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Archive for August 22nd, 2009

County Cmmsr Escobar: Special meeting to implement Ethics Commission

From the NPT Inbox:

August 21, 2009

Dear Friends,

I wanted to make sure you are aware of a very important community issue that the Court will discuss and take action on: implementation of the Ethics legislation. Please read this email, let us know what you think, and attend the special meeting if you can.

A Quick History

For the past year, the effort to create an ethics commission at the County has been underway. The idea started with our Board of Ethics; eventually, they brought forward language for legislation that came to Commissioners Court for approval (and was passed unanimously a total four times); the legislative request went through the legislature (with great work by our sponsors, Representative Marisa Marquez and co-sponsor Representative Chente Quintanilla, Senator Eliot Shapleigh and ultimately gained support of every member of our delegation including Reps. Joe Pickett, Norma Chavez and Joe Moody); finally, a bill authorizing us to create an ethics commission was signed by the Governor on June 19, 2009.

Quick Highlights

The bill that is now in the hands of the County allows us to create an Ethics Commission that will be able to apply consequences to those who violate our ethics code (our code already exists). Here’s what the bill would allow us to do:

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm

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Reyes’ take on Saturday’s health talk at the Pearson Forum; more public appearances to come

News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, followed by a news release from the office of city Rep. Susie Byrd:


Forum extended to allow questions and comments from all who wished to speak
Reyes to continue public meetings with El Pasoans on health insurance reform legislation

El Paso, Texas – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), today discussed health insurance reform legislation with El Pasoans for over two hours at a special edition of the Ray Pearson Forum at Bowie High School. Congressman Reyes extended the forum to ensure that every person who wished to ask a question or provide a comment had the opportunity to do so. Congressman Reyes will continue to meet with local residents to discuss health insurance reform at public meetings throughout the city.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm

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