New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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CANYON LAKE HIGH SCHOOL JROTC ADVANCES TO COMPETITION ROUND 3
Canyon lake High School IROTX ^leadership Team has advanced to hound 3 of com* petition for the second year in a row.
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and 127 others in probationary positions. He doesn't know exactly what or when legislators will decide something on school funding, and until they do, he admitted much remains up in the air.
NBlSD’s proposed maintenance and operations cuts came in the areas of secondary campus allocations ($125,480) ; athletics ($63,452); summer school ($100,000); personnel services ($562,790); stipends ($133,683); special education days and stipends ($81,907); technology ($77.755); curricu-
firom districts throughout the country. Hawk Battalion team members J.D. Sanders, Tommy Iordan, Nick Sellers, and Marc Bolles competed against nearly 600 teams in Round 2.
Alternates are Rosy Serrano
lum and instruction ($155,503) and professional clues and services ($5,000).
More possible savings could come in the potential elimination or suspension of mandated hut unfunded programs, and Moczygemba is also awaiting word on that from the legislature.
However, he admitted the biggest potential savings comes from personnel.
“What I have shared with our campuses and staff is that 85 percent of our budget is personnel and 15 percent is maintenance and operations -including everything from utilities to supplies to materials,” Moczygemba said. “And we n1
and Cheslyn Garland. While in Washington, the team will he assigned to a group to develop a video on one of the national monuments.
These videos will eventually be* part of the JROTC curriculum.
only looking at a little over $8 million for non-personnel costs... I think the lx*st way to state it is that we can’t turn out the lights, because the party’s not over."
There were very few comments offered by board members or the public during the session, which finished sooner than expected.
Moczygemba advised the board that April 12 is when the district must notify non-professional personnel of their retention for 2011 -12. TYustees tentatively agreed to hold a Special board session on April 7. They will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on March 21.
New Braunfels’ Miller authors bill to halt abuses in asbestos
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State Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, filed House Bill 2034 last week to halt abuses in
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“HB 2034 closes a loophole the trial lawyers have been driving an armored truck through,” Miller told the group. “This bill will stop trial lawyers from gaming the legal system to enrich themselves at the expense of asbestos victims.”
HB 2034 mandates applying for bankruptcy trust payments before going to trial against solvent defendants in asbestos-related personal injury lawsuits. Under Texas law, the bankruptcy trust payments would be considered settlement credits in litigation against solvent defendants.
HB 2034 provides for simultaneous filing of trust claims and tort suits with a deadline of filing trust claims 90 days before trial.
Most trial lawyers filing asbestos lawsuits in Texas don’t file claims with the bankruptcy trusts until after the litigation has concluded, according to Miller, and that practice avoids settlement credits and maximizes damages against solvent defendants.
“We applaud introduction of Representative Miller’s bill, which will address the growing problem of double dipping by asbestos plaintiffs’
lawyers and promote transparency in asbestos litigation,” said Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.
Ninety-six companies have filed bankruptcy because of present and future asbestos liabilities. Sixty-three of those companies have created trusts to pay asbestos-injury claims. Those federal bankruptcy trusts may hold as much as $60 billion in assets to pay asbestos claims, according to Mealey’s 2006 Bankruptcy Report.
“The legal system was designed to make victims whole, not to allow them to collect twice for the same injury,” said Lee Parsley, TCJL president and general counsel.
In other action:
• Miller’s HB 1243 was referred to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The bill relates to the creation of the criminal offense of ingesting a controlled substance while pregnant or introducing a controlled substance into the body of a person who is pregnant and the consequences of the commission of that offense in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.
• Miller’s HB 1272 was referred to the State Affairs Committee.
The bill relates to requiring employers to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program or E-Verify, establishes an unlawful employment practice and provides criminal penalties.
• Miller’s HB 1279 was referred to the Natural Resources Committee. The bill relates to the administration, powers, duties, and operation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
•Millerfiled HB2310, relating to appointment of bailiffs for the district courts in Comal, Hays, and Caldwell counties.
•Miller filed HB 2317, relating to granting Hill Country counties regulatory authority and the authority to impose development fees for roadway infrastructure.
• State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, filed HB 2162, relating to the power of the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority to issue bonds.
• Kuempel filed HB 1952, relating to alcoholic beverage seller training programs.
• Kuempel filed HB 2241, relating to amendment of restrictions in certain residential real estate subdivisions.
• Sen. JeffWentworth, R-San Antonio, who represents New Braunfels, filed SB 1084, relating to regulations on certain complementary and alternative health care services.
•Wentworth filed SB 1148, relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to authorize certain injection wells that transect or terminate in the Edwards Aquifer.
• Wentworth filed SB 1159, relating to an exception to the residency requirements for filing a suit for dissolution of a marriage in this state for certain spouses of military personnel.
• Wentworth filed SB 1161, relating to requiring certain persons to follow certain plans and receive certain mental health services on release or discharge from an inpatient mental health facility.
• Wentworth filed SB 1162, relating to reporting regarding, the apprehension and transportation of, and records relating to certain persons who are or may be persons with mental illness.
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subdivision, council set terms for a performance bond to be set aside to make sure the sub-division’s drainage system functions properly.
The get-tough approach with developers was something citizens demanded after the June 9 flood exposed the shortcomings of drainage systems in many existing subdivisions.
“We have an evolving approach to our drainage issues on new development,” Boyer said.
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Council also called a civil service election for city police on May 14, hired Moeller & Associates’ New Braunfels office to engineer the proposed Panther Canyon and Hunters Creek drainage projects, and named March 19-April 16 as Celebrate Out Springs Month, during which a community education program on Comal Springs and the Comal River will be introduced.Ernesto’s Jewelry
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and strands residents — was approved by council well before the list of other drainage projects was put together following the June 9 flood.
“We need to do what we said, and go ahead and fix it," Nolte said.
If the COs are funded exclusively by property taxes, they could Ixxist the tax rate by 3.62 cents.
But Mayor Bruce Boyer said council would try to keep a tax increase minimal. Chief Financial Officer Debi Korin-chock said a proposed stormwater utility fee could be instituted to pay for a portion of the debt issuance.
Council also approved the plan for Highland Grove, a 228-acre, 788-lot subdivision to be built by Velma Development of San Antonio at Rueck-le Road and Morningside Drive.
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Councilor Mark Goodner voted no, arguing that the Gruene Crossing drainage project should In* placed on the ballot alongside other proposed drainage projects council intends to put before voters.
Councilor Sandy Nolte responded that the Gruene Crossing project — which will improve drainage hut not Completely alleviate flooding at the subdivision’s only entrance, which now floods
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