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by seamusTX
Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:24 am
Forum: 2007 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Jerry Patterson speaks out
Replies: 5
Views: 3324

ELB wrote:Hmmm, Seamus, I am not sure you are completely correct about "Mr. Patterson thinks every veteran should be eligible."

As I read the article, Mr. Patterson seems to be saying that this law is intended to apply to veterans who are legal "green-card" holders AND Texas residents at the time they entered service. This is not the same as waiving tuition and fees for ALL veterans, regardless of where they entered service, who are NOW Texas residents.
I can't tell. Mr. Patterson does not give specific language for proposed legislation, so we can only guess or ask him.

Personally, I think education is a good investment for the person who receives it and for the state. People with college education earn more money and pay more taxes. They are less likely to need state services.

- Jim
by seamusTX
Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: 2007 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Jerry Patterson speaks out
Replies: 5
Views: 3324

Jerry Patterson speaks out

http://news.galvestondailynews.com/stor ... 13b34450ab

This starts out off-topic, but bear with me.

Texas law waives tuition at state colleges to veterans, which is great. But the law applies only to people who were U.S. citizens and Texas residents at the time they enlisted.

Mr. Patterson thinks every veteran should be eligible. (I agree.)

He goes on to explain
Jerry Patterson wrote:When I authored the Texas Concealed Handgun Law, I ensured that it allowed permits to be granted to legal permanent residents as well as citizens. I did so because I believe the right to bear arms is a constitutional right that applies to every legal resident, whether or not they have achieved citizen status. After all, they are in America by choice, rather than by accident of birth.

By the same token, I believe the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment also applies in this case.
- Jim

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