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March 11th, 2009
Tenure roots Rose in House

Local State Representative Patrick Rose (left, with Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley on Election Night), demonstrates the bipartisan spirit that has characterized his four terms in the legislature. Photo by Andy Sevilla.

Associate Editor

The 81st session of the Texas Legislature is the fourth for local State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs), whose tenure pulls his attention towards statewide issues while his district keeps him rooted in local matters.

It also, apparently, has him rooted in the State House of Representatives. Asked if he will seek a fifth term in 2010 or seek higher office, Rose said he “will be seeking re-election for a fifth term” in the House because his influence will make him all the more effective as he gains seniority.

On the statewide front, Rose chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee for the second straight term. Through the committee, Rose is taking on a scandal at the Corpus Christi State school, where caretakers are alleged to have put on “fight club” battles between patients.

“These allegations are disgraceful and unacceptable,” Rose said.

Rose is sponsoring two bills – HB 1317 and HB 1589 – to address oversight issues related to state schools.

In addition, Rose serves on the House Higher Education Committee and is vice chair of the House Administration Committee.

Overall, Rose’s legislative agenda emphasizes health, human services, electric cooperatives, jobs,  and education.

“Together we can put an end to check-book politics and return the state government to the people it is supposed to serve,” Rose said.

The matter of electric cooperatives runs local and statewide, considering Rose’s role in bringing about reforms at Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), which has been changing under legal and legislative pressure for 18 months.

Rose said his aim is to bring “transparency and accountability” to the approximately three million people served by the cooperatives in Texas. He is pushing for cooperatives to comply with Open Meetings and Open Record statutes, and said he wants fair and democratic elections for the boards of directors. Rose said he wants all Texas cooperatives to submit annual audits to the Public Utility Commission of Texas for review.

“My job is to protect and fight for the people I serve,” Rose said.

Locally, Rose is compelled to address a desire by the Hays County Commissioners Court, among others, for more county authority. In addition, the status of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) remains a matter of urgency in the views of western Hays County residents.

Rose spoke recently neither in support of nor in opposition to an initiative to give the HTGCD full Chapter 36 authority under the Texas Water Code. The Hays County commissioners recently passed a resolution purportedly seeking Chapter 36 authority, though the resolution added restricting conditions.

“We still have some questions,” Rose said of Chapter 36 authority for the HTGCD. “But we’re looking into it.”

Rose said he is working with State Senator Jeff Wentworth’s (R-San Antonio) office in search of solutions to the looming scarcity of water in Central Texas.

Rose also is working to provide counties with “ordinance making ability” that isn’t presently on the books. He said Hill Country counties need authority to regulate certain land use while imposing specific development fees and penalties. Rose said over-development is his motive for seeking greater county authority. County officials are working in conjunction with House members in support of the initiative.

Statewide, Rose will be the most influential on the Health and Human Services Committee he chairs. Rose said the State Children’s Health Insurance Program could be helping a lot more Texans. He said more than 600,000 uninsured children are eligible for the service. Rose said he is committed to educating the public on enrollment and will put forth energy to recruit those who are being underserved.

Rose added that he will fight for the aging population in Texas, as well as for individuals with intellectual and development disability. He said he will improve the care granted and will bring accountability in care facilities regulated by the state.

From his seat on the Higher Education Committee, Rose can work on the college tuition issue that hits locally at Texas State. Rose said efforts are ongoing to regulate tuition after it was deregulated in Texas in 2003. Since then, tuition at Texas State has risen by 74 percent, while tuition statewide has risen 58 percent, according to a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board report. Rose said deregulated tuition negatively impacts the middle class.

Job creation is a major concern for Rose, who added that he is pursuing career and technology initiatives. He said the manufacturing industry in Texas is much needed and that the San Marcos Manufacturing Association is a “big partner” in supporting legislation to stimulate manufacturing. Rose said he also is committed to helping small businesses throughout the state.

“We have got to give small businesses money from our enterprise fund,” Rose said. “We have to help them survive in these hard times.”

Rose was elected to his fourth term in Novembe to serve a district that takes in Hays, Blanco and Caldwell Counties. He has authored or joint authored about 80 bills for this session.

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0 thoughts on “Tenure roots Rose in House

  1. Mr. Rose, did you know that Texas State has the right to pump water from the San Marcos river even when endangered species are dying from lack of flow? How would you address this problem?

  2. I can’t help but wish Patrick good luck since he is our Representative, but he’s angering us, who voted him into office, by not jumping into granting us Ch. 36 authority for the HTGCD.
    I do have to say however that I’m very supportive of his legislative agenda, particularly on the electric cooperatives, tuition, SCHIP, and helping the elderly and those with disabilities. Keep up the good work Patrick, but understand you can do more, specially with HTGCD.

  3. I really like Patrick and Wil embracing eachother. Perhaps for a common goal, perhaps on their successful election runs, or perhaps out of love. The kind of love that burns bridges. Political bridges that is.
    A picture truly is worth 1,000 words.

  4. I do not understand why the HTGCD does not have full Chapter 36 authority. We need protection and we are not getting it. In response to my concerns, Senator Jeff Wentworth writes “I have not committed to authoring a bill that would include complete Chapter 36 authority.” Mr. Rose has yet to address my letter to him asking why not. And, other districts, falling within their geographic areas of responsibilty has full authority, so why don’t we. Someone has to address why people living in Hays County (particularly western Hays and specifically Wimberley) are having a blind eye turn on this. Do we have to run out of water to get their attention? As a citizen, I demand protection, or at the very least to be treated equally, so let’s get these two to step up to the plate and do the right thing for those of us who need the protection now. Time is wasting and water is running out.

  5. Andy, are you serious? Or, maybe you did not write the caption under the photo saying that Rose “demonstrates the bipartisan spirit that has characterized his four terms in the legislature.”

    Rose is the biggest ‘Democratic’ Republican I have seen in a very long time. Sort of like Rep. Dawnna Dukes.

    Rose has learned very well to cover his bases and go with those in charge. He has been the “alter boy” for Gov. Rick Perry and also was for former Speaker Tom Craddick.

    Rose’s voting history suggests he is more Republican than Democrat — which is fine — however, for example, don’t call yourself a horse if you really are a pig.

    Either you folks at the ‘Newz-ztrem-z’ are naive or trying to scam your readers.

  6. I remember Rose’s campaign ads tried hard not to say, list, or anywhere note that he is technically a Democrat. Struck me as rather odd.

  7. I am one of those opposed to giving the HTGCD full chapter 36 authority. I wonder how many people have read the draft legislation to give HTGCD full authority and the Chapter 36 rules and really understand what they are asking for when they say they are for HTGCD getting full Chapter 36 approval. My guess is there aren’t many people who have gone to this length to understand what they are really saying when they say they want this for the HTGCD. Just as a challenge to the supporters look at what was agreed to in the resolution passed by our Hays county politicos and compare it to draft legislation. Also as you are reading the draft legislation see if there is anything that limits the amount of tax the HTGCD can levy to the rate they have been proposing if they get full Chapter 36. I think you will find that some points are alluded to in the draft legislation, they provide themselves with the language needed so they can fully control all wells and they don’t limit themselves to tax rate they have been talking about which means they are leaving open the door for a higher tax rate, up to 50 cents per hundred. Keep in mind the HTGCD is a government body. So don’t let the name and propaganda lull you into thinking this is private conservation organization. They are from the government and they are here to help you.

  8. One last comment, how many of you supporting full Chapter 36 for HTGCD district are following the rules they have in place today? For example have you registered your well with them? If you have more than one house on a single well have you informed them of this? Do you know of someone who is operating well contrary to the regulation and if so have you informed the HTGCD of these violations so they can step in to help?

  9. What is State Representative Patrick Rose’s position on the House Bill 1893 that would allow the carrying of concealed handguns on college and university campuses? We need to hear his thoughts on this nefarious bill that threatens Texas higher education and our children.

  10. What is State Representative Patrick Rose’s position on the House Bill 1893 that would allow the carrying of concealed handguns on college and university campuses? We need to hear his thoughts on this bill that threatens Texas higher education and our children.

  11. Okay, if we arm the students on campus we can change the name to the OK Corral. Is there anyone out there who really believes this is a good idea?

  12. It is not a matter of if it is a good idea or not. It is a matter of the Constitution of the United States. I don’t believe someone should stand on the street corner and spew venom but I would stand by their right under the 1st amendment. We can not pick and choose which parts of the constitution fit our needs and throw the rest out.

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