Pathfinders, 1996
Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina statutes, 1996
[4 folders]
Articles: Texas welfare reform, 1996
Articles: Governor's Task Force on Faith-Based ..., 1996
[2 folders]
[Minutes, member responses, and background materials], 1996
[13 folders]
[Folder #5 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9608050012]
[Folders #6 and #8 contain possibly excepted information: home telephone numbers and addresses of state officials and employees]
Faith-Based Task Force legislative research, 1996
[4 folders]
Charitable choice implementation
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2002/151-23 Q and A's, undated
Executive Order 96-10, 1996
Faith based examples, 1997
Governor's faith based agenda, 1996-1997
Federal welfare reform, 1996
[3 folders]
Articles, 1996
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Ashcroft charitable choice provision, 1996
Studies (CRS [Congressional Research Service?], Esbeck, etc.), 1996-1997
[3 folders]
[File #2 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Texas Department of Human Services [DHS] materials, 1997
[4 folders]
[Includes materials relating to the DHS April 9, 1997 conference on the implementation of charitable choice.]
[Folder #4 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
CRS [Congressional Research Service] memos, 1996
Correspondence with state agencies, 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses; Home telephone numbers of state officials or employees]
Legislative Budget Board spreadsheet, 1997
Vouchers (implications), 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
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2002/151-24 General, 1996-1997
[3 folders]
[Folder #2 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Implementation, 1997-1998
[3 folders]
[Folder #3 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Agency reports, 1997
[2 folders]
Governor's faith based legislative agenda, [1997]
Faith based legislation press release, June 12, 1997
Bush and faith based, general, 1996-1997
Governor's article for Jeb Bush, 1997
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9804050254]
Guide to charitable choice, 1997
[2 folders]
[Contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
Center For Policy Justice workshop materials
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2002/151-24 Government Cooperation with Religious Social Ministries, August 2-3, 1996
[7 folders]
[Folders #1 and #5 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Faith Based Providers, February 21-22, 1997
[6 folders]
[Folders #1 and #3 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]



 

Questionnaire replies, 1993-1994, undated, bulk 1994,
0.25 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. Records comprise questionnaire replies and a few original questionnaires, 1993-1994, undated, bulk 1994, maintained by the Texas Office of the Governor's Policy Office during the terms of George W. Bush. The majority of the documents appear to be photocopies and some are annotated. A few replies take the form of letters. Questionnaires seem to have been submitted by a variety of Texas and national organizations and businesses to George W. Bush during his first gubernatorial campaign in 1994. [See the folder inventory below for a complete list of the organizations represented in the files.] The replies were frequently printed on Bush campaign stationery and appear to have been considered the functional equivalent of press releases, particularly those responses to questions submitted by news media organizations. A number of the original questionnaires were not maintained, but the replies include copies of the original questions. A single document appears to be a summary of questionnaire responses. The questions and responses include promises and position statements on a wide variety of subjects, including crime, education, health and human services issues, taxes, environment, African-American issues, abortion, immigration, agriculture, gambling, insurance, energy issues, tort reform, term limits, and economic development.
Arrangement
While at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station questionnaire replies were removed from binders and placed into three folders. The replies have since been refoldered individually by State Archives staff and listed under the submitting organization or business in the order in which they were found. A document that appears to be a summary of questionnaire responses are located in the first file listed below. Where the questionnaires are dated, they appear to be in rough order according to the response deadline.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Political candidates--Texas.
Human services--Texas.
African-Americans.
Abortion--Texas.
Emigration and immigration--Texas.
Gambling--Texas.
Insurance--Texas.
Energy development--Texas.
Political campaigns--Texas.
Public officers--Term of office--Texas.
Document Types:
Questionnaires--Texas--Political campaigns--bulk 1994.
Letters--Texas--Political campaigns--bulk 1994.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
None.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Questionnaire replies, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, November 2002
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2002/151-21 Bush questionnaire replies, undated
League of Women Voters, 1994
Pro-Family Coalition, 1994
ATPE [Association of Texas Professional Educators], 1994
Amarillo Globe-News, 1994
United We Stand, undated
AIMPAC [AIM Management Group, Inc. Political Action Committee?], 1993
Today Newspapers, undated
Kilgore News Herald, 1994
TASB [Texas Association of School Boards], undated
Free Market Foundation, 1994
NRA [National Rifle Association], 1994
FWST [Fort Worth Star Telegram], undated
KERA-DMN [Dallas Morning News], undated
DMN [Dallas Morning News], 1994
Texas Association of Insurance Agents, undated
League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund, 1994
TIPRO [Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association], undated
Coalition for North Texas Children, undated
Project Vote Smart, 1994
AAS [Austin American-Statesman] questions, 1994
Printing Industries Association of Texas, undated
Enron, undated
Houston Chronicle, 1994
S-R Texas [?], undated
Texas Publishers Association, undated
Texas Junior College Teachers Association, 1994
Fort Worth Star Telegram, undated
Texas Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, undated
Hill Country Cattlewomen's Association, 1994
Taxpayers for Accountability, 1994
Texas Constitutional Coalition, 1994
Environmental Compliance Reporter, undated
High Society, 1994
PEACE [Project to End Abuse through Counseling and Education?], 1994
Houston Defender, undated
Denton Record-Chronicle, undated
Take Back Texas, 1994
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 1994
San Angelo Times, 1994
El Paso Times, 1994
The Subcontractor, 1994
Amarillo Globe-News 1994
Dallas Family, 1994
Americans for Truth in Education, 1994
El Paso Herald, 1994
The Texarkana Gazette, 1994
NAACP, [1994]
Junior League of Waco, undated
San Angelo Standard-Times, 1994
NASA, October 31, 1994
Texas Agricultural Council, 1994
Texas Association of College Teachers, 1994
KJBC, undated



 

Bill files, 1994-1999,
54 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. Records comprise copies of bills, amendments, bill analyses, the legislation delivery sheet, the Governor's bill analysis, daily reports, fiscal notes, photocopied clippings, correspondence, notes, minutes, printed materials, reports, publications, agenda, legal documents and opinions, excerpts of bills, and photocopies of executive orders and proclamations, dating 1994-1999, that make up the bill files maintained by the Texas Office of the Governor's Policy Office during the tenure of George W. Bush, 1995-2000. The files cover the 74th through 76th Legislative sessions and include documentation of virtually every bill introduced during each legislative session. Numerous bills are represented only by a single House Research Organization bill analysis or a single copy of the bill. In many other cases, however, bills are presented in a number of versions, reflecting the changes and amendments made as they passed through the legislative process. The most common versions include filed, House/Senate committee substitutes, amendments, engrossed, enrolled, and "as passed and sent to Governor." In addition to the bill copies, it is not uncommon to find bill analyses created by the legislative branches, legislation delivery sheets, the Governor's Office/Legislative Steering Group bill analysis, fiscal notes, committee reports, notes taken by Governor's office staff during committee hearings, version comparisons, correspondence (some copies, some original), and related clippings and printed materials. In addition, files from the 75th Legislature can contain notes taken by Governor's Office staff in legislative committee meetings, copies of minutes of legislative committee hearings, and, rarely, a copy of the Governor's veto proclamation. A few files contain House and Senate daily reports, standing committee hearing schedules, and copies of proclamations. Some of the records are annotated.
With a few exceptions, subjects of the bills are too numerous and varied to list, therefore access to the majority of the records is provided by bill number. The following link provides a variety of reports for each legislative session represented in the files and may aid researchers in searching for bills on relevant topics: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us. Each legislative session did have a general appropriations bill and numerous bills regarding criminal justice, education, and insurance. Additionally, at the end of the 75th Session, some bills are grouped by topics concerning managed health care, water management, and annexation. For additional records of legislative bills introduced during the tenure of Governor George W. Bush, see the series Bill files in the records of the Legislative Office.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in numerical order by legislative session as maintained by the Governor's Office. The House bills precede the Senate bills, while the House and Senate joint, concurrent, and simple resolutions often precede the bills of each respective body. Only the bills present in the files have been listed, so, for example, if bill 10 is missing the box list will skip from bill 9 to bill 11. When present, subject files, House and Senate daily reports, standing committee hearing schedules, and copies of proclamations appear following the bill files for each legislative session.
The series originally consisted of 77 cubic feet of records, each bill being housed separately, regardless of size. During processing by State Archives staff the bills were refoldered and multiple bills were housed together. The resulting removal of excess file folders and a few duplicates reduced the overall size of the series to 54 cubic ft. No informational content was lost in the rehousing process.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Managed care plans (Medical care)--Law and legislation--Texas.
Water--Law and legislation--Texas.
Annexation (Municipal government)--Texas.
Educational law and legislation--Texas.
Education--Texas--Finance.
Criminal justice, Administration of--Texas.
Insurance law--Texas.
Legislation--Texas
Bills, Legislative--Texas.
Resolutions, Legislative--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Appropriations and expenditures.
Document Types:
Legislative records--Texas--Legislation--1994-1999.
Correspondence--Texas--Legislation--1994-1999.
Bills (legislative records)--Texas--Legislation--1994-1999.
Notes--Texas--Legislation--1994-1999.
Proclamations--Texas--Legislation--1994-1999.
Functions:
Decision making.
Evaluation of legislation.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
Please contact the staff of the Texas State Archives for assistance in locating related bill materials in the files of individual legislators, committees, and in the records of the Secretary of State.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, certain legislative information (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.106); agency memoranda (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.111); home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117); e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.137); recipients of social services (V.T.C.A., Human Resources Code, Title 2, Section 12.003); account numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.136); medical information (V.T.C.A., Occupations Code § 159.002(d)); legislative correspondence (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 306), personal privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101); Auditor's Office working papers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.116); and social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Technical Requirements
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Bill files, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, February 2004
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2002/151-105 74th Legislature, 1994-1995
House Joint Resolutions 1-10, 14, 20, 30-31, 33-37, 41, 44-66, 68-82, 84-86, 88-90, 92-119, 121-132
House Resolutions 5-6, 285, 552, 1017, 1049, 1084, 1086, 1101
House Concurrent Resolutions 39, 41, 57, 65-66, 70, 73, 76, 92-93, 107, 110, 113, 121, 128-130, 132, 137, 142, 144-145, 147-148, 154, 160, 166, 170-171, 173, 182-183, 186-187, 199, 211-213, 215-216, 220-222, 225-226, 231
House Bills (HB) 1-9, 11-15, 17-24, 26-27, 29-56, 60, 65-66, 68, 72-78, 80, 82-87, 91-95, 97-100, 108-118, 120-121, 123-130, 133, 137-138, 142, 144-149, 151-179, 181-211, 213-244, 246-250, 252-265, 267-269, 271-291, 293-362, 364-369
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2002/151-106 HB 370-371, 373-428, 430-471, 473-476, 480-490, 492-493, 495-496, 498-501, 503-518, 520-523, 525-531, 533-554, 556-565, 567-571, 573-596, 599, 603, 608-609, 611-664, 666-694, 696-742, 744-757, 759-783, 785-810, 812, 814-819, 821-824, 826-828, 830, 832-843, 845-846, 849-854, 856-878, 880-891, 893-925
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2002/151-107 HB 926-930, 932-958, 960-971, 974-1001, 1003-1059, 1061-1072, 1074-1097, 1099-1172, 1174-1227, 1229-1262, 1264-1284, 1286, 1289-1356
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2002/151-108 HB 1357-1392, 1394-1459, 1461-1517, 1519-1718
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2002/151-109 HB 1718-1861, 1863-1894, 1896-1931, 1933-1959, 1961-2005, 2007-2018, 2020-2062, 2064-2127
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2002/151-110 HB 2128-2157, 2159-2245, 2247-2257, 2261-2290, 2292-2338, 2340-2452, 2454-2476
[File House Bills 2219-2229 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9506090225]
[File House Bills 2247-2257 contains correspondence assigned the following unique numbers: 9506060251; 9506070174; 9506070168; 9506080173]
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2002/151-111 HB 2477-2618, 2620-2900
[File House Bills 2766 (folder 1) contains correspondence assigned the following unique numbers: 9505050269]
[File House Bills 2766 (folder 1) contains possibly excepted information: home address and telephone number of public official or employee]
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2002/151-112 HB 2901-2952, 2954-2971, 2973-2982, 2984-3101, 3103-3158, 3160-3237
Senate intent calendar
Senate Concurrent Resolutions 1-35, 37, 41, 45-46, 52-53, 55-61, 65, 67, 70, 74, 79-80, 84-86, 88, 90, 93, 102-106, 110, 113-114, 119, 121, 123-124, 127, 130-131, 133, 135, 137-138, 141, 147-150, 154-155, 169
Senate Joint Resolutions 1-2, 4, 6-26, 28-58
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2002/151-113 Senate Resolutions 33, 35-36, 38, 41-49, 51-60, 62-66, 68-69, 78-79, 81-86, 88-89, 92, 98, 212-213, 644, 649, 760
Senate Bills (SB) 1-10, 15-42, 44-51, 54, 57-74, 76-85, 88-91, 93-99, 101
[File Senate Bills 39-42, 44-45 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9606060114]
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2002/151-114 SB 102-103, 105-115, 117-118, 120-124, 126-138, 141-162, 165-185, 187-238, 240, 242-243, 246-258, 260-269, 271-301, 303-305, 308-325, 327-334, 336-355, 357-379
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2002/151-115 SB 380-398, 400-411, 413-415, 417-446, 448-452, 455-478, 480-554, 556-563, 565-566, 569-580, 582-647, 649-733
[File Senate Bill 640 (folder 2) contains correspondence assigned the following unique numbers: 9506150098; 9506150022; 9506150137; 9506150128; 9506140131; 9506140092; 9506140090; 9506140089; 9506140180; 9506140177; 9506150088; and 9506150100]
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2002/151-116 SB 734-914, 916-938, 940-1063, 1066-1095
[File Senate Bills 1013 (folder 3) contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9506080321]
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2002/151-117 SB 1097-1318, 1320-1332, 1334-1426
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2002/151-118 SB 1427-1510, 1512-1697, 1699-1720
Proclamations
House and Senate daily reports and standing committee hearings, February 13 and 14, 1995
75th Legislature, 1995-1997
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2002/151-118 House Bills (HB) 2-4 (part)
[For additional amendments to House Bill 4 see the related House Joint Resolution 4.]
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2002/151-119 HB 4 (continued), 6-366
[For additional amendments to House Bill 4 see the related House Joint Resolution 4.]
[File House Bills 111-119 contains possibly excepted information: Federal Express account number; e-mail address]
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2002/151-120 HB 367-667, 669-820
[File House Bills 768-769 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-121 HB 821-1144
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2002/151-122 HB 1145-1452
[File House Bills 1173-1174 contains possibly excepted information: recipients of social services, common law privacy]
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2002/151-123 HB 1453-1677, 1679-1724
[File House Bills 1716-1719 contains possibly excepted information: home address of public official or employee]
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2002/151-124 HB 1725-1971
[File House Bill 1761 (folders 1 and 3 of 4) contain possibly excepted information: email addresses]
[File House Bills 1829-1835 contains possibly excepted information: home addresses of possible state official or employee]
[File House Bills 1857-1859 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[File House Bills 1971 (folder 1 of 6) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-125 HB 1972-1980, 1982-2300
[File House Bills 2059-2063 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-126 HB 2301-2387, 2389-2587
[File HB 2381-2382 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-127 HB 2588-2855, 2857-2919
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2002/151-128 HB 2920-3332
[File House Bills 2944-2945 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-129 HB 3333-3494, 3496-3610
[File House Bills 3546-3548 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
House Resolutions 3-5, 28, 298, 342, 439, 1032, 1105, 1166, 1254, 1281, 1356
House Concurrent Resolutions 1, 2, 8, 12, 13, 21, 24, 29-31, 34, 35, 38, 44, 64, 67, 79, 89, 94, 97, 102, 106, 109, 113, 118, 121, 125, 126, 130, 132, 136, 137, 139-145, 151, 161, 163, 168, 182, 183, 188, 189, 202-204, 209, 211, 212, 215-217, 257, 266, 271, 273, 278, 279, 282, 286-288, 301, 302, 309, 315, 319, 325, 331, 332
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2002/151-130 House Joint Resolutions 1-123
[Includes House Bill 4 amendments]
Senate Bill (SB) 1 (water)
[Folders 1 thru 36 of 123]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 11 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: home address of possible public official or employee]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 34 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 35 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-131 SB 1 (water)
[Folders 37 thru 101 of 123]
[Note: file 100 contains materials dated 1981-1982]
[File Senate Bill 1 (folder 76 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: personal pager number of public official or employee]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 78 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 99 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 100 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: home addresses of Texas State officials or employees]
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2002/151-132 SB 1 (water)
[Folders 112 thru 123 of 123 ]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 113 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 114 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: correspondence restricted by Texas Government Code 306]
[Senate Bill 1 (folder 115 of 123) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Senate Bills 10-99
[File Senate Bill 55 (folder 1 of 2) contains possibly excepted information: home address of public official or employee]
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2002/151-133 SB 100-152, 156, 158-249, 251-284, 286-313, 316-359
[File Senate Bills 207-210 contains possibly excepted information: home address of public official or employee]
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2002/151-134 SB 360-387
[File Senate Bill 383 (folder 2 of 2) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[File Senate Bill 384 (folder 3 of 3) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File Senate Bill 386 (folder 19 of 21) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File Senate Bill 386 (folder 21 of 21) contains possibly excepted information: names of patients mistakenly unredacted in medical grievance information; e-mail address]
Managed care:
[Note: material related to Senate Bills 382 thru 397 and 585]
Senate Interim Committe on Managed Care and Consumer Protections: A Report to the 75th Legislature, 1996
General clippings/op-ed's re: the bills
General studies, articles, etc., re: HMO's
[2 folders]
Miscellaneous information re: the HMO package
[8 folders]
[Folder 3 of 8 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-135 SB 388-641
[File Senate Bill 585 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9703270222]
[File Senate Bill 609 (folder 2 of 5) contains possibly excepted information: personal medical information]
[File Senate Bill 623 (folder 1 of 3) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-136 SB 642-685, 687-878, 880-912
[File Senate Bills 682-684 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[File Senate Bills 720-725 contains possibly excepted information: Federal Express account number; home address of public official or employee]
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2002/151-137 SB 913-1192, 1195-1235
[File Senate Bills 948-952 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[File Senate Bills 1067-1069 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 970419970309]
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2002/151-138 SB 1236-1512
[File Senate Billl 1305-1309 contains possibly excepted information: privacy (psychiatric care)]
[File Senate Bills 1445-1447 contains possibly excepted information: home address of possible state official or employee; privacy]
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2002/151-139 SB 1513-1533, 1535-1814
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2002/151-140 SB 1815-1849, 1851-1949, 1951-1958
[File Senate Bill 1899 (folders 3 thru 8 of 11) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File Senate Bill 1899 (folders 3 thru 6 of 11) contains possibly excepted information: possible home addresses and telephone numbers of Texas state officials or employees]
[File Senate Bill 1899 (folder 6 of 11) contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 9507200135]
Senate Concurrent Resolutions 1-3, 9, 13-16, 19-25, 27-28, 32, 34-36, 42, 44-45, 47-48, 50-53, 55, 58, 66, 69, 74-75, 77-78, 90, 95-96, 99, 101, 103, 105, 111, 114
Senate Joint Resolutions, 6-10, 12-48
Senate Resolutions 3, 829, 841-842, 913, 948, 956, 1006
76th Legislature, 1998-1999
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2002/151-141 House Research Organization daily floor reports, 1999:
May 21-30
May 10-20
May 3-7
April
March
February
January
House Concurrent Resolutions 11, 13, 18-19, 23, 26, 34, 59, 63, 96, 101-102, 111, 117, 119-120, 127, 132-134, 141, 155-156, 229, 234, 239, 242, 244, 249, 256, 258, 271-272, 292, 295-298, 300, 302, 310, 313-314, 319-320
House Joint Resolutions 1-62, 64-67, 69-97
House Resolutions 5, 10, 833 [Congressional Resolution], 985, 1000, 1014, 1026, 1042, 1069, 1091, 1093-1095, 1170, 1210, 1212, 1215, 1232, 1236, 1242, 1258, 1265, 1294-1295, 1300, 1303-1305, 1307, 1314-1317
House Bills (HB) 1-121, 123-160, 162-191, 193-391, 394-399
[File House Bills 147-149 contains possibly excepted information: home telephone number and personal pager of public official or employee]
[File House Bill 160 (folder 1 of 2) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File House Bills 238-245 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses; privacy]
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2002/151-142 HB 400-820
[File House Bills 735-739 contains possibly excepted information: statement of medical condition signed by a doctor ]
[File House Bills 798-800 contains possibly excepted information: home address of public official or employee]
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2002/151-143 HB 821-1215
[File House Bill 1171 contains possibly excepted information: account number]
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2002/151-144 HB 1216-1500, 1502-1533, 1535-1591
[File House Bill 1283 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-145 HB 1592-1758, 1760-1927
[File House Bill 1704 (folder 4 of 4) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-146 HB 1928-2201, 2203-2266
[File House Bills 2107-2108 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[File House Bills 2247-2249 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-147 HB 2267-2514, 2517-2617
[File House Bill 2493 (folder 2 of 2) contains possibly excepted information: social security numbers]
[File House Bills 2556-2558 contains possibly excepted information: audit working papers of the State Auditor's Office]
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2002/151-148 HB 2618-2632, 2634-2783, 2785-2898, 2900-2934, 2936-2989
[File House Bill 2977 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
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2002/151-149 HB 2990-3023, 3025-3061, 3063-3076, 3078-3147, 3149-3155, 3157-3186, 3188-3282, 3284-3297, 3299-3366
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2002/151-150 HB 3367-3382, 3384-3385, 3387-3405, 3407-3413, 3416, 3418-3678, 3680-3759, 3761-3772
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2002/151-151 HB 3773-3823, 3825-3855
Senate Bills [SB] 1, 3-52, 54-87, 89-112
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2002/151-152 SB 113-351
[File Senate Bill 247 (folders 5 and 7 of 13) contains possibly excepted information: home addresses of current or former Texas state officials or employees]
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2002/151-153 SB 352-366, 368-452, 454-574
[File Senate Bills 485-487 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Box
2002/151-154 SB 575-739, 742-744, 746-788, 790-872
[File Senate Bills 717 (folder 2 of 2) contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File Senate Bills 780-782 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
Box
2002/151-155 SB 873-1128
Box
2002/151-156 SB 1129-1133, 1135-1158, 1160-1368, 1371-1394, 1396-1420
[File Senate Bills 1352-1353 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
[File Senate Bills 1361-1366 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
Box
2002/151-157 SB 1421-1433, 1435-1477, 1479-1514, 1516-1518, 1520-1525, 1527-1628, 1630-1667, 1669-1678
[File Senate Bills 1468 (folders 3 and 7 of 7) contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File Senate Bills 1525 (folders 2, 4-5, and 7 of 7) contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[File Senate Bills 1525 (folder 4 of 7) contains possibly excepted information: statement of medical condition]
Box
2002/151-158 SB 1679-1680, 1682-1686, 1688-1691, 1693-1703, 1705-1714, 1716-1753, 1755-1835, 1838-1911
[File Senate Bills 1744-1747 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail address]
Senate Resolutions 40, 392, 605, 928, 977, 1016, 1052-1053, 1075-1076, 1085-1086, 1089, 1105, 1109, 1141, 1143, 1152-1153, 1158-1161, 1164, 1167, 1172-1175, 1180-1181
Senate Joint Resolutions 1-17, 20-45
Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2-4, 6-7, 9-15, 18-21, 23-24, 33-34, 38-40, 43, 45, 47, 56-57, 63-64, 68, 72, 75, 78-79, 84-85, 89-90
[File Senate Concurrent Resolutions 2-4, 6-7, 9 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]



 

Records regarding the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, 1996, 1998-2000,
1.45 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. Records are reports, performance reviews, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, presentation materials, press releases, rules, legislative records, newsletters, drafts, minutes, organizational charts, and notes, dating 1996, 1998-2000, maintained by the Texas Office of the Governor's Policy Office during the terms of George W. Bush. Records concern the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and problems within the agency identified by a highly critical 1999 State Auditor's report and the 2000 agency sunset review. The criticisms of the agency garnered national media attention during Governor Bush's presidential campaign. Legislation to change the operating structure of the agency was proposed and the Governor's Office became involved, especially Policy Office staff member Becky Armendariz. Correspondence and memoranda passed between staff members including Albert Hawkins, Vance McMahan, and Joe Allbaugh at the Governor's Office, Daisy Stiner (Executive Director of TDHCA) and other TDHCA staff members, legislators, and the Texas State Auditor's Office. A few items have been annotated, some by the Governor. The materials provide considerable discussion of TDHCA areas concerned with possible corruption in the governing board and mismanagement of funds, low-income housing, community block grants, colonias, and manufactured housing. One other subject of discussion in the records was the development of talking points intended for public statements detailing TDHCA successes to answer the hypothetical question "what has the Governor done to improve access to low-income housing."
Historical Sketch
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) was created on September 1, 1991 under the authority of Senate Bill 546, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session (amended by Senate Bill 1356, 73rd Regular Session, 1993) by consolidating the Texas Housing Agency and the Texas Department of Community Affairs. The creation of the single agency consolidated housing programs and provided local governments with better access to state coordination and aid in the provision of public services.
The TDHCA is Texas' lead agency responsible for affordable housing, community development and community assistance programs, and regulation of the state's manufactured housing industry. Much of the business of the agency is conducted in meetings of a number of special committees: the Audit Committee, the Finance Committee, the (Ad Hoc) Low-income Housing Tax Credit Committee, the Programs Committee, and the Manufactured Housing Committee (beginning April 1996). In addition, beginning January 1995, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board has been affiliated with the agency.
The policy-making body of the agency was a nine-member board appointed by the governor, with concurrence of the senate, for overlapping six-year terms. The board must be composed of four members with experience in housing and finance, one member from local government, one member representing low-income persons, and three members from the general public. By 2002, the board consisted of only seven-members, who hold office for staggered terms, with the terms of two or three members expiring on January 31 of each odd-numbered year. Members must be registered voters and may not hold another public office. These are non-salaried positions and the Governor designates the chair.
Through its multiple divisions, programs and offices, some of which are described below, the Department annually administers funds in excess of $380 million (fiscal year 1998), the overwhelming majority of which is derived from mortgage revenue bond financing and refinancing, federal grants and federal tax credits.
The Community Affairs Division was mandated by the legislation creating TDHCA in 1991. The division was to administer community services, energy assistance, rental assistance, and local government services programs. Most of the functions of the former Department of Community Affairs are now the responsibility of the Community Affairs Division. The Division has a number of major sections, including the Community Services Section, the Energy Assistance Section, and the Local Government Services Section (LGS).
The Community Development Block Grant Program administers the federal block grant that assists local governments in developing viable communities. The grant is administered through six funds transferred from the Texas Department of Commerce. The Community Development Fund addresses community infrastructure needs and housing assistance. The Colonia Fund is available to severely distressed unincorporated areas within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. The Planning/Capacity Building Fund provides for activities that assess local community planning needs and develop strategies to improve local capacity. The Disaster Relief/Urgent Need Fund is available as needed for state or federal disaster declaration or for an urgent need situation within the applicant's jurisdiction. The Housing (Demonstration) Fund provides grants for the development or rehabilitation of single and multi-family housing for low to moderate income individuals and families. Through 1996, the Texas Capital Fund sponsored economic development projects that created or retained permanent employment opportunities. By at least 1999, it had been replaced by the Small Towns Environment Program (STEP) Fund, which provides grant assistance to cities and communities willing to employ self-help techniques to water and sewer problems.
The Housing Finance Division was mandated by the legislation creating TDHCA in 1991. The Division took on the majority of the duties of the former Texas Housing Agency, administering programs that have helped low to moderate income individuals and families buy their first homes through the First Time Homebuyer Program, the Down Payment Assistance Program, the Home Construction and Acquisition Loan Program, the Contract for Deed Refinance Program, and the Single Family Interim Construction Program. By 1999, the Housing Finance Division was responsible for structuring, administering and monitoring the Department's Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) programs.
The Housing Programs Division, formerly called Housing Development, administers the HOME Investment Partnership Program, the Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program, the Housing Trust Fund, and Section 8.
TDHCA's Manufactured Housing Division administers the Texas Act (House Bill 785 passed during the 74th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) which ensures that manufactured homes are well-constructed and safe, that homes are installed correctly, that consumers are provided fair and effective remedies, and that measures are taken to provide economic stability for the Texas manufactured housing industry. Currently, the Manufactured Housing Division headquarters is located in Austin with eight field offices throughout Texas. The field offices are located in Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Edinburg, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, Tyler, and Waco.
The Office of Colonia Initiatives (OCI) was created in 1996 and charged with the responsibility of coordinating all Department and Legislative initiatives involving border issues and managing a portion of the Department's existing programs targeted for colonias. The term Colonia is a Spanish term for neighborhood or community. A colonia is further defined as an unincorporated community located within 150 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, or a city or town within said 150 mile region with a population of less than 10,000 according to the latest U.S. Census, that has a majority population composed of individuals and families of low and very Low-income, who lack safe, sanitary and sound housing, together with basic services such as potable water, adequate sewage systems, drainage, streets and utilities. The colonias present a critical housing need in the State of Texas. Housing in the colonias is primarily constructed with poor materials; professional builders are rarely used. Residents frequently start with tents or makeshift structures of wood, cardboard or other materials, and continue to improve their habitat as finances allow. Since the creation of the OCI, more emphasis has been placed on the individual needs of colonia residents and a more comprehensive approach has been implemented towards improving living conditions in all colonias along the border region.
OCI has three Border Field Offices, originally part of the Community Development Division. Their primary purpose is to provide technical assistance to colonia residents. The seventy-four county area is served through offices located in Edinburg, Laredo, and El Paso. Assigned personnel from each office are responsible for marketing programs and services of the Department to colonia residents and for cooperating with local governments, state and federal agencies, non -profits and private organizations. The OCI has also established five Colonia Self-Help Centers to fulfill the mandate of Senate Bill 1509 (74th Legislature, Regular Session, 1995), legislation intended to provide on-site technical assistance to improve the quality of life for colonia residents in ways that go beyond simply providing basic infrastructure. Five counties (El Paso, Webb, Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron/Willacy) were selected by the Legislature and five colonias within each county were selected to receive concentrated technical assistance in the areas of housing rehabilitation, new construction, surveying and platting, construction skills training, tool library access for self-help, housing finance, credit and debt counseling, grant preparation, infrastructure constructions and access, contract-for-deed conversions, and capital access for mortgages and other improvements.
For more information on the Texas Department Housing and Community Affairs see the agency's website at http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in the order in which they arrived. Some of the materials had been foldered at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, folder titles assigned by Bush Library staff have been retained by State Archives staff when refoldering has been necessary.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Stiner, Daisy.
Armendariz, Becky.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs.
Subjects:
Low-income housing--Texas.
Community development--Texas.
Prefabricated houses--Texas.
Document Types:
Audits--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Press releases--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Rules--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Newsletters--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Drafts (documents)--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Organizational charts--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Records, 1972-2001, 46.45 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Senate, Records of Representative Harryette Ehrhardt, ca. 1995-2001, 7 cubic ft. [Restricted]
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, personal family information of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117) and e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.136), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Records regarding the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, January 2003
Box
2002/151-24 Audits/performance reviews, 1999-2000
[8 folders]
Low-income housing tax credit, 1996, 1998-2000
[18 folders]
Successes, 1999-2000
[12 folders]
[Folders #1 and #5 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, 1999-2000
[18 folders]
[Folder #8 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[Folder #13 contains possibly excepted information: personal information regarding a state official or employee]
[Folder #8 contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 2001040161]
Federal issues, 1999-2000
Box
2002/151-25 Colonia issues advocate and TBIG [Texas Border Infrastructure Group], 1998-2000
[7 folders]
[Folders #6 and 7 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
[The folder title may be mistaken, it should perhaps read "Colonia Initiatives Advocates ...."]
TDHCA [Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs] 2000 Audit Report, 2000
[4 folders]
TDHCA 1996 State of Texas Consolidated Plan, 1996
[7 folders]
Legislative action request for fiscal years 2000 and 2001, 1998
[5 folders]
TDHCA 2000 State of Texas Consolidated Plan, 2000
[3 folders]
TDHCA Self-Evaluation Report, 1999
[14 folders]
[Folders #8 and 11 contain possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
Sunset review, 1999
[17 folders]
House Bill 3340 Report to the Legislature, 2000
Senate Interim Committee on Housing Report, 1998
[4 folders]
[Folder #4 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
TDHCA reports, 1998-1999
[2 folders]
Program Guide: A Guide to State and Federal Housing and Housing Related Programs, 1998
[4 folders]
[Folder # 4 contains possibly excepted information: e-mail addresses]
2000 State of Texas Low Income Housing Plan and Annual Report, 2000
[7 folders]
Texas Intergovernmental Task Force on Housing Investment [report and related documents], 1998-1999
[8 folders]



 

Technology education reports, 1998-2000,
0.25 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. Records comprise reports, publications, web-page printouts, and two memoranda, dating 1998-2000, maintained by the Texas Office of the Governor's Policy Office during the terms of George W. Bush. The materials concern technology education, the need for a larger high-tech workforce in Texas, and recommendations to address the high-tech skills gap. Some materials were created by Texas state agencies and advisory bodies, namely the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission [see also the series Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission records], and the Texas Governor's Council on Science and Technology. Other items were produced by the American Electronics Association and the Computing Research Association. One memo was sent to Policy Office Staff member Stuart Holliday from Scott Poole at the Bush School of Government and Public Services at Texas A&M regarding academic degrees in technology. The other memorandum was forwarded to Stuart Holliday by Vin Protho, Chairman of the Texas Governor's Science and Technology Council, and concerned the scores on Advanced Placement calculus exams in Texas. Several of the reports are slightly annotated.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in the order in which they arrived. The materials were originally foldered at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, presumably they were originally found loose in the box. The records have been refoldered by State Archives staff into manageable units.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission.
Texas Council on Science and Technology.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Subjects:
Technology--Vocational guidance--Texas.
Labor supply--Effect of education on--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
None.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Technology education reports, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, December 2002
Box
2002/151-24 Texas Strategic Economic Development Plan, 1998-2008, Report of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission, October 1998
Developing Texas' Technology-Based Economy, Report of the Texas Science and Technology Council, April 1998
[original]
Developing Texas' Technology-Based Economy, Report of the Texas Science and Technology Council, April 1998
[bound version]
American Electronics Association publications:
Cyber Education: U.S. Education and the High-Technology Workforce, A National and State-by-State Perspective, 1999
Cyberstates v.3.0: A State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, 1999
Cyberstates v.4.0: A State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, [Texas statistics], 2000
Cyberstates v.4.0: A State-by-State Overview of the High-Technology Industry, [national statistics], 2000
[Memo and pages from 1999 Cyber Education report], 1999-2000
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reports:
Texas Higher Education Plan: Closing the Gaps by 2015, October 2000
Final Report: Expanding the Technology Workforce, Higher Education's Role, Task Force on Development of the Technology Workforce, April 2000
Chapter 5, "The Supply of Information Technology Workers in the United States," part of a Computing Research Association web-site report, 2000
Addressing the High-Tech Workforce Gap in Texas for the 21st Century, prepared for the Governor's Council on Science and Technology, 2000
[draft]
[Memorandum and printed materials re: technology skills and Texas Advanced Placement calculus scores], 2000



 

Assorted records, 1996-2000, undated,
0.1 cubic ft.

The Policy Office under Texas Governor George W. Bush advised the governor on emerging problems and opportunities and developed policy options for the governor's consideration; it also helped ensure that the governor's policies were implemented by state agencies and commissions. Records consist of a report, publications, printed materials, conference proceedings, a clipping, an introductory biography of Mrs. Bush, a speech, a press release, five photographs, and a calendar, dating 1996-2000, and undated, maintained by the Texas Office of the Governor's Policy Office during the terms of George W. Bush. The records concern the Governor's interest in promoting adoption and First Lady Laura Bush's interest in promoting early childhood development and reading initiatives. Specifically, the materials include the 1996 Report of the Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption, conference proceedings from the 1998 Governor and First Lady's Policy Conference on Early Childhood Development and Brain Research, and four Take Time for Kids booklets published by the Texas Department of Health. The photographs, two color and three black and white, depict Governor Bush at, at least, two events. It is unclear whether or not the events are campaign related. The Governor is depicted in a school room with children and meeting with and speaking to residents of at least one disadvantaged neighborhood. The calendar notes appointments for Policy Office staff assigned to health and human services issues.
Arrangement
These records are arranged listed in the order in which they arrived. The majority of the materials were foldered and titled while at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, those titles have been maintained by State Archives staff where it has been necessary to refolder. The calendar was added to the series by State Archives staff because it did not fit elsewhere.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption.
Subjects:
Early childhood education--Texas.
Adoption--Texas.
Literacy programs--Texas.
Document Types:
Speech--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Press release--Texas--Governors--1998-2000.
Publications--Texas--Governors--1996, 1998-2000.
Photographs--Texas--Governors--undated.
Calendar--Texas--Governors--1997-1999.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Health, Early Childhood Intervention Program, Administrative records, 1981-1987, 42 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Health, Early Childhood Intervention Program, Meeting Files, 1981-1989, bulk 1988-1989, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Health, Early Childhood Intervention Program, Records, 1979-1987, 6 cubic ft.
Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, Records, 1987-1996, 12.52 cubic ft.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
Cotton gloves will be provided and must be worn to view photographs.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Assorted records, Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, January 2003
Tonia J. Wood, October 2006
Box
2002/151-25 Report of the Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption, 1996
Laura Bush's early childhood initiatives, 1998-2000
[2 folders]
Take Time for Kids: Your Newborn, undated
Take Time for Kids: 1 Month Edition, undated
Take Time for Kids: 2 Month Edition, undated
Take Time for Kids: Your 3 Month Old, undated
Bush-Photo-Box
1 Photographs, undated
Box
2002/151-375 Policy Office staff calendar, December 29, 1997-January 3, 1999
[Covers staff assigned to health and human services issues.]