Friday, June 16, 2017

New Camera



Pretty sure I heard new camera salesman say today, after looking at my portfolio, under his breath, instead of me getting a new camera I should take the money and get cataract surgery.  Pretty sure.


I knew I was over my pay grade when it told me to have my new camera "touch" my "device" so they could synchronize... and sure enough the camera talked to the phone.  And now ....???


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Nice going America.  See what you got us into?
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Maybe this administration isn’t the well-oiled machine we were promised.
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Sunset Bill
SB 302 by Watson (D-Austin), relating to the continuation and functions of the State Bar, was signed by the Governor on June 9, 2017, continuing the State Bar for 12 more years. Other provisions of SB 302, which goes into effect on September 1, 2017, include: 

  • retaining the rules referendum vote for State Bar members;
  • requiring a referendum for any dues increase except for one not exceeding 10 percent, no more frequently than every six years;
  • giving the State Bar access, going forward, to fingerprint-based criminal history information for bar examinees and new bar members;
  • making various enhancements to the grievance process, including new investigative tools, sanction guidelines, and greater opportunity for earlier resolution of complaints;
  • requiring the State Bar to post more data on its website about attorney disciplinary actions;
  • maximizing the use of the informal dispute resolution program in the grievance system; and,
  • creating an independent ombudsman to answer questions regarding the grievance process and to ensure that the system is working.
Special Session
On Tuesday, June 6, Governor Greg Abbott announced a special session to begin July 18, 2017. The initial call will be for sunset legislation to keep several state agencies alive, including the Texas Medical Board. After that bill passes the Senate, there will be 19 additional items added to the call. See the Governor’s proclamation here.
Vetoes
As of Thursday, June 15, Governor Greg Abbott had acted on (signed, vetoed, or let become law without his signature) all bills passed by the Legislature. The Governor vetoed a total of 50 bills, compared to 42 bills vetoed in the 84th session. The Governor’s veto statements are availablehere.
2018-2019 Budget
SB 1, the General Appropriations Act for the 2018-19 biennium, was signed by Governor Abbott on June 12, 2017, and goes into effect on September 1, 2017. The Governor exercised his line-item veto authority by cutting approximately $120 million from the $217 billion state budget. Click here to review the Governor’s budget proclamation and veto statements.
Among the items vetoed was an appropriation to the Office of Court Administration for the funding of a Guardian Compliance Project, which was created in SB 667, also vetoed by the Governor.
September Bar Journal
The September issue of the Texas Bar Journal will include a legislative update. The articles published will identify major changes to specific areas of law and offer some preliminary analysis on how those changes may affect Texas lawyers and their clients.
Upcoming Legislative Updates
TexasBarCLE will be offering a series of legislative updates in the coming months. Visit texasbarcle.com for more information. (Search under live courses or webcasts on the left hand toolbar to find upcoming courses.) 

  • Legislative Update 2017: Family Law (live); 8:40 a.m. to noon June 28, Houston 

  • Legislative Update 2017: Family Law (live); 8:40 a.m. to noon June 30, Dallas 

  • Legislative Update 2017: Family Law (live); 8:40 a.m. to noon July 14, Austin 
  • Legislative Update 2017: Family Law (webcast); 8:40 a.m. to noonJuly 14
  • Child Protection Legislative Update: 85th Legislative Session (webcast); 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 24
  • Legislative Update 2017: Property Owners Associations/Condos & Subdivisions (webcast); 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. August 15
  • Legislative Update 2017: Litigation (webcast); 10 to 11:30 a.m. August 30
  • Legislative Update 2017: Sanctuary Cities Law (webcast); 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. August 30
  • Legislative Update 2017: Estate and Trust Law (webcast); 2 to 3:30 p.m. August 30
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BREAKING NEWS

Police officer acquitted in shooting streamed on Facebook

A Minnesota police officer has been acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. The case garnered immediate attention because Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.
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New backup camera D500

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