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Overview

Agency History

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Bill files, 2003-2006, bulk 2003, 2005,

Correspondence, 1989-2006, bulk 1997-2006,

Subject files, 1976-2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, Senate:

An Inventory of Records of Senator Ken Armbrister at the Texas State Archives, 1976-2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate.
Title: Records of Senator Ken Armbrister
Dates: 1976-2006, undated
Dates: bulk 1983-2006
Abstract: The Texas Senate is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas House of Representatives), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. Records of Texas State Senator Ken Armbrister reflect his efforts to represent the needs and concerns of the 18th Senatorial District through his legislative proposals, his work on senate committees, and the working relationships he and his staff formed with agencies and officials at the state, federal and local level, and with private and non-profit organizations. Types of records include correspondence, legislative bills and bill copies, bill analyses, notes, publications, reports, printed material, fiscal notes, legislative records, clippings, and memoranda, dating 1976-2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006. Major topics among these records are natural resources (especially water usage and conservation, and industries such as fishing), education, public health, and social services.
Quantity: 30 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that these records are stored at the State Records Center. Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. Records requested before 10:00 a.m. will usually be available for review by an archivist by 4:00 p.m. the same day. Records requested after 10:00 a.m. and before 3:00 p.m will usually be available for review by an archivist by noon the next day. See the "Restrictions on Access" statement in this document for further information.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Senate is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas House of Representatives), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering and passing bills and resolutions. By virtue of office, the lieutenant governor is president of the senate, with the right to debate and vote on questions in committee of the whole and the right to cast the deciding vote when the chamber is equally divided. The senate elects one of its members president pro tempore to perform the duties of the lieutenant governor during his or her absence or disability, or when the office is vacant. The 1876 Constitution fixes the number of senators at 31, elected from senatorial districts according to state constitutional guidelines to serve overlapping four-year terms. A senator must be at least 26 years old, a qualified voter, and a resident of Texas for at least five years and of the district represented for at least one year immediately preceding election.

In addition to legislative powers, the legislature exercises other types of authority. Constituent powers include the ability to alter the state constitution, and the members' authority to exercise powers of attorney in behalf of their constituents. Directory and supervisory powers allow the legislature to regulate the state's administrative machinery, made up of boards, commissions, and departments that conduct the affairs of state. The legislature establishes and funds these bodies and defines their functions. Executive powers of each house include selection of legislative officers, employees, and chairs and members of committees. Investigative powers are exercised through the formation of standing, special, interim, and joint committees to study an issue. Senate committees are usually charged with a particular purpose by the lieutenant governor, although this may also be accomplished by a resolution adopted by the senate. Each legislative house holds judicial powers over its members, including punishing or expelling members for cause.

The legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years and in special sessions when convened by the governor. The length of the regular session is limited to 140 days. Special sessions are limited to 30 days, but the number of special sessions that may be called is not limited. Only legislative matters submitted by the governor may be considered in special session. All legislative sessions, except for the senate's executive session, are open. Neither house may, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days or move to a place other than where the legislature is sitting. Two-thirds of each house constitutes a quorum, the number of members required to conduct business. If a quorum is not present, a smaller number may vote to adjourn and compel absent members to attend. The senate is required to keep and publish a journal of its proceedings and to record the vote on any question on which three members who are present demand an actual count of yeas and nays.

The senate functions through committees set up under its own rules. By custom the president of the senate appoints standing, special, and conference committees, although the senate 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. The senate has 16 standing committees: Administration; Business and Commerce; Criminal Justice; Education; Finance; Government Organization; Health and Human Services; Intergovernmental Relations; International Relations and Trade; Jurisprudence; Natural Resources; Nominations; Redistricting; State Affairs; Transportation and Homeland Security; and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th (2001) ed.; and the Texas Senate Committees web page http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/Commit.htm, accessed March 12, 2007.)

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Biographical Sketch

Texas State Representative and Senator Ken Armbrister was a Victoria, Texas police captain, and the vice president of the Victoria School Board when first elected as a Democrat to the Texas House of Representatives in 1983. After two terms in the house he was elected to the Texas Senate in 1986, representing the 18th Senatorial District, which encompasses 18 counties and a portion of Fort Bend County in southeast Texas. During most of his time in the senate, Armbrister served on the senate committees on Natural Resources (chair, 2003-2005) and State Affairs (chair, 1993-1997). He authored the 1993 legislation that created the Edwards Aquifer Authority affecting a 16-county area of South Texas, and he later served on the Joint Committee on Oversight of the Edwards Aquifer (co-chair, 2003-2005), as well as on other water-related committees. He was named to the Texas Water Advisory Council in 2001 by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. From 2003 to 2006 he was a member of the senate committees on Business and Commerce, and on Health and Human Services, and he served on the Transportation and Homeland Security committee from 2005 to 2006. Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Senator Armbrister to the Task Force on Homeland Security in 2001, and to the Governor's Anti-Crime Commission in 2002.

Senator Armbrister graduated from Sam Houston State University and the FBI National Academy. During his 14-year career as a police officer, he rose to the rank of captain and served as the director of the Victoria Regional Police Academy. The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University honored Armbrister with its highest award, the Defensor Pacem, or Defender of Peace Award, for his achievements in law enforcement and his legislative record on crime issues. He was twice named as a Top Ten Crime Fighter by the Greater Dallas Crime Commission.

During his tenure in the legislature, Armbrister served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and as acting Governor. He chose not to run for re-election in 2006.

(Sources include: Biography of Senator Armbrister from the Texas Senate website, http://www.armbrister.senate.state.tx.us/, accessed November 20, 2006; and Texas Legislature Online, http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx, accessed February 26, 2007.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records of Texas State Senator Ken Armbrister reflect his efforts to represent the needs and concerns of the 18th Senatorial District through his legislative proposals, his work on senate committees, and the working relationships he and his staff formed with agencies and officials at the state, federal and local level, and with private and non-profit organizations. Types of records include correspondence, legislative bills and bill copies, bill analyses, notes, publications, reports, printed material, fiscal notes, legislative records, clippings, and memoranda, dating 1976-2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006. Major topics among these records are natural resources (especially water usage and conservation, and industries such as fishing), education, public health, and social services.

Bill files document legislation Armbrister created, sponsored, or had interest in during the 78th (Regular and 1st, 3rd, and 4th Called Sessions; 2003-2004) and 79th (Regular, 1st, and 3rd Called Sessions; 2005-2006) Legislatures. Subjects of legislation include natural resources issues, including water management; energy; public safety and security; public health; and criminal justice. Correspondence between the senator and his constituents, state agencies, local officials, private and non-profit organizations, citizens of Texas, and the public at large addresses opinions and concerns on issues affecting his senate district and the state at large.

Subject files from the senator's office also contain correspondence, and demonstrate his work, advocacy, and involvement with state and federal agencies, state officials, local authorities, private organizations, constituents, and the general public. Many files compile material likely used as research in the proposal of legislation. A few constituent casework files are present. Several files document his service on the senate committees for Natural Resources, State Affairs, and Health and Human Services, and on the Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer, and his work on the board of the Department of Information Resources.

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.

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Organization of the Records

The records are organized into three series reflecting the filing system of the legislator's office:
Bill files, 2003-2006, bulk 2003, 2005, 12 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1989-2006, bulk 1997-2006, 1 cubic ft.
Subject files, 1976-2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006, 17 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.147); 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 privacy (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 (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 ( http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. 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.

In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and Chapter 323, Ken Armbrister allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/residents of the State of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of January 20, 2007.

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

The Archives may not have the correct software to read the 3.5 inch floppy disk, contact State Archives staff for more information.

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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:
Armbrister, Ken
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislature. Senate. Natural Resources Committee.
Texas. Legislature. Senate. Committee on State Affairs.
Texas. Legislature. Senate. Committee on Health and Human Services.
Texas. Legislature. Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer.
Subjects:
Legislators--Texas.
Legislative bodies--Texas.
Natural resources--Texas.
Energy conservation--Texas.
Water conservation--Texas.
Law enforcement--Texas.
Crime--Texas.
Public health--Texas.
Social service--Texas.
Document Types:
Bill files--Texas--Legislators--2003-2006.
Correspondence--Texas--Legislators--1989-2006.
Legislative records--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006, undated.
Clippings--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006.
Reports--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006.
Memorandums--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006.
Notes--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006.
Press releases--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006.
Publications--Texas--Legislators--1976-2006.
Functions:
Representing state.

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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 Legislature, Senate, Committee minutes, 1972-1979, 1999-2005, bulk 1999-2004, 3.95 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED] [Note: see minutes of the Natural Resources Committee; committees on Business and Commerce, Health and Human Services, and State Affairs; and the Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer.]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee minutes, 2005-2006, 1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2007/097.][RESTRICTED] [Note: see minutes of the Natural Resources Committee; committees on Business and Commerce, Health and Human Services, State Affairs, and Transportation and Homeland Security; and the Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer.]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Records of the chair, 1992-1994, bulk 1993, 4 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Records, 1987, 1989-1993, bulk 1991-1993, 3.7 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Bill files and meeting files, 1983-1996, 46.5 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Records of the Chair, Sen. Bob Glasgow, 1991-1992, 49 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 1999/138-1 thru 49.] [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Records of the Chair Sen. Florence Shapiro, 1997, 4 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2004/141-1 thru 3.] [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Bill files, 1999; Bill files, records, 1997-2001, 14 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2005/099-1 thru 14.] [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on State Affairs, Bill files, hearing files, 2001, 5 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2007/087-1 thru 5.] [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Natural Resources Committee, Records, 1940, 1956-1957, 1971-1984, 1989-1997, bulk 1989-1997, 19.1 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, Committee hearings and bill files, 2005, 4 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2006/371-1 thru 4.] [RESTRICTED]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records of Senator Ken Armbrister, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2007/047

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Senate in three batches between October 30, 2006 and January 19, 2007.

Processing Information

Rebecca Romanchuk, February 2007

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Bill files, 2003-2006, bulk 2003, 2005,
12 cubic ft.

Bill files of Texas State Senator Ken Armbrister document the legislation he created, sponsored, or had interest in during the 78th (Regular and 1st, 3rd, and 4th Called Sessions; 2003-2004) and 79th (Regular, 1st, and 3rd Called Sessions; 2005-2006) Legislatures. Records consist of legislative bills, bill analyses, notes, correspondence, publications, reports, printed material, fiscal notes, legislative records, clippings, and memoranda documenting legislation from 2003 to 2006, bulk 2003, 2005. Subjects of legislation include natural resources issues, especially water usage and conservation; energy; public safety and security; public health; and criminal justice. See the series Subject files for bill copies.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in bill file order as they arrived from the legislator's office.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Bill files, Records of Senator Ken Armbrister, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.147); 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 privacy (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 (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 (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. 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.
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and Chapter 323, Ken Armbrister allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/residents of the State of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of January 20, 2007.
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.).
Box
2007/047-1 78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003
SR (Senate Resolution) 13 - SR 1055
SCR (Senate Concurrent Resolution) 4 - SCR 67
SB (Senate Bill) 3 - SB 381
Box
2007/047-2 SB 382 - SB 1273
Box
2007/047-3 SB 1256 - SB 1517
Box
2007/047-4 SB 1893 - SB 1946
HCR (House Concurrent Resolution) 20 - HCR 256
HJR (House Joint Resolution) 61
HB (House Bill) 12 - HB 1248
SB 380 - SB 1255
SJR (Senate Joint Resolution) 23
SJR 53
Box
2007/047-5 HB 1186 - HB 2424
Box
2007/047-6 HB 2444 - HB 3636
78th Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2003
SB 55
HB 9
HB 62
78th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2003
SB 29
78th Legislature, 4th Called Session, 2004
SR 108
Box
2007/047-7 79th Legislature, 2005
SB 3 - SB 949
Box
2007/047-8 SB 1165 - SB 1385
Box
2007/047-9 SB 1402 - SB 1891
SJR 3 - SJR 34
Box
2007/047-10 SCR 9
HB 168 - HB 1583
Box
2007/047-11 HB 1611 - HB 2905
Box
2007/047-12 HB 2918 - HB 3587
HCR 34 - HCR 93
79th Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2005
SB 15 - SB 46
79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2006
HB 5

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Correspondence, 1989-2006, bulk 1997-2006,
1 cubic ft.

Correspondence of Texas State Senator Ken Armbrister reveals his communications with constituents, state agencies, local officials, private and non-profit organizations, citizens of Texas, and the public at large regarding their opinions and concerns on issues affecting his senate district and the state at large. Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, and printed materials, 1989-2006, bulk 1997-2006. Additional correspondence is contained in the series Subject files.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by subject in the order in which they arrived from the legislator's office.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Records of Senator Ken Armbrister, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.147); 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 privacy (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 (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 (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. 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.
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and Chapter 323, Ken Armbrister allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/residents of the State of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of January 20, 2007.
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.).
Box
2007/047-13 79th (Legislative Session) correspondence, 2004-2006
78th Legislative Session, 2003
77th Legislative Session, 2001-2002
Form letters, 2002-2005
Legislative intent, 1999-2005
Support, 2003-2005
Miscellaneous, 1997-2005
Attorney General opinions, 2000-2004
[wallet]
Attorney General opinions, 2004-2006
[wallet]
Comptroller, 1999-2005
ERS (Employee Retirement System), 2004-2006
DSHS (Department of State Health Services), 2003
Health and Human (Services), 2000, 2006
HCA (Housing and Community Affairs), 2003-2005
Tax credit housing projects, 2003-2004
LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), 2005
Lottery Commission, 2005
P&W (Parks and Wildlife), 2005-2006
PUC (Public Utility Commission), 1999, 2001, 2006
PVAMU (Prairie View A&M University), 2002-2006
RRC (Railroad Commission), 2004, 2006
State Cemetery, 2000, 2002
TEA (Texas Education Agency), 1999, 2003-2004
TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), 1997-2006
TWDB (Texas Water Development Board), 2004-2005
TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation), 1997-2006
Water issues, 2004-2006
Aransas (Bay/County), 1996-2004
Bastrop (County), 1995-2006
Caldwell (County), 1998-2006
Calhoun - Dewitt - Fayette (Counties), 1999-2006
Fort Bend (County), 1999, 2004
Goliad - Gonzales (Counties), 1998-2006
Hays (County), 1994-2003
Jet port, 2004
San Marcos airport, 2003-2004
SWT (Southwest Texas State University), 1993-1994
Jackson - Lavaca - Matagorda (Counties), 1998-2006
Refugio - Waller - Washington - Wharton (Counties), 2000-2006
Victoria (County), 1999-2006
(Texas) Enterprise Zone (Program), 2003
Matagorda Island, 1989-1993
[wallet]
Matagorda Island, 1989-1990
[wallet]
Matagorda Island Environmental Assessment, 1990
Matagorda Bay Nature Park and Preserve briefing book, Lower Colorado River Authority, 2002
Five year plan and program for Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, 1989-1994

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Subject files, 1976-2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006,
17 cubic ft.

Subject files from the office of Texas State Senator Ken Armbrister demonstrate his work, advocacy, and involvement with state and federal agencies, state officials, local authorities, private organizations, constituents, and the general public. Records comprise correspondence, memoranda, bill copies, clippings, and printed material that range in date from 1976 to 2006, undated, bulk 1983-2006. Major topics among these records are natural resources (especially water usage and conservation, and industries such as fishing), education, public health, social services, and other issues affecting counties and cities in Sen. Armbrister's district. Many files were likely compiled to be used as research in the proposal of legislation. A few constituent casework files are present. Several files document his service on the senate committees for Natural Resources, State Affairs, and Health and Human Services, and on the Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer, and his work on the board of the Department of Information Resources.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in the order in which they arrived from the legislator's office. Files are arranged from back to front within Boxes 1 through 21, and Box 25.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Subject files, Records of Senator Ken Armbrister, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.147); 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 privacy (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 (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 (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. 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.
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and Chapter 323, Ken Armbrister allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/residents of the State of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of January 20, 2007.
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
The Archives may not have the correct software to read the 3.5 inch floppy disk, contact State Archives staff for more information.
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2007/047-14 Ann W. Richards, Governor of Texas, 1990-1993
Governor of Texas (George W. Bush), 1995-1996
Bob Bullock, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 1991-1997
Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor, 1992-1993
State Auditor, 1992-1996
Speaker of the House, James E. "Pete" Laney, 1995
Attorney General correspondence, 1994-1999
Betty King, Secretary of the Senate, 1995-1997
Antonio O. Garza, Secretary of State, 1995-2001
Attorney General's Child Support Division, 1996-2001
John Sharp, Comptroller of Public Accounts, 1991-1996
General Land Office - Garry Mauro, Commissioner, 1988-1996
Railroad Commission of Texas, 1987-1998
Texas Air Control Board, 1991-1993
Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1986-1994
Texas Commission on the Arts, 1998
Texas Department of Commerce, 1993-1997
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, 1996
Texas Ethics Commission, 1998
Texas Department of Health, 1986-1996
Texas Department of Human Services, 1992-2000
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2007/047-15 Texas Employment Commission, 1984-1996
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, 1987-1996
Texas National Research Laboratory Commission (Superconducting Super Collider), 1992
Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, 1997-1998
Texas Department of Transportation, 1986-2006
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1992-1996
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, 1996
Texas Department of Public Safety, 1988-2006
Texas Racing Commission, Austin, Texas, 1991-1994
Texas Water Commission, 1987-1994
Texas Water Development Board, 1988-1998
Texas Workforce Commission, 1996-1997
Box
2007/047-16 Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission, 1989-1995
CCMS (Child Care Management Services), eligibility criteria, 1994
Public Utility Commission of Texas, 1994-2006
Texas Coastal Management Program, 1993-1995
Texas Coastal Management Program, 1992-1994
[wallet]
Texas Department on Aging, 1985
Texas State Artist letters, 1991, 1994
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), 1992
(House) Committee on Energy, 1990, 1993
Division of Emergency Management, 1995-1997
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Victoria Flood Victims Relief Fund, 1999
1998 Flood Disaster correspondence, 1998-1999
[Contains FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) funding subfolder.]
Dental Examiners, 1994
Federal welfare legislation, 1996
Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, 1995-1996
Granite House (Texas film corporation), 1995-1997
National Association of Sports Officials, 1987
Police Activities League of Texas (PAL), 1994-1996
Texas Solid Waste Grants Program, 2000
Tort Reform/Liability Issue, 1986
Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Railroad merger, 1995
U.S. Department of the Interior, 1995-1997
Box
2007/047-17 Bastrop, 1987-1988
City of Victoria, 1986-2006
Coastal Conservation Association (red drum fishing), 1986
Refugio County, 1982-1985
Retired senior volunteer program, 1986
Victoria Arts Council, 1983-1984
Victoria Park Action Plan steering committee, 1984
Victoria County, 1983-1984
Texas Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, 1989, 1994
Copies of bills, 1989-1990
Copies of bills, 1987
Correspondence received, 1987
Correspondence received, 1986
Correspondence received, 1984-1985
Individual cases, 1984-1986
Box
2007/047-18 Beach rights in the USA (draft), 1991
Danbury Fish Farms, 1988
Expunction of records, 1995
Fort Bend County Restitution Center proposal, FY 1994-FY 1995, 1993
Precon Structures, Inc., 1988
Proposed hazardous waste facility (near Iago in Wharton County), 1986
Medical waste treatment plant proposal (between Victoria and Bloomington), 1999
Review of special educaiton and related rules, 1995
Roofing contractors (workers' compensation insurance issue), 1989-1990
Congressional district maps, 1982
TEA-21 Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program letters, 1993-1999
TEA-21 Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program letters, 2001-2002
Letters of support for various grant applications in senatorial district, 1987-2006
Letters of support for affordable housing, 1992-2006
Newspaper clippings, 1999
Newspaper clippings, 75th Legislature, 1997
Box
2007/047-19 Fulshear Fields (letters of protest), 1991
Bastrop - Lost Pines Golf Course (constituent letters), 1994
Support letters - proposed SH (State Highway) 130, Caldwell County, 2005
[Constituent name], 1993-1994
Franchise tax correspondence, 1991-1992
[Constituent name], 1986
[Constituent name], 1995
[Constituent name], 1996
[Constituent name], 1992-1994
LEAD (Letting Education Achieve Dreams)/ROC (Regional Outreach Center) programs - support letters for LEAD line item funding, 2001
[Constituent name], 1999
Medicaid cuts, 1996
[Constituent name], 1992
[Constituent name] re: teacher termination problem, 1996
Nursing home cuts - support letters, 2005
[Constituent name], 1986
Letters related to oil and gas, 1986
Petitions to re-open Parker's Cut, Matagorda, Texas, 2000
Investigation complaints against - Ex-Deputy Rick Loosier in DeWitt County, 1994
[Constituent name], 2005
Support letters - Carl Perkins funding, 2003
Ada Sanders Wiseman estate, 1993
Safety Railway Services, 1976-1977, 1981-1983
Schaffer Well Service, Inc. dispute, 1988
[Constituent name], 1983-1984
Shooting range in Eagle Lake, 1987, 1991-1992
Tort reform letters, 1994
Senate bill 9, 74th Legislature, increase in teacher retirement annuity (response letters), 1995
Support letters - Texas State Veterans Home, Smithville, Texas, 2002
Veterans Health Care - support letters for HB 515, 2001
Waller County, Texas - opposition to the expansion and reclassification of Air Rice Airport off of FM 2855 (Remington Trails Community), 2005
Sgt. Velton A. Williams, Game Warden, 1997
[Constituent name], 2002
Box
2007/047-20 Legislative Budget Board, 1994-1996
Senate Administration Committee, 1995-1998
[wallet]
Senate Interim Committee reports, 1997
Senate Committee on International Relations, Trade and Technology (IRTT), 1995-1996
Senate Committee on State Affairs, 1994-1997
State Affairs Committee, 1994-1995
Sunset Advisory Commission, 1993-1995
SB 373 - Restructuring the electric power industry, 1996-1998
Texas Legislative Council, 1991-1993
Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, 1993-1997
Senate Committee on Natural Resources, 1988
[wallet]
Box
2007/047-21 Ken's legislative appointments, 1987-1996
Appointments, 1993
Correspondence, 1992-1993
Constituent correspondence (reply letters), 1991-1993
Correspondence, 1992-1993
Correspondence, 1991
Recommendation letters, 1987-1993
Constituent correspondence, 1989-1990
Correspondence, 1990-1991
Correspondence received, 1988
Box
2007/047-22 Correspondence, 1994
Correspondence from various agencies, 1994-1996
Correspondence (reply letters), 1994-1995
Constituent correspondence, 1994-1995
Correspondence received, 1993-1996
Recommendation letters, 1994-1999
Correspondence (reply letters), 1996-1997
Correspondence related to SB (senate bill) or HB (house bill) being introduced during the 75th Legislative session, 1996-1997
Constituent correspondence, 1996
Correspondence (reply letters), 1998-1999
What's new - Senate (online newsletter), legislative session, 1997
Correspondence received, 1997
Correspondence, 1998
Box
2007/047-23 Bingo, 2004
Community Justice Council, 2003
Child support cases, 1999-2000
Correspondence, 2000
Correspondence, 2001
Constituent correspondence (case work), 1997-2001
Correspondence (reply letters), 2000-2002
Correspondence, 2002
Constituent correspondence (case work), 2002-2003
Correspondence, 2003
Constituent correspondence (case work), 2004
Correspondence, 2004
Correspondence, 2005
Constituent correspondence (case work), 2005
New district map, 2002-2003
[Constituent name] (attorney, Steven D. Urban), 2002
Child support cases, 2004-2005
Flag rules and regulations, 2002
Social Security, 2004
Form letters, 1983-1984, 1988, 2000-2002, undated
Box
2007/047-24 Correspondence received, 2005
Recommendation letters, 2005
Correspondence, 2006
[2 folders]
Recommendation letters, 2006
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), 2004-2006
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), 2002-2006
Texas Health and Human Services (umbrella of five agencies), 2004-2006
Texas Aerospace Scholars, 2000-2006
Eagle Scout letters, 1990-2004
Scout letters, 2005-2006
Girl Scouts letters, 2001-2006
Goliad - opposition to proposed residential care facility to house special needs males (ages 10-17), 2006
[wallet]
Box
2007/047-25 Calhoun County Resource Watch (Diane Wilson), 1990
City of Palacios, 1989
Edwards Aquifer, 1990-1991, 2004-2005
"Water from a stone: the limits of the sustainable development of the Texas Edwards Aquifer," Todd Jaydn Vottler (Ph.D. dissertation), 2000
Edwards Aquifer Authority, 1994-1998
Formosa Plastics Corporation, 1987-1993
[2 folders]
Redistricting, 1990-1997
[wallet]
Draft - Texas Artificial Reef Fishery Management Plan, 1990
Waste Water, Inc., 1990
Wackenhut, 1993-1994
Watermaster program, 1990
Wharton County Junior College, 1996-1997
Wharton County Junior College (litigation), 1991
Box
2007/047-26 Department of the Interior draft environmental assessment (Matagorda Island), 1990
Matagorda Island Comprehensive Management Plan, draft, 1990
Matagorda Island Comprehensive Management Plan, 1990
Supplemental appendix to the master plan and program five year plan, Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, 1984
Matagorda, 1988-1994
[wallet]
Texas Historical Commission (LaSalle shipwreck excavation), 1998-2000
[wallet]
Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, 1996-2006
[wallet]
Box
2007/047-27 Education, 1983-1986
Education, 1986-1988
[wallet]
Education, 1990-1992
[wallet]
Education, 1994-1998
Texas Education Agency, 1999-2004
Education correspondence, 2000, 2006
Education, 1992-1993
Education literature and articles, 1988-1992
Education literature and articles, 1991-1992
Box
2007/047-28 Department of Information Resources, 1993-1997
[5 folders]
Senate Natural Resources Committee, 1994-1997
[2 folders]
Research and Oversight Council on Workers' Compensation, 1994-1996
[1 folder and 1 wallet]
Box
2007/047-29 APPAC (Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood Advisory Council), 1992-1993
Rural health, 1993-1994
Petroleum storage tanks, 1994-1995
Petroleum storage tanks - underground - landfills, 1992, 1994
DHS (Department of Human Services)-CCMS (Child Care Management System) child care info, 1993-1994
University of Houston System, 1992-1995
U.S. Fish and Wildlife - Aransas Wildlife Refuge, 1991, 1994
Texas Parks and Wildlife, park closing, 1992-1995
Victoria gang packet, 1991-1992
Victoria crime prevention, 1992-1993
Criminal justice juvenile code, 1994
Boot Camp America, 1994
Aging - senior citizen issues, 1993
Governor of the Day, 1996
RFG's (reformulated gasoline) - SB 200, 1995
SB 7 - Electric deregulation, 1999
Shrimp farms, 1995-1996
TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice), 1995
Aqua Water Supply, 1998
Long Point Landfill, 1998-1999
Appraisal district info, 1997-1999
Gun legislation - militias - gun owner rights, 1996
Trans-Texas water, 1995
King Fisher (Marine Service, Inc.), 1993
Texas Zoo, 2001
Committee assignments, interim charges, 1995-1999
Education funding - Edna ISD (Independent School District), 1999
Air quality - ozone, 1995, 2000
Prison pay letters, 1999-2000
Interim appointments, 2001
Box
2007/047-30 Department of Information Resources, Internal Audit of the Statewide Telecommunications Section, Final Report, June 10, 1996
Department of Information Resources, Board Strategic Planning Meeting, September 18-20, 1996
[includes 3.5 inch floppy diskette]
Department of Information Resources, Annual Internal Audit Report for Fiscal Year 1996, October 30, 1996
Department of Information Resources Board Meeting, August 1997
Support letters, 1987-1988
Thank you letters and notes, 1987-1993
Thank you letters and notes, 1993-2002
Thank you letters from the 72nd Regular Session, 1991-1992
Congratulation letters from 73rd Regular Session, 1993
Thank you letters, 1999
Thank you letters and notes, 1998-2005
Media list, 2002
News releases, 1993-2000
New state laws, 1995
Committee charges, Interim, 1995-1996
Poet laureate, 1993
Victoria water permit, 1995-1996
Women's Crisis Center, 1993
Transportation improvement projects, 1993-1994
State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, 1992-1993
Transportation correspondence, 1992
Texas Department of Transportation (Corpus Christi District Office telephone listings), 1991
Victoria Transportation Plan, 2015, first public review draft, 1994
Matagorda County, Palacios Marine Education Center, 1994-1995
Matagorda County, Sargent Beach/East Bay cut, etc., 1991-1996
Congratulation certificates, undated

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