State Rep. James Frank Talks: Conservative Coalition Chair has Things In-Progress

“The Conservative Coalition has about 65 of the 95 House Republicans as members, and we’re discussing what needs to be done next session.”

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — “There are very few members serving in the House right now who have ever been through a real, open Speaker’s Race,” said State Rep. James Frank, who represents House Dist. 69 and serves as president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, one of the most influential legislative organizations in Austin that includes both House & Senate legislators as members.

“So during the interim (period between Legislative Sessions,) we’re having meetings and hearings to discuss the issues — Property Taxes, Health Care, Education, virtually every major issue — trying to get groups of legislators together to discuss what the best solutions will be to propose during the next Session,” Frank tells Texas Insider’s Jim Cardle​, providing some insight into the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.

“The Conservative Coalition has about 65 of the 95 House Republicans as members, and we’re discussing what needs to be done next session. And there are certain issues that we vote on in the House where you’re either conservative, or you’re not. If you’re not consistently voting conservatively, then its not OK to say that you are,” Frank said​.

“It doesn’t mean the other folks are bad or evil or anything like that, it just means they’re not voting with us enough to be considered a member of the Conservative Coalition,” said Frank, whose House District 69 is based in Wichita Falls.

One of the problems that conservatives get into sometimes, I think, is that they don’t engage in some of the messier parts of government. For instance, whether you like it or not, the decisions made by the Texas Department of Child Protective Services (CPS) and whether or not to remove a child from a family is one of the core functions of government  — we’ve got to protect the innocent, and unfortunately there’s a number of situations where that happens,” said Frank.

“But since ‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help you’ is not always a good thing, we as legislators need to make sure that the organizations involved in that area are running well, and are not creating more problems than they’re solving.

So last session we passed legislation and gave CPS some accountability tools, and I believe there’s going to be more accountability in the system than we’ve had before, but in the interim between sessions is when all these bills are implemented. Because that’s how the system works, we need to make sure that we don’t have ‘Red State’ legislation that’s passed, and then ‘Blue State’ regulation that’s implemented,” Frank said.

Often the people implementing things, or writing the rules and statutes, don’t always pay attention to, or share the same views as those who passed the bills. In fact, it is very difficult and really requires a lot of effort to understand the importance of implementing the bills the way they were intended when they were passed.

The Texas Conservative Coalition and a few other organizations are starting to watch this more closely — but the ultimate goal is to have laws implemented so that they’ll help kids. No matter how good the idea is behind a bill we pass, if they’re not implemented well, and they don’t help kids, then we’ve failed,” said Frank.


Source: Texas Politics

State Rep. James Frank Talks: Conservative Coalition Chair has Things In-Progress

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