Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, Senate:

An Inventory of Records of Senator Jerry Patterson at the Texas State Archives, 1993-1998



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate.
Title: Records of Senator Jerry Patterson
Dates: 1993-1998
Abstract: Records include correspondence, memoranda, legislative records, reports, summaries, printed material, publications, and notes that document Texas State Senator Jerry Patterson's activities from 1993 through 1998. Records comprise bill files from the 73rd, 74th, and 75th Legislatures and correspondence between Senator Patterson and his constituents. Subjects include material on a variety of issues ranging from police pensions, prevention of horse theft, building codes, common-law marriage, fugitive apprehension, home equity lending, electioneering, insurance, the lottery, and hate crimes, to the protection of coastal resources, tort reform, concealed weapons, utilities, sports stadiums, taxes, shrimp fisheries, and various health and education issues.
Quantity: 17.74 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

Born in 1946, Jerry Patterson received his bachelors degree from Texas A&M and worked for a time as an Employee Benefits Consultant before being elected to the Texas State Senate by the 11th District, parts of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris counties. A Republican, Senator Patterson served from 1993 through 1998 (73rd through 75th Legislative Sessions). Patterson was active on numerous committees during his tenure, serving on the State Affairs, Redistricting, Intergovernmental Relations, Health and Human Services, Economic Development, Administration, and Criminal Justice committees. In addition, he served as Vice-Chair of the International Relations, Trade and Technology Committee and as Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee. Senator Patterson chose not to run for re-election for the 76th Legislative Session.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Records include correspondence, memoranda, legislative bill copies, bill analyses, committee hearing request forms, fiscal notes, witness lists, committee reports, amendments, summaries of committee actions, printed material, publications, and notes that document Texas State Senator Jerry Patterson's activities from 1993 through 1998. Records comprise bill files from the 73rd, 74th, and 75th Legislatures and correspondence between Senator Patterson and his constituents. Subjects include material on a variety of issues ranging from police pensions, prevention of horse theft, building codes, common-law marriage, fugitive apprehension, veterans, home equity lending, electioneering, insurance, the lottery, and hate crimes, to the protection of coastal resources, tort reform, concealed weapons, utilities, sports stadiums, taxes, shrimp fisheries, and various health and education issues.

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.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into two series.
Bill files, 1993-1998, 10.24 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1993-1998, 7.5 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions including violations of the privacy of individuals, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas 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 records covered by exceptions to the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an Open Records Opinion from the Attorney General before the files can be provided to the researcher. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten business days after receiving the written request to make this determination.

Restrictions on Use

Where necessary, records will be redacted or restricted to comply with the Public Information Act and the Attorney General's decision.

Technical Requirements

None.


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:
Patterson, Jerry--1946-
Subjects:
Horse stealing--Texas.
Electioneering--Texas.
Hate crimes--Texas.
Health maintenance organizations--Texas.
Insurance law--Texas.
Lotteries--Texas.
Shrimp industry--Texas.
Taxation--Texas.
Torts--Texas.
Legislators--Texas.
Coastal zone management--Texas
Firearms--Law and legislation--Texas.
Fugitives from justice--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Bills--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Legislative records--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Reports--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Publications--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Notes--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Lists--Texas--Legislators--1993-1998.
Functions:
Representing state.

Related Material

Texas State ArchivesTexas Legislature, Senate, Committee on Economic Development, 1974-1997, 90.17 cubic ft.Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Bill files and meeting files, 1983-1996, 46.5 cubic ft.Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Records of the Chair, 1992-1994 (bulk 1993), 4 cubic ft.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Records of Senator Jerry Patterson, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1999/078, 2000/165, 2001/091

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Senator Jerry Patterson and the Secretary of the Senate on December 8, 1998; January 7, 1999; June 28, 2000; and January 16, 2001.

Processing Information

Nancy Enneking, January 1999, January 2001


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Bill files, 1993-1998,
10.24 cubic ft.

Bill files contain bill copies, bill analyses, committee hearing request forms, fiscal notes, witness lists, committee reports, amendments, summaries of committee actions, correspondence, printed material, publications, newspaper clippings, and notes. The files date from the 73rd, 74th, and 75th Legislatures, 1993-1998, and consist of legislative bills authored and sponsored by Senator Jerry Patterson and a few background working files. Note that, according to Patterson's staff, much of the 73rd legislature bill material was destroyed in the mid-1990s. Subjects range from background checks, police pension, in-state tuition, prevention of horse theft, drainage programs, National Guard, and building codes to common-law marriage, home equity lending, jails, fugitive apprehension, electioneering, life and health insurance, lottery, gambling devices for the disabled, mental health, bulletproof vests, hate crimes, polygraph tests, abandoned vehicles, taxpayer liability, conservatorship of a child, vehicles, boating records, and the protection of coastal resources.
Arrangement
Material is arranged in reverse order by legislative session, i.e. 75th then 74th then 73rd. Within each session, materials are arranged in roughly bill number order with intervening subject and background files. Bills are in numerical but not consecutive order.
Preferred Citation
Bill files, Records of Senator Jerry Patterson, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, January 1999, January 2001
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1999/078, 2001/091
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Senator Jerry Patterson on December 8, 1999; January 7, 1999; and January 16, 1999.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions including violations of the privacy of individuals, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas 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 records covered by exceptions to the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an Open Records Opinion from the Attorney General before the files can be provided to the researcher. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten business days after receiving the written request to make this determination.
Restrictions on Use
Where necessary, records will be redacted or restricted to comply with the Public Information Act and the Attorney General's decision.
Bill files by and/or sponsored by Senator Patterson, 75th Legislature, 1997:
Box
1999/078-2 House Bill 57 through House Bill 1465
House Joint Resolution 31/Senate Joint Resolution 12, Home Equity Constitutional Amendment
Requests for specific legislation from constituents:
Amending the appropriations rider, 1997
Title Insurance Premium Fund, 1997
School district accountability, 1997
Home Equity Loan, 1996
Alan Than vs. The State of Texas, 1996
Box
1999/078-1 House Bill 1564 through House Bill 3586
Box
1999/078-3 House Bill 2596/House Joint Resolution 106
Box
1999/078-5 Senate Committee staff contacts
Witness testimony sheets
Loose committee bill hearing requests
Senate Bill 62 through Senate Bill 99
[Senate Bill 94 includes a second file with background information 1994-1997]
Senate Bill 100 (Participation by home-schooled students in public school activities), 1996-1997
Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, Dr. Lee vs. University of Texas
Box
1999/078-9 Senate Bill 91, CAD [central appraisal district] bill
Senate Bill 100, Home School Athletics
Box
1999/078-3 Senate Joint Resolution 30
Senate Bill 107 through Senate Bill 1030
Box
1999/078-4 Senate Bill 1031 through Senate Bill 1715
[Loose material consisting of Senate bills and resolutions, bill drafts, correspondence, printed material, 2 3 ¼ inch floppy disks, all 1997]
Box
1999/078-9 Home Equity Loans, Senate Bill 173 and Senate Joint Resolution 12, 1996-1997:
Articles - pro
Vote count
Initial press packet
RAM [Reverse Mortgage(?)]
Legislators responses
75th Session
Senate Joint Resolution 12
Home Equity Reform - Lobby materials
[2 copies]
Box
2001/091-1 75R14597 Sen. Patterson, 1996-1997
AAS Resolutions, 1996
Mandatory release background, 1996
Parole, TDCJ [Texas Department of Criminal Justice], 1996
Parole reform, 1996
Senate Bill 202, House, 1995
Senate Bill 202, HMO [Health Maintenance Organization] single-service, 1995-1996
Senate Bill 202, 1995
Fugitive apprehension:
Senate Bill 918, fugitive apprehension, 1997
[three files and loose materials]
75R16271, Senator Patterson, 1997
75R12178, Senator Patterson, 1997
75R12126, Senator Patterson, 1997
Fugitive Apprehension Summit, 1996
Crusader information, 1996-1997
Fugitive alert WWW, 1996
[Untitled wallet file]:
Veterans home, 1997
Senate Bill 1060, floor packet, 1997
Family cap, undated
Responsibility agreement, undated
Time limited benefits, undated
House Bill 2941, veterans, [1995?]
Senate Bill 22, Welfare reform, [1995?]
Box
2001/091-2 [Untitled wallet file]:
Correspondence Patterson, 1997-1998
Correspondence - parents, industry, 1997-1998
Correspondence - other members, 1998
Immunization rules and legislation, 1997
Immunization background, 1998
[Untitled wallet file re: Senator Patterson's Fort Hood tour], 1997
Bills by and/or sponsored by Senator Patterson, 74th Legislature, 1995:
Box
1999/078-7 Health and Human Services Committee packet, "Medicaid 'R Us,"
[3 files]
Health and Human Services Committee packet, Welfare
[6 files]
Drafting request for unidentified bill (re: funds for habeas corpus), 1994
Senate Bill 72 through Senate Bill 993
Box
1999/078-5 Senate Bill 473, helmet law
Senate Bill 751, central appraisal districts
Galveston CAD, 1994-1996
[background information for Senate Bill 751]
Box
1999/078-6 Senate Bill 999
Drug bills (Senate Bill 1002)
Senate Bill 1144 (preventing child access to firearms)
Senate Bill 1223
Senate Bill 1436
Senate Joint Resolution 6, Texas Lottery
[3 files]
Senate Concurrent Resolution 24, flag desecration
[3 files]
Senate Concurrent Resolution 101, Battleship Texas
Senate Bill 750, (Licenses for commercial fishing)
[3 files]
House Bill 18 through House Bill 2429
Box
1999/078-9 House Bill 2177 through House Bill 3226
Box
1999/078-8 House Bill 2766/Senate Bill 1071 Patient Protection Act, 1995
[multiple files and loose material in a wallet folder, bill copies, printed material, correspondence, bill analyses, reports, and publications]
House Bill 369 on small employer insurance, 1994-1995
[multiple files and loose material in a wallet folder, bill copies, printed material, correspondence, amendments, bill analyses, and reports]
Committee Substitute House Bill 2128 Telecommunications, 1995
[includes multiple files and loose material in a wallet folder contains amendments, bill copy, photocopies, correspondence, notes]
Committee Substitute Senate Bill 1332
Senate Bill 1332, protection of coastal resources
Box
1999/078-9 "Bill Analyses of Enrolled Legislation, 74th Legislature, Regular Session," August 1995
Bill Analyses of Enrolled Legislation Sponsored by Jerry Patterson, 73rd Regular Session
Legislative bills by Senator Patterson, 73rd Legislature, 1993:
Box
1999/078-3 Horse theft:
Branding information
Media
Other associations
Bill analysis, Senate Bill 109
Letters
HOOT [Horse Owners of Texas]
Phone numbers
Horse theft, House Bill 1143



 

Correspondence, 1993-1998,
7.5 cubic ft.

Records consist of correspondence, printed materials, clippings, lists, photographs, and an audiocassette that date from 1993 to 1998 and document the correspondence files and a few office files of Texas State Senator Jerry Patterson. Major subjects include, among others, tort reform, concealed weapons, home equity lending, utilities, aviation taxes, employee pay raises, sports stadiums, taxes, school prayer, teacher retirement, shrimp fisheries, and various health and education issues.
Arrangement
Some records arrived loose and jumbled (with the exception of a few subject files); the original order of the materials has been reconstructed and letters have been housed in wallet files for purposes of protection and support. Materials are in order by year and, within each year, in alphabetical order according to the name of the constituent/sender.
Preferred Citation
Correspondence, Records of Senator Jerry Patterson, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1999/078, 2000/165
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Senator Jerry Patterson on December 8, 1998; January 7, 1999; and June 28, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions including violations of the privacy of individuals, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas 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 records covered by exceptions to the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an Open Records Opinion from the Attorney General before the files can be provided to the researcher. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten business days after receiving the written request to make this determination.
Restrictions on Use
Where necessary, records will be redacted or restricted to comply with the Public Information Act and the Attorney General's decision.
Processed by
Nancy Enneking, January 1999, January 2001
Correspondence:
Box
1999/078-10 A-P, 1993
A-M, 1994
Box
1999/078-11 N-Z, 1994
School prayer, 1994
Texas Teacher Retirement, 1994
Shrimps, 1994
A-E, 1995
Box
1999/078-12 F-R, 1995
Box
1999/078-13 S-Z, 1995
A-J, 1996
Box
1999/078-14 N-P, R, T-Z, 1996
Flags sent, 1996
Flag forms, 1997
A-Z, 1997
Box
1999/078-15 Competitive electricity, 1997
Home equity, 1997
House Bill 2909 right-to-carry, 1997
Privatization of TWC-DHS, 1997
Tort reform, 1997
Sports stadiums, 1997
Aviation tax, 1997
State employee pay raise, 1997
Assorted correspondence, A-Z, 1997
Box
1999/078-16 Assorted correspondence, 1998
[2 files]
Box
2000/165 Administrative office memos, 1997-1998
Appointments, 1998
Attorney General opinions, submitted, 1995-1998
Flags, letters of congratulations, 1997-1998
Constituent and legislative suggestions, 1997
Coach Hart, 1996-1998
Environmental issues FYI's, 1997
FEDEX/LSO/UPS, etc., 1997-1998
Greater Austin Right to Life, 1997
Health care, all, 1997
Issues oriented information, 1997
Home equity, consumer credit, 1998
HEL [home equity lending] AGOP [Attorney General's opinions] only, 1998
Attorney General opinions, finished, 1996-1997
Larry/Jerry projects, finished, 1996-1997
Legislative oriented, 1997
Miscellaneous leters, FYI, 1997-1998
PUC [Public Utilities Commission], electric telephone deregulation, 1997-1998
Texas Citizen Action and Public Citizen, 1998
Taxes, general school, 1997
Jim Jamail, 1997
Miscellaneous information, 1997
TEA [Texas Education Agency] and education (general), 1997-1998
Casework, stalled, 1997
Casework, current, 1997-1998
Casework, finished (through January 1998), 1996-1997