Texas Legislature, House of Representatives:
An Inventory of Representative Toby Goodman Bill Files at the Texas State Archives, 1997-1999, 2003-2005
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The House of Representatives functions through committees set up under its own rules. The house maintains more standing committees than the senate. By custom the speaker appoints standing, special, and conference committees, although the house is free to designate its own method of selection. Under the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1961, the committee system was expanded, and provisions were made whereby standing, special, and general investigating committees created by each body could function whether or not the legislature was in session. As of 2014, the house has 38 standing committees: Agriculture and Livestock; Appropriations; Business and Industry; Calendars; Corrections; County Affairs; Criminal Jurisprudence; Culture, Recreation, and Tourism; Defense and Veterans' Affairs; Economic and Small Business Development; Elections; Energy Resources; Environmental Regulation; General Investigating and Ethics; Government Efficiency and Reform; Higher Education; Homeland Security and Public Safety; House Administration; Human Services; Insurance; International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs; Investments and Financial Services; Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence; Land and Resource Management; Licensing and Administrative Procedures; Local and Consent Calendars; Natural Resources; Pensions; Public Education; Public Health; Redistricting; Rules and Resolutions; Special Purpose Districts; State Affairs; Technology; Transportation; Urban Affairs; and Ways and Means.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); and Legislative Reference Library of Texas (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/index.cfm), accessed October 9, 2014.)
Texas Representative Toby Goodman, a Republican from Arlington, served eight terms in the Texas House of Representatives (1991-2007). During this time, he represented House District 93 (portions of Tarrant County). He was interested in child support and custody issues, juvenile justice system and protocol, court administration, and animal welfare issues. Much of his legislation involved amending, changing, and clarifying the Juvenile Justice Code and the Family Code. He served on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee as its chair (1995-2003) and its vice-chair (2003-2007) as well as on the Judicial Affairs Committee (1991-1997). In 2006, Goodman lost his reelection campaign.
Goodman was born in Wichita Falls in 1948. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University in 1971 and a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law in 1974. After graduation, he entered the law field with a focus on family law and general civil practice. He and his wife, Gloria, have three children.
(Sources include: Texas Legislature Online (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/index.cfm), and Goodman's law office website (http://www.goodmanclark.com/), both accessed October 9, 2014; and the records themselves.)
The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative Toby Goodman's bill files document his efforts to represent Texas House District 93 (portions of Tarrant County) during the 75th and 76th Texas Legislatures (1997-1999) and during the 78th and 79th Legislature (2003-2005). Types of records include bill analyses, bill drafts, bill summaries, fiscal notes, correspondence, clippings, reports, memorandums and other legislative records dating from 1997 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2005. Major topics include court administration, especially in Tarrant County; community improvement programs and services in Tarrant County; amending, changing, and clarifying the Juvenile Justice and the Family Codes; disbursement of community property and debts following a divorce; child support and custody issues; juvenile justice system and protocol; animal welfare; public safety issues, especially in regard to motor vehicle accidents; local tax revenue collection for special events; and regulation of public utilities. Additionally, Goodman served on the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee as its chair (1995-2003) and its vice-chair (2003-2005).
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
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In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306, Toby Goodman allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/representatives of the state of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of November 29, 2006.
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(Identify the item), Representative Toby Goodman bill files, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 2012/198
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the House of Representatives on March 6, 2012.
Processed by Anna M. Reznik, October 2014
Detailed Description of the Records