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Texas Senate, District 8

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    Scott Jameson (L) Texas Real Estate Broker and cyber security consultant

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What are the state's greatest challenges that government can address?

The current two-year budget restored billions of dollars from previous cuts. Are there places where you advocate more spending and, if so, how would you pay for it? Are there areas where you would spend less?

The state’s business climate is considered a jobs magnet. How would you improve on today’s business conditions, regulation or promotion?

Please assess the safety net for Texas' poor and working poor. What changes, if any, would you make?

The 2013 Legislature broke with the recent past and boosted spending on mental health care. What other reforms should lawmakers pursue to address mental health in Texas?

What would you advocate to prevent another disaster like what happened in West?

Texas' "Closing the Gaps in Higher Education" master plan is due for a 2015 update. Are there new directions or initiatives you advocate for the state's colleges and universities?

How will you judge whether the state’s new accountability system is working for public education?

The Legislature may have to contend with another court order to overhaul the system of financing public schools. What is your idea of a better way to support public education in Texas?

If voters approve an extra $1.2 billion a year in highway spending in November, that’s only a fraction of what TxDOT says is needed. How would you bridge that gap to meet the needs of the growing population: taxes, fees, tolls, borrowing, some combination, or none of the above? Please be specific.

An ABA-sponsored, bipartisan review of Texas’ death penalty recommended numerous reforms. What weaknesses or needed improvements would you cite in the administration of the death penalty?

Do you favor open carry for handgun owners in Texas?

Gov. Rick Perry has advocated "decriminalization" of marijuana possession. What changes would you support in prosecution of drug laws in Texas?

Would you vote to place a medical marijuana amendment before Texas voters?

What changes, if any, would you make in Texas’ open records and open meetings laws?

Should the Legislature pass laws that supersede local control over oil and gas drilling?

What, if anything, should the state do to reform laws that govern payday lending?

City/Town Plano, Texas 75075
Campaign Phone Number (469) 688-4317
Email Address scott@scottjameson.org
Ten years
Texas Real Estate Broker and cyber security consultant
BBA Baylor University MBA UT Arlington MS UT Dallas
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U.S. Senate U.S Vice-President Texas Lt. Governor
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Andrew Jackson for his stand against corrupt central banking.
To make a positive difference for all Texans.
My campaign, like Van Taylor’s, is pleased to announce that I am also running un-opposed. Van has served one term in the Texas House. While there he voted: for an internet sales tax, for more Republican-biased redistricting, against term limits, for unemployment benefit drug testing, and for abortion provider restrictions just to financially benefit the business concerns of people like Rick Perry and his sister. “Moving Van” as his close friends call him, did nothing to improve health care for anyone, and in fact supported the Republican’s “Interstate Health Care Compact” to continue to be pointlessly combative about health insurance and care improvement. If these are your positions, you should vote for Moving Van. If you are looking for someone to represent Texas Senate District 8 that will actually listen to you, learn and think about the issues, and then support initiatives to improve our situation, you should vote for me instead. Also, from my experience, when Van is asked any question, say about water quality and conservation improvement in north Texas, he refers to his military service and family values. If you are looking for a politician who reprocesses stale and uninformed Republican watershed positions backed by cheap emotional appeals, vote for him. If you want someone to represent you in Austin who has a lucid brain and actually cares about making a positive difference for all Texans, you should vote Scott Jameson for Texas Senate District 8.
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Let’s redistrict the state one more time, but this time actually use one of the several mapping algorithms that can generate politically unbiased district lines and actually comply with various court orders. Then we can perhaps elect different people to represent us in the Texas Congress, and see what the people want.
The point of any regulation should be to enhance public safety, not to encourage or discourage the existence of any particular business. It is not the job of the government to create or destroy jobs.
As a start, we need to accept the federal funds for Medicaid expansion. Rick Perry had no authority to proclaim Texas was opting out. Of course, Medicaid and Medicare are currently subject to waste and fraud, so obviously there is a lot of work to be done if we want to make these programs viable solutions.
One thing we can do, if we care about improving mental health and reducing violence in our state, would be to restrict the sale of alcohol. Too many areas have looked to alcohol taxes as a solution to budget problems, at the cost of lives and the general mental stability of Texans. Even if we decriminalize marijuana as Rick Perry proposes, we need to stay focused on the fact that substance abuse is a major cause of violence, social instability and financial loss.
Regulatory mishaps, persistent criminal negligence by the operators, and, according to investigator reports, perhaps arson in the end were all factors in this tragedy. The fact that the business owners are suing in a Waco court to blame the City of West is another sad indicator that they are unwilling to take responsibility for their criminal acts (safety violations, failure to file accurate reports, etc.) leading to the explosion. One solution would be to stop making explosive fertilizers in Texas. There are alternatives.
There is still significant waste, fraud, theft and employment law violations occurring in the UT System all the time. Until the administrations and human resource departments of the various state colleges and universities can be purged, nothing else matters in regard to discussing additional improvements beyond what is already in the master plan.
According to its own detailed metrics of course.
The Texas Constitution says that the state must distribute equally for every student to promote education. School districts’ main funding source is property tax which can vary by district, a funding source that cannot be shared with other districts or redistributed.by the state. Sharing or redistributing a district’s property tax based funding violates the Texas Constitution and breaches its legal relationship to bondholders. However, the state’s contribution, from whatever source it chooses (other than property tax) must equally fund every student, including private and home schooled students. The sooner the two legacy political parties decide to stop initiating and encouraging litigation regarding education funding and decide to actually follow the clear education funding process of the Texas Constitution, the better.
Texas needs to build and maintain green roads like North Carolina. North Carolina has the lowest cost per mile in the nation, and their green roads work fine. Recycled rubber tires, roofing shingles, and even glass aggregates are the future for our roads. We would save Texas taxpayers a fortune, and prevent the release of 100s of millions of tons of C02. CO2 emissions result from the mining of base materials, the construction process and just everyday existence of traditional asphalt roads. Even if we continue down the road with asphalt in the short term, asphalt can be recycled in many projects at point of use cheaper and more eco-friendly than bringing in all new materials. With our wide open spaces and love of cars, we could green light every project on the already existing detailed, prioritized list of transportation projects for Texas based on these green technologies. However, besides just building more lanes, I think we should focus on making public transportation projects affordable to the government while also being affordable, convenient and enticing to the public. To fund them all properly, we need to redirect car and other transportation related taxes from the general revenue slush fund to TxDOT. In regard to state contracts, we must eliminate the overpricing inherent in the current cost-plus road construction bidding process. An engineering road performance criteria should be part of RFQs, motivating contractors to deal with the cost variable of asphalt, if they chose to include it in their bids over green materials. The 2030 Committee reports are just one example of expert analysis and best practice recommendations, many of which are cost effective and green, that can be used by policymakers and the public to reach a consensus on how to move forward into the future. Perhaps we should also look at sponsoring engineering competitions across our many fine universities to generate winning ideas that meet our environmental and economic criteria for our roads and public transportation. We can have an efficient, safe and highly competitive (from a business development perspective) transportation infrastructure for Texas.
I have spoken and written about the need for reforms in the Texas death penalty process many times over the years. I support all of the recommendations of the ABA-sponsored review.
No.
Sure, let’s go with the Governor’s plan, but we would then need to make sure that the thousands of people in Texas jails for drug possession are correctly either released, sent to treatment, or put on parole.
No. The situation in Colorado with both medical and retail vendors has created a bizarre regulatory structure and consumer market. Colorado should not be our model of how it’s done right.
We need laws to protect the privacy of individuals not the government. Also, the super creepy and worthless Texas Ethics Commission must be shut down. The Sunset folks must be corrupt or delusional to have allowed this travesty of the Rick Perry era of politics to continue to exist.
Drilling mud use and disposal in Texas needs to be regulated, and restricted to using only environmentally friendly formulas. Many such drilling mud formulas exist on the market, but most Texas drilling projects currently use the older toxic formulas, and improperly dispose of them. Also, especially for off-shore drilling projects, the use of current blowout preventers (several excellent manufacturers are based in Texas), that don’t use hydraulics and a valve system like the extremely obsolete one used on the Deepwater Horizon, should be mandated. Fracking should be able to contribute to oil and gas production in Texas in an environmentally friendly way, and without steamrolling over groundwater and other property rights. Of particular concern is the amount of water fracking uses and the contamination of surface and groundwater. Regulating and requiring the use of environmentally friendly drilling muds is one step that I would push for in the Texas Senate. Companies employing fracking also need to be held accountable for the environmental damage that they do. In state already short on clean water, we simply cannot afford to allow fracking to continue in its current form. I want to be a part of optimizing water and energy production and use, and planning for our transportation needs with green solutions.
Texas usury law that limits interest rates to 18.5% must be enforced. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to enforce their consumer protection laws above and beyond any federal guidelines, and usury law enforcement is consumer protection. Also, avoiding financial distress by having simple, ethical banking and lending laws and practices is clearly in the best interest of individuals, businesses and the community.
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