Beyond City Limits
Edited By Mike Clark-Madison, Fri., March 14, 2003
Today (Thursday) the Texas House's Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations will hold public hearings on a resolution for the state of Texas to support the war and all related policies, as well as a resolution to support national missile defense. HR 68, authored by Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, asks Congress to support building a national missile defense system (aka "Star Wars") "as rapidly as possible." And HR 75, proposed by Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, memorializes Congress to support the Bush administration's war on terrorism, homeland security, and disarmament action against Iraq. Thursday's hearing begins at 8am in room E2.010 of the Capitol Extension. Another bill expected to come up soon in committee: HR 479, sponsored by Bob Hunter, R-Abilene, which calls for draft registration to be "mandatory and automatic" for all men between the ages of 18 and 25 receiving driver licenses. -- L.A.
Local anti-nuke activist Tristan Mendoza has just launched Texas Radiation Online (www.radtexas.org), a Web site examining Texas nuclear-power issues including uranium mining and radioactive waste disposal. The site also includes basic things to know about radiation, reference resources, and more. Over the next few months, the site will also feature regular coverage of the 78th Legislature; Senate Bill 824, co-sponsored by Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, and Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, would allow companies to dump millions of cubic feet of low-level radioactive waste at an undetermined location in Texas. -- L.A.
Leadership Texas/Foundation for Women's Resources is compiling a list of Texas women's organizations. If you have an addition to this list, send the names of the organization and its present chair, its telephone number, and an e-mail contact address to Lisa Barsumian at email@example.com. -- L.A.