Bills also ad­dress vot­ing, STAAR


Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Con­tin­ued from B Dereon Tay­ronne Kel­ley Brittany Ni­cole Hen­der­son Con­tact David Barer at 445-3702. Con­tact Ciara O’rourke at 512-392-8750.

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.”

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