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Bexar County Sends 'Do No Harm' Legislative Agenda To Lawmakers

Eileen Pace
TPR News

  Bexar County Commissioners have finalized the county’s wish list for the next legislative session.

More than half of next year's Legislative Agenda falls into the category of “do no harm.”

Those items - almost 20 items on the list - involve policy positions on issues that are already in place, but on which commissioners want to take a stand in case any bills arise that would affect the status quo.

Commissioner Kevin Wolff said they want to ensure continued support for the military, which makes a $13 billion impact on the local economy every year.

"We want to make sure that whether it's from a land use standpoint or an infrastructure standpoint such as water supply, etc., that we have all of those things that we need in order to protect the missions on our bases," he said. 

Other policy positions include opposing unfunded mandates, preserving local debt control, and supporting scientific research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. 

The list seeks new legislation in several areas of criminal justice, such as increased funding for the drug court, and election law, such as allowing electronic voter registration. One initiative seeks to allow voters to take their wireless devices into the booth to reference stored information about a candidate or proposition.   

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.