Scoreboard, Part II

Last week, we tallied the legislative accomplishments of three members of the Austin delegation. This week, we'll look at Reps. Sherri Greenberg and Dawnna Dukes, and Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos.

According to figures provided by the legislators, Greenberg passed 29 bills, Dukes passed nine, and Barrientos 52. As noted last week, the computer list provided by the Legislative Council provides a lower total for each member, since it lists only the bills' primary author; it shows Greenberg with 14 bills, Dukes with three, and Barrientos with 35.

Greenberg was involved in several important bills this session, including HB 44, which provides criminal penalties for adults whose guns are allowed to get into the hands of children. The law becomes effective September 1. She passed legislation on adoption, domestic violence, and a bill to assure that county political conventions do not conflict with religious holidays. Greenberg also was a sponsor of SB 94, which regulates contributions and expenditures for judicial candidates.

Dukes was able to get HB 2994 - which provides for creation of a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., on the University of Texas campus - attached to another bill which is now on the governor's desk.

Barrientos, the tennis-shoe-wearing filibusterer, gained note for his efforts to scuttle HB 3193, the Lege's gift to Gary Bradley. Barrientos

didn't kill the Bradleyville bill, but he did pass several important measures. He tacked on an amendment to SB 1, the state education bill, which allows schools to expel disruptive students. He also resurrected another education-related bill, HB 1214, in the final days of the session. It creates a prepaid higher education tuition program, a tax-free investment plan for parents who want to save for their children's education. Barrientos also had a hand in working an annexation compromise with the Harris Branch and Maple Run MUDs. - R.B.

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