Bills also address voting, STAAR
shorthand court reporter, boxing timekeeper and shellfish processor. Texas regulates almost onethird of its workforce, which is higher than the national trend, according to a 2009 report by his committee.
Two broadly worded bills by Callegari could affect any occupational license. One would provide a mechanism for phasing out licenses deemed unnecessary; the other would make it easier to challenge rules governing occupational licensing requirements. Similar legislation was filed in 2011 but didn’t pass, said Jeremy Mazur, Callegari’s chief of staff.
“When you regulate an occupation, you are expanding government control on how that job is done. That’s where the rubber really hits the road as far as government control,” Callegari said.
Although regulations suffocate some, others say they aren’t strong enough or up to date.
Brent Graves, president of the Texas Auctioneers Association, said he believes excessive licensing can dampen employment, but for a profession like his, auctioneering, the state hasn’t written meaningful licensing guidelines. Auctioneers don’t need a license for many types of auctions, like an Internet auction. That means a eral felony charge in connection with the incident. S. Mark McIntyre, the assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, has said he thinks the Bryan man acted alone.
According to the affidavit for Henderson’s arrest, an email sent from her Yahoo account on Oct. 18 said, “I will blow Texas State up to small pieces starting with the admissions office today at three central time.”
The email was sent from a Verizon IP address, according to the affidavit, and Henderson is a Verizon subscriber.
The federal criminal complaint against Kelley also hinges on a Verizon IP address but says that the data trail shows he accessed Henderson’s email account through his wronged client can’t have an unscrupulous auctioneer’s license revoked, Graves said.
“If we don’t get up on stage and do the live chant, we don’t need a license,” Graves said.
Another of Callegari’s bills opposes the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The tests are too time consuming and, in high school, count toward too much of a student’s final grade, Callegari said.
Callegari’s bill would replace STAAR with norms outlined by federal No Child Left Behind guidelines. Schools would comply with Stanford and Iowa tests for lower grades (3-8) and the ACT and SAT for higher grades (9-12), Mazur said.
Proponents of STAAR, such as Drew Scheberle, senior vice president of education at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, phone to send the bomb threats.
Local authorities have also charged Kelley with making a false bomb threat at Texas A&M University the day after Texas State was threatened. That email, also sent from Henderson’s account, said, “Campus will be bombed at twelve this afternoon,” according to the complaint.
McIntyre said Kelley is not facing federal charges in connection with that incident because charges were already filed against him in state court.
Henderson’s attorney, John Quinn, said that Assistant District Attorney Jesus Navar told him he hadn’t yet seen the complaint when the two men met in court Wednesday.
Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber said Thursday that Navar is aware of the contents of the affidavit and that he has spoken with the U.S. attorney. Weber said he couldn’t comment on the case further.
Henderson, who has yet to be indicted on said legislation like Callegari’s could undermine efforts to ensure students are prepared for college.
“We have a college readiness problem,” Scheberle said.
Two other Callegari bills would tackle problems smaller in scope.
One would eliminate the requirement of small groundwater districts to provide a voting machine at elections with minuscule voter turnout, unless asked for by a voter. It can cost thousands of dollars to use a voting machine, Callegari said.
Another bill, not yet filed, would require water utilities to report to the state only sewage spills larger than 1,500 gallons, unless the spill occurred in an environmentally sensitive area or into a water body. any of the charges and could not be reached for comment, has denied any involvement in the incident, Quinn said. Kelley has pleaded not guilty, according to court records.
A search of public records on Henderson and Kelley didn’t uncover any criminal histories.
According to the affidavit, Kelley admitted sending Henderson a series of texts — around the time of the bomb threats — in which he apologizes and pleads with her to talk to him.
Three minutes after Texas State received the first threat, Kelley texted, “Call me when you wake up baby,” according to the criminal complaint.
“Baby i was wrong give me the police officer number.”
“And i logged into your email.”
“Answer the phone i need to tell you something you gone hate me for it but hey.”