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House Committee on Public Safety - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Bob Turner, Chair
Terry Keel, Vice Chair
Leo Berman
Joe Driver
Roberto Gutierrez
Suzanna Gratia Hupp
Carl Isett
Phil King
Mike Villarreal
Charges
• Study current laws relating to the possession of weapons, including but not limited to the administration of the concealed handgun laws, and interactions among state, local and federal laws concerning firearms. Make any appropriate recommendations to enhance the efficiency, consistency and clarity of the laws.
• Study trends and causes in drug use by teens and young adults.
• Gather information related to state and local emergency planning and preparedness for major disasters, including emergency warning systems and large-scale evacuation planning. Determine whether legislation is needed to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.

• Examine the use of advanced technologies by local law enforcement offices, including various forms of high-tech surveillance. Consider the dilemmas that exist between effective law enforcement and government encroachment into citizens' private lives.

• Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.

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