Lobbying For a Worthy Cause

It’s rare to see a lobbyist doing something as useful as advocating for laws that reduce jail populations. Meet former Texas State Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, R-Lampasas, who recently opened a lobbying practice.

Ms. Hupp is the lobbyist for and one of three founders of Texans for Public Safety Solutions. It supports passage of HB 2391, which would let law enforcement officers write citations to -- and not have to take to jail -- people who are found with less than 2 ounces of marijuana, an expired driver's license or in the act of trespassing.

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    by B on Fri Mar 23, 2007 at 04:02:35 PM EST
    Talking about Ms. Hupp's new projects without talking about her opposition to gun control is like talking about Tom Delay's new memoir without mentioning that he has been indicted for felony campaign finance violations.  I'm aware that she saw her parents get killed in a mass shooting, but handguns don't promote civil society.

    Dallas County, Texas, where I live, already has hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars uncollected on thousands of citations for misdemeanors.  My car was rear-ended by a deportable Mexican.  I had to wait an hour for a Dallas Police officer to arrive and cite the driver for no driver's license.  Forced to use a robotic phone system, I never got to ask a human whether the then Immigration and Naturalization Service would actually attempt to apprehend the thug.  I would have been better off if both the driver and the vehicle had been seized and not released until the criminal paid for the damage to my car.  If he couldn't pay, the State should have reimbursed me from a victims' fund financed by fines and proceeds from the auction of property such as the seized car.