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Victoria, TX

Texas Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program Petition!!!!!

I am so sorry that you all have been victims of the scandalous DRP! Write your representatives and tell everyone you know about the petition! Also, if you are interested in testifying in front of the Legislature in the next session, then please email me. Many thanks~  (Jan 26, 2008 | post #11)

El Paso Times

El Paso Times - State database

Where exactly in Texas can you find mass transit? Metro does not go beyond the Houston city limits. How do you get to work? To get groceries? Get your kids to school or the doctor? What if you have a family emergency? Thanks to a severe lack of sidewalks (even though it is one of the most basic parts of our infrastructure), people are risking their lives as they are forced to walk along side busy roads or in the street while walking to work, school, etc.. The harsh surcharge penalties leave many otherwise law abiding citizens, with suspended licenses. This leads to an increase in hit and run incidents as people are afraid of going to jail for driving (even if it was an accident and they could help the person by staying). If you have a financial emergency and miss a payment, how is charging you more going to help the situation? The program actually creates more uninsured drivers and thanks to the Driver Responsibility Program, more unlicensed drivers (who couldn't afford extensive fees created to balance the budget in 2003). If money is not an issue, then the DRP Surcharges are not an issue. However, many other Texas Drivers simply cannot afford the outrageous fines (which are in addition to whatever you pay in court). The law is unfair and unconstitutional, and amounts to the very essence of double jeopardy, as well as imprisonment for debt. Insurance rates have skyrocketed and many people face feeding their kids or paying the bills. If it is the law to have insurance, than it should be more affordable. Preventing people from working creates more costly problems in Texas. My complaints about the surcharge program~ you can have a clean record and get one ticket for an expired driver's license, then go to court, take care of it, and more than a year later, receive a surcharge that you had never heard of before, not even in court. If you cannot pay, then you lose your license or go to jail. Most people have no idea that they even owe money in the first place. Offenses like an expired DL or missing one insurance payment is not directly related to Trauma care costs. Illegal immigration and individuals without heath insurance are the real factors. Also, just because you miss one payment does not mean that you are not covered, so the insurance verification program is fining or arresting people illegally. See legal def. of 'proof of financial responsibility'. If the state was truly concerned with drivers having insurance, they would not try to extort more money out of someone just because they were having trouble making a payment on their insurance. The surcharge is only prolonging the time that people may risk driving uninsured. The surcharges are also going to pay for the Trans Texas corridor. Who receives money from the surcharges? www.txdps.state.tx .us/director_staff /public_informatio n/pr081903c.htm Each surcharge collected by the department under this law will be remitted to the Comptroller, on a monthly basis. Trauma centers and county and regional emergency medical services will receive 49.5 percent of the collected money, and the Texas Mobility fund will receive 49.5 percent of the collected money. The money that goes to trauma centers will be handled by the Texas Department of Health, while the **Texas Department of Transportation ** will handle money going to the **Mobility fund**, which funds highway projects, including the **Trans-Texas Corridor**. The remaining one percent of the collected money will go to DPS for operation of the Driver Responsibility program. The DRP legislation is engineered to generate revenue for the Trans-Texas Corridor. It was established to coincide with the law authorizing the TTC. Great Study- www.nedlc.org/cent er/license.pdf  (Dec 20, 2007 | post #1)

Texas

Texas To Track Emergency Evacuees Using RFID

I agree that priorities are way off base. Google the 2008 Real ID Act~  (Dec 10, 2007 | post #3)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

http://www.enotes. com/everyday-law-e ncyclopedia/ eligibility-govern ment-services In 1996, with the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), also known as the welfare reform bill, conditions changed dramatically for legal immigrants. As of 2002, legal immigrants face a patchwork of laws in the various states that may or may not give them the right to benefit from various public assistance programs. By contrast, illegal immigrants are banned from any sort of public assistance under PRWORA, including the very limited services that some states may have chosen to provide them before the act was passed. States giving out public benefits must now verify that immigrants are legal before they receive such benefits.  (Dec 7, 2007 | post #29)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

In Texas, for example, Attorney General John Cornyn recently handed down a non-binding opinion that the PRWORA bars Texas hospitals from providing non-emergency care to illegal immigrants unless the state passes legislation authorizing it. Ironically, his decision was the result of a request for legal guidance by Harris County Hospital District, which wanted to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to sign up for a subsidized medical plan. After a briefing by Rodriquez in August, the El Paso County Hospital District voted unanimously to continue providing free or discounted non-emergency and preventative health care to eligible residents of the county, without inquiring about their citizenship or immigration status. Nevertheless, in September, the group Young Conservatives of Texas filed formal complaints with district attorneys representing Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso asking them to investigate whether public health providers were in violation of PRWORA regulations. Meanwhile, hospitals in Montgomery County and Corpus Christi have stopped providing non-emergency health care to undocumented immigrants, leaving nearly a thousand people without access to health services.  (Dec 7, 2007 | post #28)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

http://www.law.uh. edu/healthlaw/pers pectives/PublicHea lth/010828Undocume nted.html While the Attorney General’s opinion is not binding as law, Cornyn has warned the Hospital District of the possible consequences of disobeying federal regulations. Public hospitals and clinics risk losing federal funding. The district could be vulnerable to exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid. TX: Attorney General Claims that Harris County Violates PRWORA in Providing Free Care to Undocumented Immigrants, 20 Newsline 8 (July 31, 2001), at http://www.naph.or g/publications/ind ex.cfm?publication _issue_id=2168publ ication_article_id =450. The stakes of noncompliance, already great, were raised further by Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal. The District Attorney initiated a criminal investigation of District officials to determine whether they have violated state laws against the misspending of public funds. If the district attorney finds violations, district hospital officials could face jail terms between 5 and 99 years. Id. However, the Hospital District is optimistic that the criminal investigation will not result in criminal charges. Steve Brewer, Hospital District Official Sees No Charges in Probe, Houston Chronicle, Aug. 24, 2001, at 34A.  (Dec 7, 2007 | post #26)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

http://64.233.169. 104/search?q=cache :hVBpXBrrSsUJ:www. senate.state.tx.us /SRC/pdf/RM_AG.pdf +PRWORA+and+texas &hl=en&ct= clnk&cd=6& gl=us&client=f irefox-a  (Dec 7, 2007 | post #25)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

I believe that your information is outdated. http://64.233.169. 104/search?q=cache :hVBpXBrrSsUJ:www. senate.state.tx.us /SRC/pdf/RM_AG.pdf +PRWORA+and+texas &hl=en&ct= clnk&cd=6& gl=us&client=f irefox-a http://www.senate. state.tx.us/SRC/pd f/RM_AG.pdf Cornyn discussed the possible penalties if HCHD chose to provide routine health care to undocumented aliens despite PRWORA. On July 10, 2001, in Opinion No. JC-0394, Attorney General John Cornyn ruled that the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) bars the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) from providing discounted health care to undocumented aliens. PRWORA provides that undocumented aliens are ineligible for state and local public benefits, unless a state enacts a law after August 22, 1996, affirmatively providing that illegal aliens are eligible for certain state or local benefits. Cornyn found that no Texas law affirmatively provides that residents of hospital districts are eligible for public benefits without regard to immigration status. Cornyn noted that nothing under Texas law precludes HCHD from providing nonemergency medical services to indigent undocumented aliens. However, Cornyn declared, HCHD may not ignore federal law regarding eligibility for nonemergency health care. Under PRWORA, undocumented or illegal aliens are ineligible for state and local public assistance. The only exceptions to PRWORA’s prohibition are emergency medical care and immunizations and the testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases  (Dec 7, 2007 | post #24)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

All people who are covered by the Constitution- not illegal immigrants  (Dec 7, 2007 | post #22)

Texas

Texas Hospital May Drop Illegals' Care

The pay raises are related to economics, and supply and demand. There is a difference in demanding a sign on bonus and being offered one as an incentive when there is a scarcity of qualified individuals who can fulfill your position. Courts ruled that although hospitals/trauma care centers are required to treat all Americans, regardless of their health care coverage, it is unconstitutional to continue doing so for undocumented immigrants who are here illegally. Some hospitals chose to defy the order. Now, after suffering financially for so long, they may simply be following the previous order.  (Dec 4, 2007 | post #5)

Victoria, TX

Texas Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program Petition!!!!!

Please e-mail me!  (Dec 4, 2007 | post #6)

Texas

Next Hearing For Lawsuit To STOP TxDOT's Illegal Lobbying

I will let you know when the report I will present in the next legislative session is available!  (Dec 4, 2007 | post #11)

Texas

Next Hearing For Lawsuit To STOP TxDOT's Illegal Lobbying

I suggest visiting the online legislative library ad searching items relating to NAFTA, TTC, DRP, Trauma Care, Insurance, DRP, etc. within legislative sessions 75-80. To determine legislative intent, you must read various versions of proposed legislation relating to creation of and implementation of H.B 3588, in the 78th Legislative Session (and the Senate Resolution voted on in 2001 that allowed the state to amend the Constitution, thus changing the history of Texas Pay as you go method). Oh, and examine who authored the various bills, who sponsored them, any related lobbyist involvement, the house, senate, and research organization's finding and recommendations, etc. Then look at as many reports as you can find on: Medical cost, insurance costs, health insurance coverage, trauma care studies, speeding, having an expired driver's license, automobile insurance law, payment, redlining, availability, results of similar programs in other states,the legality and constitutionality, etc. Compare the intended goals of the DRP and examine the resulting situation. Hundreds of thousands of drivers are now driving without a license because they cannot afford an expensive surcharge. Because of this, they cannot get insurance. They still must get to work, but now, thanks to the surcharge, your chance of encountering an uninsured motorist had practically tripled!  (Dec 4, 2007 | post #10)

Texas

Next Hearing For Lawsuit To STOP TxDOT's Illegal Lobbying

Please see: http://www.txdps.s tate.tx.us/directo r_staff/public_inf ormation/pr081903c .htm Trauma centers will receive 49.5 percent of the collected money,and the Texas Mobility fund will receive 49.5 percent of the collected money...the **Texas Department of Transportation ** will handle money going to the **Mobility fund**, which funds highway projects, including the **Trans-Texas Corridor**. The remaining one percent of the collected money will go to DPS for operation of the Driver Responsibility program. In order to understand the motives behind the DRP and the TTC, you must examine years of legislation, committee reports, house research reports, etc. The DRP legislation is engineered to generate revenue for the Trans-Texas Corridor. It was established to coincide with the law authorizing the TTC. New information also reveals that the money allocated for Trauma centers is not even going to the Trauma centers. Also, the Trauma care costs are in part due to the decision the hospital made in disobeying a court order not to treat illegal immigrants (because we couldn't afford it).  (Dec 4, 2007 | post #9)

Texas Government

Should the governor have more power?

I found this in an article today... http://www.dallasn ews.com/sharedcont ent/dws/dn/latestn ews/stories/110307 dntexcancermoney.3 704440.html "Together Mr. Perry, Mr. Dewhurst and Mr. Craddick will appoint nine of the 11 people who will oversee expenditures and operations for the cancer initiative. They will also appoint all voting members of the committee that will review research grant proposals and hand out funds." "Obviously, the medical research community in Texas has a massive interest in this," said Mr. Wheat. Research institutions within Texas will be competing for the money, and political appointees will decide who gets it. "I'm just not convinced that this political system is the best allocator of research dollars. It's not really their area of expertise."  (Nov 9, 2007 | post #3)

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