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Parker appointed chairman of House Corrections Committee
From staff reports
State Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, last week was appointed Chairman of the important House Committee on Corrections.
The committee has oversight on such critical issues as: the incarceration and rehabilitation of convicted felons, the operation and management of state correctional facilities, juvenile offenders, procedures of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and other policy areas. Parker served on the Corrections Committee during the previous session before being chosen to lead it this session.
"It is a tremendous honor to lead the work of the Corrections Committee for the 83rd Legislative Session," Parker stated. "I am committed to putting forward thoughtful work in managing the committee and advancing legislation that will empower our correctional system to operate more effectively and efficiently. With this role, I have been given a rare opportunity to improve our correctional processes in order to further safeguard the security of all our families, and it is a challenge that I am humbled to accept."
Texas' criminal justice system currently employees more than 37,000 individuals, has an annual budget of $3.1 billion, houses over 150,000 incarcerated offenders in 111 correctional facilities and supervises more than 87,000 offenders under active parole. In addition to his chairmanship, Parker was also appointed to the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Select Committee on Criminal Procedure. With these appointments he will have the opportunity to further work on matters of criminal procedure and such critical issues as the management of public lands and the power of eminent domain.
In closing, Parker added, "This legislative session will be filled with many critical challenges and large expectations. With the State House now organized and ready to conduct the people's business, I am looking forward to utilizing my committee appointments in advancing business-minded, conservative legislation."
Initially elected on Nov. 7 of 2006, Parker represents both rural and urban parts of Denton County which encompasses the cities of Flower Mound, Argyle, Lantana, Dish, Ponder, Justin, Northlake, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Bartonville, Trophy Club, Roanoke and portions of Lewisville, Fort Worth, Highland Village, Westlake and Southlake.
Serving in his fourth term in the Texas Legislature, Parker is focusing his efforts on economic development, job creation, strengthening border security and immigration policy, promoting fiscally responsible government spending, providing a strong public education system and protecting family values.