One issue I spend some time on in my other
job as a lobbyist is ex-offender housing.
Employers are nervous about hiring people
with criminal records. Recidivism statistics show those with felony convictions
much more likely to commit crimes than those without felony convictions.
Housing providers feel the same way for the same reason. Besides scaring
people, employers and housing providers are worried about the liabilities. If
you hire or rent an apartment to a person with a document history of killing or
raping or robbing people, and they then do something bad to one of your other
tenants or employees, who do you think is going to get sued? Here's a hint:
It's not going to be the criminal.
Still, there are nearly a million people in
Texas with felony criminal records if you count those behind bars, those on
probation or parole, and those "off paper" who have completed their
sentences. They all need jobs and they all have to live somewhere.
Bills filed by Houston legislators this year
included H.B. 476 and H.B. 1510.
Write a 3-5 pages essay on:
How you will tackle this
public policy problem
These two bills (H.B. 476 and H.B. 1510.)
Identify the bill number
and author(s) for each
Explain what each bill was
designed to do
Who favored and who opposed
What ultimately happened to
And how you would vote on
each, if you were a member of the legislature
Submit in Word. Cite your sources.
For anything to do with the Texas
Legislature, start with the Texas Legislature's website: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/