New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
• Approves Open •cords Overhaul
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate as passed a bill revising the state’s Records Act, including a provi-that would limit what local governments could charge for providing public information.
The measure by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, was approved on a voice vote Thursday and now goes to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.
Wentworth said the bill brings the 22-year-old open records law into the high-tech age by making sure people can obtain information from their government no matter whether it's kept on paper or computer disk.
"In 22 years, most information being maintained is on computer, not just in boxes in the county clerk’s office,” Wentworth said.
The bill would change the term “open records” to “public information” and specify that the law applies to data held in computer memory banks or in audio or video form as well as on paper.
INS: Rio Grande Valley Flooded With Fake Birth Certificates
HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — An immigration investigator says he’s amazed at the number of fake Texas birth certificates issued by lay midwives to children who were actually bom in Mexico.
“It just blew me out of the water when I started counting the numbers,” said Gilbert Trevino, special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
So far, Trevino has counted 1,500 bogus birth certificates, and he believes the number will increase before “Operation Partera” — Spanish for midwife — is done.
The three-year investigation discovered that several midwives in Cameron County were charging Mexican couples $800 to $1,200 for false documents stating that their children were bom in the United States.
“There are several midwives here and we have found they are not very honest people,” said Trevino, who is heading the investigation from the agency’s Harlingen office. “There’s too much money to be made out there, and they are taking advantage of the system.”
Storms Revive Hope for Drought-Plagued Farmers
Drizzles and downpours have washed away some anxiety this week for farmers in parched West Texas.
Residents of Snyder could consider their rainfall heavenly sent. Almost 200 people turned out at a park a few weeks ago to pray for an end to months of dry weather.
Miller Robinson, pastor of Colonial Hill Baptist Church, said about 1.5 inches of rain fell Thursday.
“We’re just very grateful for it,” Robinson said. “All we did was ask.”
Rain was forecast to continue as Memorial Day Weekend opens today.
“It’s nice, it’s nice,” said Dennis Newton, agriculture extension agent in Hereford. “We were really desperate.”
The National Weather Service recorded 2.5 inches of rain near Hereford early Thursday. Newton knew this: enough fell to make puddles in the street and drips off his hat.
“We’re going to need some more,” he said. But “everybody’s excited to finally get a little moisture.”
The rains accompanied a cold front that held temperatures in the 50s
By late afternoon Thursday, Amarillo had climbed to just 52 degrees — 30 notches below that city’s normal high reading for May 25.
Justice Department Investigates Charges Agents Set Booby Traps
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Border Patrol agents wouldn’t set border boo-' by traps as has been alleged in an anonymous complaint made to the U.S. Justice Department, an agency official says.
“Nobody is going to go out and try to hurt anyone. That’s absolutely absurd,” acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Jerry Armstrong said Thursday.
Still, Armstrong said the agency welcomes an ongoing investigation of the allegations by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, and would move to punish any transgressors found by the probe.
“lf OIG comes up with something, then you can be guaranteed that we'll take whatever action is appropriate under the circumstances,” he said.
The Justice Department received the booby trap complaints within the last two weeks, the second time this year the issue has been raised with the agency, said Steve Beauchamp, special
agent in charge of the OIG in El Paso.
House Gives Final Approval To Juvenile Crime Bill
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has given final approval to an overhaul of the juvenile justice system that seeks to carry out Gov. George W. Bush’s campaign pledge to get tough on violent youths.
“It’ll remove the bad kids from the street and it’ll keep them off the street,” said Rep. Toby Goodman, R-Arling-ton, the bill’s author.
Tile House passed the bill 137-10 Thursday. The measure needs final 4 » Senate approval before heading to * Bush, who made juvenile crime reform ♦ one of his four top legislative priorities. J “This bill re-establishes the concept * of punishment as a deterjent to juvenile # crime. It says to young people, ‘We’re * going to help you, but if you engage in J criminal behavior, you’re going to pay 4 a price,’” said the governor’s press sec- « rotary, Karen Hughes. <
“It fulfills basically all of his major J campaign pledges in the area of juve- -
nile crime,” she said.
The juvenile crime rate in Texas has skyrocketed 281 percent since 1987. In 1993, more than 77,000 youths were arrested.
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