RECAP: Chairman Coleman Holds County Affairs Committee Hearing in Houston / Sandra Bland exhibit opens at Houston Museum of African-American Culture


RECAP:
Chairman Coleman Holds County Affairs Committee Hearing in Houston

The House Committee on County Affairs that I chair met at the University of Houston – Downtown campus on Tuesday, February 6th,  to hear from experts and the public regarding interim charges related to Hurricane Harvey and county authority.  Additionally, the Committee  discussed the implementation of Senate Bill 1849, known as the “Sandra Bland Act.”

Thank you to Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster), Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston), Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston), Representative Kevin Roberts (R-Houston), and Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) for coming to Houston for this important hearing.
Thank you to University of Houston – Downtown President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz and Vice President of Administration and Finance David Bradley for giving the Committee a tour of the campus so the committee members could survey the damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Thank you to all who came out to our hearing. Below, please find an overview of what we covered at the committee hearing, a list of speakers, and photos from the tour.


Chairman Garnet Coleman begins the County Affairs hearing on February 6, 2018. From left to right: Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas), Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster), Committee Director Kelsey Bernstein, and Chairman Coleman.

 



WHAT: Committee on County Affairs Hearing
WHEN: February 6, 2018, 9:00am
WHERE: The University of Houston-Downtown Campus
Welcome Center Building, Milam and Travis Rooms
201 Girard Street | Houston, TX 77002

Invited Testimony

SB 1849 “Sandra Bland Act” Implementation: 
  • Sonja Gaines, Associate Commissioner, IDD-Behavioral Health Services, Health and Human Services Commission
  • Brandon Wood, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards
  • Gretchen Grigsby, Director of Government Relations, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Scott Donaldson, Chairman-Basic Peace Officer Course Committee, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
Statewide Overview of Emergency Response and Recovery
  • W. Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Michael deMasi, Chief Emergency Management, US Army Corp of Engineers-Galveston District
Harris County- Local Impact, Authority, and Recovery
Panel #1
  • Honorable Ed Emmett, County Judge, Harris County
  • Rodney Ellis, Commissioner for Precinct 1, Harris County
Panel #2
  • Mark Sloan, Emergency Management Coordinator, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Russ Poppe, P.E., Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control
  • Josh Stuckey, Chief Administrative Officer, Harris County Public Infrastructure Coordination
  • Shain Carrizal, Director of Finance and Administration, Harris County Budget Management Department
  • Dr. Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health
  • Daphne Lemelle, Community Development Director, Harris County Community Services Department
City of Houston- Local Impact, Authority, and Recovery
  • Stephen Costello, P.E., Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston
  • Carol Haddock, Director, City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering
River Authorities Impact, Purpose, and Local Coordination  
  •  Jace Houston, General Manager, San Jacinto River Authority
  • Brad Brunett, Water Services Manager, Brazos River Authority
Local Entity Coordination with Charitable Organizations  
  • Bret Champion, Ed.D., Superintendent, Klein Independent School District
  • Dr. Mark Henry, Ed.D., Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
  • Matt Roberson, Lead Pastor, TheMET Church
  • Melissa Noriega, Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, Baker Ripley
  • Nyla Woods, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston
  • Anna Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
Natural Disaster Studies, Findings, and Recommendations  
  • Dr. Jim Granato, Ph.D., Executive Director, University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs
  • Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP., Project Manager, Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium

Photo Gallery

               

Chairman Coleman points out landmarks in downtown Houston to Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster) before the County Affairs hearing on February 6, 2018.


From left to right: Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas), Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster), and Chairman Coleman (D-Houston) discussing UHD’s efforts to rebuild after Harvey flooded the campus on February 6, 2018.


From left to right: Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas), Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster), Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), and Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), discussing UHD’s efforts to rebuild after Harvey flooded the campus on February 6, 2018. The area where this picture was taken was completely submerged due to Harvey flooding.


From left to right: Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD Vice President of Administration and Finance David Bradley,  Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster), and Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) on February 6, 2018.  The Main Building at UHD was also damaged in Harvey.


From left to right: Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Vice UHD President David Bradley, Vice-Chairman Drew Springer (R-Muenster), Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, and Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) overlooking the bayou on UHD campus that overflowed due to Harvey on February 6, 2018          .


UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz shows how high the Harvey waters were at UHD. The plaque at the bottom marked where Hurricane Allison flooded the campus in 2001.


Sandra Bland exhibit opens at Houston Museum of African-American Culture

The Houston Museum of African-American Culture is celebrating the life of Ms. Sandra Bland during Black History Month with an interactive exhibit.

The exhibit runs until February 28. See below for hours and details. Click here for more information.

ADDRESS
Houston Museum of African-American Culture
4807 Caroline Houston, Texas 77004

HOURS
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11a-6pm
Thursday: 11am-8pm
Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm

ADMISSION
General Admission to the museum is free, however donations are accepted.

CONTACT
(713) 526-1015
info@hmaac.org

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