Interview for the school newspaper, Fall 2019. First question:
Student Reporter: “You’re best known for your opposition to Daylight Saving Time. What else are you interested in?”
Me: “Wait – what?”
Student Reporter: “You had that bill or something, on Daylight Saving Time…”
Me: “Did you say I’m known for it?”
It’s true that I don’t like DST, and it’s true that I signed onto a bill to get rid of it. But however delightfully non-partisan the DST question is, and however mad you may be at me for my opposition to this annual exercise in dangerous sleep disruption and depressingly dark mornings, we all have bigger fish to fry (*see below, “Policy Spotlight: What to do with the messy matrix of maybes in healthcare politics and policy”.
Moving into March, policy conversations are becoming more coherent, as dots connect and pieces fit together. Every day we’re learning more from constituents – individuals, civic organizations, businesses, and local community leaders – and developing proposals and strategies for the next session. I am continuously grateful for the sincere engagement by all sectors of Senate District 16.
Questions? Join me and my staff later this month for our first Town Hall of 2020. RSVP at this link.
In and around the District in February:
- On behalf of my constituent cities, I requested that the Texas Public Utility Commission change the applicable water rate structure so as not to disincentivize successful water conservation programs like those employed by Garland and Rowlett. The PUC recently announced it would undertake a rate review.
- Congressman Colin Allred convened a town hall meeting on the coronavirus. Health experts Dr. Phillip Huang and Dr. Trish Perl joined the panel discussion; I served as moderator and provided an update on the state government’s efforts. Dallas County is among the best prepared places to handle any threat of locally transmitted infection, the federal government has moved to fund immediate research and financial assistance for local efforts and containment and treatment, and the Texas Departments of State Health Services and Emergency Management are working closely with local health authorities to ensure public safety.