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Happy Independence Day! On Monday we will celebrate the 246th anniversary of the greatest and freest nation in history. While we continue to fight the battle for freedom versus humans' natural desire to use government for their own interests, we can pause this weekend to reflect on our great blessing of living in the United States of America. I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy spending time with friends and family over the long weekend.
I had the privilege to be in Santa Barbara, California this week to join the Emerging Leaders summit for GOPAC. While there, I got to visit the Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo. The beautiful open land was peaceful and summoned the feeling of freedom that Reagan often eloquently shared. In his speech on July 4, 1986, he reminded us of the cost of freedom for our founding fathers: 

“Fifty-six men came forward to sign the parchment. It was noted at the time that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. And that was more than rhetoric; each of those men knew the penalty for high treason to the Crown. `We must all hang together,' Benjamin Franklin said, 'or, assuredly, we will all hang separately.' And John Hancock, it is said, wrote his signature in large script so King George could see it without his spectacles. They were brave. They stayed brave through all the bloodshed of the coming years. Their courage created a nation built on a universal claim to human dignity, on the proposition that every man, woman, and child had a right to a future of freedom.”

Freedom is more than rhetoric we share on TV or on social media. It meant something at our founding and continues to be something we must see in the laws that we pass and the execution of those laws by our government. I look forward to celebrating our freedom this weekend and getting back to the business of freedom fighting for Texas.
Since summer vacation began at home at the end of May, the Jetton household has been juggling quality family time and the work of our office. This has left us behind on our weekly briefings and I’m sorry for the break. We have, however, enjoyed quality time at Surfside beach a few times, paddle boarding on Ladybird Lake, lounging in the river at Pedernales Falls State Park, and watched some cool movies (Top Gun!) at the theater as a family. We’ll continue to enjoy our time together, but we’ll also work to stay on top of effectively communicating what your state government is up to.
This summer, a group of students joined our team as interns. They are working with constituents and providing research for potential bills in the 88th Legislative Session. As we focus on the fundamental concerns of our state, including education, infrastructure, and safer communities, we continue to evaluate and address school safety. Since the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24 there have also been additional steps taken by the US Congress, Texas Governor, Texas Legislature, and local officials. 
Uvalde continues to be at the forefront of political discussions (as it should). The State Legislature has previously allocated funds to make our schools more secure and we are working hard to ensure that those security plans are implemented. The safety of our children is paramount and those funds need to reach our school districts, with instructions on implementation, to help prevent another tragedy. 
Uvalde’s School Police Chief, who was previously elected to Uvalde City Council, has been placed on leave due to concerns of delayed confrontation with the gunman. There continue to be many unanswered questions. Investigations continue, led by multiple agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. 

Governor Abbott has vowed that we will provide mental health resources to those affected by the tragedy in Uvalde. On June 28, Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, Senate Finance, and House Appropriations Committee Chairs announced an additional $105.5 million for school safety and mental health initiatives. $100.5 million will be transferred to state agencies and programs to enhance school safety and mental health services in Uvalde and throughout Texas. $5 million will be used by the Hill Country Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Center to assist in evaluating mental health services in the Uvalde community and preparing a needs assessment for the legislature. Click Here for the Press Release.
  
Last month, Speaker Dade Phelan announced the formation of the House Investigative Committee on The Robb Elementary Shooting. The committee has held 7 hearings in Uvalde, TX, and the Texas Capitol. The investigative committee has the power of subpoena and is authorized to conduct depositions and initiate discovery. They are tasked with collecting and analyzing evidence from law enforcement and will report their conclusions to the Texas House for use in future legislation. Click Here for committee details.

Meanwhile, at the federal level, the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed the bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The executive summary of the bill according to the Republican Policy Committee: “The bill expands the existing Medicaid Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic demonstration program nationwide for behavioral health services. It also includes supplemental funding related to school-based mental health and safety, including mental health services, and funding for primary care training, the mental health block grant, and suicide prevention programs.  

The bill provides $750 million in funding over five years to states to support 'crisis intervention services', including the enactment of red flag laws. It clarifies the criteria for prohibiting firearms purchases for crimes committed by juveniles. It establishes the first federal criminal offenses and penalties for 'straw purchasers' – people who purchase guns on behalf of others, usually those who would be banned from purchasing a firearm such as violent criminals, drug dealers, and terrorists." Click Here to view the full report.

Locally, our team has met with local law enforcement offices and received multiple updates from local school districts on measures they have taken to secure their schools. We are evaluating information received in briefings from TEA, DPS, and other relevant state agencies for possible gaps in legislation or implementation of existing laws. 

As the father of two kids in school, I am deeply invested in ensuring Texas families have access to high-quality education in a safe environment. Every child deserves the chance to learn without fear, and parents should never have to wonder if their children will come home after school. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our children return to safe schools, receiving the best possible education. 
Let us know your thoughts!
Our goal is to communicate effectively, with authenticity and simplicity, so that Texans know what and why things are happening, and how to make a difference in their community. We want to empower you with the right information to make things better for yourself, your family, and your neighbors. We will continue to work on this and we want to hear from you about how we can improve on any of the things discussed above.
Jacey Jetton
State Representative
Texas House District 26

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