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Texas Legislature, House of Representatives:
An Inventory of Representative John Lujan Records at the Texas State Archives, 2016

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Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Title: Representative John Lujan records
Dates: 2016
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative John Lujan’s records document his representation of House District 118 during the 84th Texas Legislature (2016-2017) through his legislative interests. Records include Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) investigation reports and correspondence relating to safe tire disposal in San Antonio, referred to as Applewhite clean up files, dating February-October 2016. Records are paper as well as electronic.
Quantity: 0.1 cubic ft. and 48.9 MB (8 files)
Language: English
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

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A description of non-electronic records referenced in this finding aid are available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/50146/tsl-50146.html .

 


Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged as received.


Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering, and passing bills and resolutions. Biennially, the House of Representatives elects a speaker from its membership to serve as its presiding officer. The House of Representatives consists of 150 representatives elected in even-numbered years for two-year terms. A representative must be at least 21 years old, a qualified voter, and a resident of Texas for at least two years and of the district represented for at least one year immediately preceding election.

In addition to legislative powers, the legislature exercises other types of authority. Constituent powers include the ability to alter the state constitution, and the members’ authority to exercise powers of attorney in behalf of their constituents. Directory and supervisory powers allow the legislature to regulate the state’s administrative machinery, made up of boards, commissions, and departments that conduct the affairs of state. The legislature establishes and funds these bodies and defines their functions. Executive powers of each house include selection of legislative officers, employees, and chairs and members of committees. Investigative powers are exercised through the formation of standing, special, interim, and joint committees to study an issue. House committees are usually charged with a particular purpose by the speaker, although this may also be accomplished by a resolution adopted by the house. Each legislative house holds judicial powers over its members, including punishing or expelling members for cause.
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Biographical Sketch

Texas Representative John Lujan served during part of the 84th Legislative Session (2016-2017) in the Texas House of Representatives representing House District 118 (encompassing parts of Bexar County). A Republican, Lujan was elected in a special election on January 26, 2016, after Representative Joe Farias resigned his seat in August 2015. Lujan was sworn in on February 9, 2016, and served the remainder of Farias’ term. Lujan did not serve on any committees during the session. In the November 2016 general election, Lujan ran for election to a full term but was defeated by Tomas Uresti. Lujan’s term ended on January 9, 2017.

(Sources include: Legislative Reference Library of Texas website; Mekelburg, Madlin. “GOP Brags, Democrats Wince as HD 118 Goes Red,” Texas Tribune; Ura, Alexa and Patric Svitek. “Election dealt some setbacks to Texas GOP’s modest diversity.” Texas Tribune; all accessed on October 5, 2018.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative John Lujan’s records document his representation of House District 118 during the 84th Texas Legislature (2016-2017) through his legislative interests. Records include Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) investigation reports and correspondence relating to safe tire disposal in San Antonio, referred to as Applewhite clean up files, dating February-October 2016. Records are paper as well as electronic.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and 323, John Lujan allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/representatives of the state of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of November 16, 2016.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (openrecords@tsl.texas.gov), or by using our web form (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to physical and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements
None.


The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality records, 1976-2009, 95.77 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Representative John Lujan records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession number: 2017/066

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Representative John Lujan’s office on February 1, 2017.

Processing Information
Processed by Halley Grogan, October 2018


Inventory of the Representative John Lujan records

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2017/066 Applewhite clean up, 2016
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2017/066 Safe tire disposal, 2016
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