Correspondence and constituent casework

Correspondence and constituent casework, 1974, 1981-2015, undated, 5.4 cubic ft. and 24.9 MB (192 files)

Note that these records are partially restricted. Restricted folders will appear in bold in the inventory.

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Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and home phone numbers of government officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); information identifying persons receiving benefits from the state (Texas Human Resources Code, Section 112.003); names, home addresses, and other identifying information regarding juveniles in facilities operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or its predecessors (Texas Family Code, Section 58.005); account numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); driver’s license numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.130); common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), information regarding patients at a mental health facility (Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 576.005); information regarding jurors and potential jurors (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29); confidential information provided for legislative purposes (Texas Government Code, Section 552.008); attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda, or work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111); medical records (Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(d)); agency memorandums (Texas Government Code, Section 552.111); and social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147), 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). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.


Scope and Content
Texas Representative Sylvester Turner’s correspondence illustrates communications between the legislator and his constituents as well as other state officials. Records primarily consist of correspondence but also include attachments containing background materials (such as news clippings, copies of utility and medical bills, medical records, copies of bank statements, photographs, court documents, reports, minutes and agenda, and criminal histories) of relating to the issues discussed, dating 1974, 1981-2015, undated. Subjects include offender issues (such as requests to improve conditions especially in regards to heat and treatment by officers, medical treatment, hardship transfers, and legal rights), utility billing and access issues, programs aimed toward reducing costs for senior citizens, operation of state agencies, public employee retirement funds, requests to intervene in financial hardship situations, race relations, barriers faced by women and minority business owners, workforce issues (e.g. whistle-blower, collection of unemployment benefits, and position reinstatement), neighborhood issues (e.g. crime, natural disasters, recreation and infrastructural development, and events), implementation of state-wide tests, women’s reproductive health, electronic device recycling programs, and recognition requests. Support and opposition letters as well as Turner’s outgoing correspondence to constituents and state officials are present. Much of the paper correspondence was received in unlabelled folders or grouped together with binder clips.

Alison Brock, a staff member in Turner’s office as a legal aid and then as chief of staff from the late 1990s to 2015, appears to have handled much of the follow-up and background research conducted in constituent casework. She also responded on behalf of Turner. Work done by interns Dominique Calhoun and Emma Oliver (both during the 84th Texas Legislature) are also present. Turner’s office used the legislature’s correspondence management system to track correspondence and casework.

Correspondence may have resulted in proposed legislation. Researchers should check the Bill files series for additional records. Correspondents may have written Turner’s office due to his role as a committee or council member. See the Committee and council membership records series for these types of records. The Subject files series includes background information that may have been compiled due to constituent correspondence.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .pdf, .rtf, .wpd), correspondence (.msg), and web pages (.htm). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.


Arrangement
Electronic records are listed first and most records are further arranged by legislative session, and therein topically. Paper records follow and are arranged topically.

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence and constituent casework, Representative Sylvester Turner records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.


Inventory of the Correspondence and constituent casework

Note that these records are partially restricted. Restricted folders will appear in bold in the inventory.

Texas-Digital-Archive
E2016/075 79th Legislature, Regular Session, 2005:
Advocacy
Concern letter
Constituent letters:
Inmate relocation letters
Uncategorized correspondence
[Correspondence is primarily from Turner thanking constituents for sharing opinions regarding legislation. Topics include HB 864, HB 1765, HB 2269, HB 3128, SB 6, SB 14, SB 42, taxation of beer, snack taxes, Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Texas Women Empowerment Foundation, and Houston Habitat for Humanity.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: certain email addresses.]
Inmate Relocation Letters
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: common-law privacy.]
Bills – Work – Uncategorized
Uncategorized correspondence
[Correspondence is from Turner to constituents or other legislators regarding HB 3, HB 16, CSHB (Committee Substitute House Bill) 412, and CSSB (Committee Substitute Senate Bill) 1.]
79th legislature, 1st Called Session – Letter to Chairman Grusendorf on Public Education, 2005
80th Legislature, Regular Session – Memos, 2007
[Records consist of internal memorandums written to Turner by members of his staff. Records summarize messages left for Turner regarding legislation and his committee duties.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home phone numbers of government employees.]
80th Legislature, Interim, 2007:
Constituents:
[Constituent name]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: common-law privacy.]
Uncategorized correspondence
[Subjects include inmate transfer requests made by Turner’s office, electricity bill complaints, and an unspecified situation at Texas Southern University.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: account numbers, common-law privacy.]
83rd Legislature, Regular Session – Constituent responses, 2013
[Subjects include the Mineral Wells Pre-parole Transfer Facility, Sam Houston Race Park, union membership, and retirement systems.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home addresses of government employees.]
83rd Legislature, Interim – DSHS (Texas Department of Health Services) Rules SB 1842, 2014
83rd Legislature, 1st Called Session – Uncategorized correspondence, 2013
[Records are from the Greater Houston Partnership and the University of Houston regarding projects in the area.]
84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015:
Uncategorized correspondence
[Record is Senator Jane Nelson’s response to Turner regarding EKG (electrocardiogram) legislation.]
Dominique Calhoun correspondence:
[Dominique Calhoun was a legal intern in Turner’s office during the 84th Legislature.]
Constituents:
Inmates:
Tim Paige
Uncategorized correspondence
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: medical reports.]
Uncategorized correspondence
[Correspondence is from Turner to constituents. Subjects include a request for housing assistance and Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: common-law privacy.]
Uncategorized correspondence
[Correspondence is from Turner’s office about following-up on an undisclosed issue.]
Emma Oliver correspondence:
[Emma Oliver was an intern in Turner’s office during the 84th Legislature.]
Constituents
[Subjects include consumer protections in regard to electrical utilities.]
Uncategorized correspondence
[Subjects include Turner’s campaign for mayor and the Houston METRO Pinemont Park and Ride.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: home addresses of government employees.]
TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice):
Inmate letters, 2015:
[Inmate name]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: common-law privacy.]
Uncategorized correspondence
Innocence letters, 2015
Trestan Prescott, 2015
CMS (Correspondence Management System):
Individuals, 2008-2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: certain email addresses, common-law privacy.]
Organizations, 2008-2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: certain email addresses.]
Box
2016/075-4 Constituent correspondence regarding SB (Senate Bill) 1968, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: certain email addresses.]
Constituent issue – [Constituent name], 2010
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: information identifying persons receiving benefits from the state.]
Beverly Kearney issue, 2013
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: account numbers, social security numbers.]
Douglas Turner, 2008, 2010
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: account numbers, social security numbers.]
Electricity complaints, 2007-2010
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: account numbers, social security numbers.]
Med trans (Medicaid transportation) complaints, 2008-2010
April Alford med. (medical) student, 2006-2008
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: medical reports, social security numbers.]
[Constituent name] – casework, 2010, 2013-2014
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: information identifying persons receiving benefits from the state.]
High Speed Rail, 2014-2015
Immigration, 2011-2012
TDCJ (Texas Department of Criminal Justice) correspondence, 2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: certain email addresses, home addresses of government employees, home phone numbers of government employees.]
PUC (Public Utility Commission of Texas) correspondence, 2009, 2011
Notary letters, 2015
[Records relate to HB 3309, 84th Legislature, Regular Session.]
Historical trails, 2012, 2015
Uncategorized correspondence, 2004-2005, 2012-2013, 2015
[Records primarily relate to offender issues, but other subjects include early voting locations and Texas’ music industry.]
CPS (Child Protective Services) issues, 2010, 2012
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: social security numbers.]
Box
2016/075-5 Texas Commission on Jail Standards, 2007-2010
Texas Commission on Jail Standards, 2008-2009
Texas Commission on Jail Standards, 2009 [2 folders]
Dawson State Jail, 2012-2013
Article VIII – Child Support, 2013
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: social security numbers.]
CPS complaints, 2012-2014
(Texas) Parks and Wildlife Department, 1991, 2012-2013, bulk 2012-2013
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: attorney-client communications.]
Texas Council on Family Violence correspondence, about 2015
State employee pay raise correspondence, 2015
TDCJ correspondence, 2008
TDCJ correspondence, 2009
TDCJ correspondence, 2010
TDCJ correspondence, 2013 [2 folders]
TDCJ – sexual assault/PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003), 2006, 2010, 2013
Offender issues, 2009-2013, undated [2 folders]
Inmate letters – transferred inmates, 2006-2007
Hobby Unit water, 2006-2007
Estelle Unit, 2006-2007
Reproductive health care, undated
Uncategorized correspondence, 2012-2015, undated
[Subjects include the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, Texas Southern University, complaints about medical practitioners, offender issues, noise ordinances, retirement funds, alcohol permits, voter registration, nursing homes, loan fraud, charter schools, and sexually oriented businesses and human trafficking.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: driver’s license numbers, account numbers.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011, 2013, undated
[Subjects include offender issues, regulation of fireworks, and neighborhood crime.]
Sheltering Arms (Sheltering Arms Senior Services), 2010
Uncategorized correspondence, 2013
[Subjects include transportation funding, Texas Thespians All Star Production, and activities at Fort Jackson.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: social security numbers.]
Linda Moody, 1997-2000
Charletta Paige, 1999, 2006
Box
2016/075-6 Uncategorized correspondence, 1998, 2004, 2008, 2012
[Subjects include the possibility of naming an airport after World War II soldier Dorie Miller, neighborhood crime, park development in Acres Homes, housing conditions, federal voluntary buyout grant for structures affected by Hurricane Ike, and use of TASER.]
Senior Town Hall meeting sign-in sheets, February 18, 2010
Linda Moody correspondence, 2000
Maurice Mitchell, 2006
Incoming correspondence – constituents, 1992
Cammelia Rice, 1981-1982
Suresh Gaitonde, 1982, 1988-1989
Thousand Oaks Village, 1990
[Constituent names], 1989
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: common-law privacy.]
Walters, Joe – Scrapyard, 1984, 1992
Mary Taylor, 1989
Terrence Hazel, 1991, undated
Uncategorized correspondence, 1989, 1991, 2007, 2010, 2012
[Subjects include vocational rehabilitation, disability insurance benefits, challenges minority businessmen face, homeowners associations, Texas Grant guidelines at Texas Southern University, Medicaid expansion, and neighborhood crime.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 1994, 2008, 2011-2015, undated [wallet]
[Subjects include offender issues, crime victim’s assistance, consumer protection, unemployment compensation, community improvements, Jobs and Education for Texans Fund, electronic notarization law, fireworks, education programs, training, access to therapy, requests for proclamations regarding anniversaries and recognition, due process in Harris County justice system, heat conditions at criminal justice facilities, gay marriage, abortion, charter schools, and immigration.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2012- 2013 [wallet]
[Subject include African-American issues, consumer protection, benefits, insurance after Hurricane Ike, child custody matters, offender issues, expansion of gambling, drug use in schools, criminal justice practices, and building construction.]
Billie Rossum, 1989-1990, 1992, 2004, 2010-2011
[Subjects include neighborhood projects, mentally ill in state schools, Houston development’s affect on the environment, tuition costs, offenders in state custody, Harris County’s Voluntary Home Buyout Program after Vogel Creek flooding, and employment issues.]
Read\Replied to letters, 2010
[Records primarily concern offender issues but also includes a constituent’s request for assistance in receiving child support assistance.]
Racing Commission letters, 2015
TCDJ sexual assault, 2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: confidential information provided for legislative purposes.]
Brookhaven Youth Ranch, 2011, 2014
TDCJ, 2011
Darian Williams, 2012
Dawson State Jail, 2012-2013
William Dagostino, 2012-2014
Ray Scott innocence claim, 1974, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2014
Donald Thompson, 1987, 2015
TDCJ heat issue, 2011, 2015, undated
Box
2016/075-8 TDCJ, 2014 [wallet]
George Jones, 2014
Dominique Calhoun, 2014-2015
[Subjects include offender issues, Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, and workforce issues.]
Offender issues, 2010-2012, 2014-2015, undated
Offender issues, 2000, 2007-2011
Offender issues, 2015
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011, 2015
[Records primarily concern offender issues but also includes correspondence regarding neighborhood crime.]
Sergio Robles – TDCJ inmate, 2014-2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: confidential information provided for legislative purposes, medical records.]
Roderick Johnson, 2013-2015
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: confidential information provided for legislative purposes.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011-2012, 2015
[Records primarily concern offender issues.]
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2016/075 TDCJ – Policies – Confidential, 2011
[Files originally on a CD-ROM found in the previous uncategorized correspondence folder.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: confidential information provided for legislative purposes.]
Dawson State Jail Contract, 2010-2011
[Files originally on a CD-ROM found in the previous uncategorized correspondence folder.]
Box
2016/075-8 Constituent correspondence, 2009, 2012-2014, undated
[Subjects include homeowner issues, utility programs for low-income persons, public safety issues regarding children, and medical complaints.]
Texas Juvenile Justice Department, 2013
PREA Juvenile Standards, 2013
Closing Corsicana, 2013
[Records relate to proposed the closure of Corsicana Residential Treatment Center.]
Gulf Shores Academy – constituent, 2010-2011, 2014-2015, undated
Uncategorized correspondence, 2015
[Subjects include offender issues and the Driver Responsibility Program.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: names of juveniles in the justice system.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2008, 2012-2013
[Subjects include offender issues, neighborhood crime, and visitation rights at a specific nursing home.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2013-2014
[Subjects include offender issues, sex offenders treatment program, and Christian radio.]
Offender issues, 2013-2014
Offender issues, 2007-2008, 2012-2013
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011, 2014, undated
[Subject include child support issues, offender issues, home repairs after Hurricane Ike, medical needs in Houston, request for Turner to assist family wishing to visit the White House, Child Protective Services, parole officer pay, state identification issues, public safety risks, school renovations, and nursing license renewals.]
Box
2016/075-9 Uncategorized correspondence, 2010, 2014-2015
[Subjects include offender issues, tax lien transfers, affirmative action in the workforce, congratulations to Turner on his successful mayoral election, community development, flooding and its effect on homeowners, and federal education grant programs.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: agency memorandums.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2003, 2012-2013, 2015
[Subjects include offender issues, neighborhood crime, and home foreclosure.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011-2012, 2015
[Subjects include offender issues and workforce issues.]
[Constituent name], 2008, 2013-2014
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: common-law privacy.]
TJJD pepper spray issue, 2013
Uncategorized correspondence, 2010-2013
[Subjects include correctional health care services, charter schools, gambling, closure of Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Facility, public safety, transportation, neighborhood crime, state employee pay, public employee retirement funds, neighborhood development, education programs, consumer protection, offender issues, law enforcement programs, the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the federal Projects with Industry program, child protective services, and sexual crimes.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2008-2009
[Records primarily concern consumer protection especially in regard to electric bills and mortgage funding providers but also includes correspondence relating to the criminal justice system.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2009-2011, undated
[Subjects include public safety of highways, availability of neighborhood programs, sexual crimes, consumer protection especially regards to mortgage funding companies and electric bills, business and property taxes, neighborhood development, child protective services, identity theft, offender issues, programs for primary school students, juvenile justice, and charter schools.]
Offender issues, 2010
Uncategorized correspondence, 2012
[Records primarily concern recycling programs for old electronics but also includes correspondence regarding voter identification laws and child protective services.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2013, 2015
[Subjects include the transportation of chlorine gas via rail tank cars, offender issues, consumer protection especially in regard to insurance providers, recycling programs for old electronics, Planned Parenthood, foster care, E- Verify, and preservation projects.]
[Folder contains possible excepted information: information identifying persons receiving benefits from the state.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2009-2012, undated
[Subjects include immigration, offender issues, foster care, affordable housing, request to be reinstated at Texas Southern University, school funding, tax appraising, and Medicaid funding.]
Tarrant County Local Organizing Committee – Texas Legislative Black Caucus, 2010
Save Alief Health Fair providers, September 11, 2009
Food stamps, 2009
Uncategorized correspondence, 1989, 1991-1992, 2010, 2012, 2015
[Subjects include resources for seniors, privatizing state hospitals, neighborhood issues (especially in regard to sewerage), consumer protection (especially in regard to electric bills and mortgage funding), horse racing, health care training and issues, transportation, neighborhood crime, education funding, public retirement systems, barriers for women and minority businesses, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and the 1991 Houston election for mayor.]
Offender issues, 1991
Uncategorized correspondence, 1991-1992, 2002, 2007, 2011 [2 folders]
[Subjects include gambling, university funding, offender issues, Texas Appraiser Certification Board, public safety, black sports agents, and victim protection.]
[Folder contains possibly excepted information: juror voir dire.]
Selesteen Wiggins, 2010
Uncategorized correspondence, 2010, undated
[Subjects include patient rights, commemorating persons, primary school education, neighborhood crime, and offender issues.]
[Folder contains possibly restricted information: medical records.]
Nicole Tillman, 2010
Inwood Golf trash, 2010
Uncategorized correspondence, 2010
[Subjects include public safety, consumer protection (especially in regard to electric bills and insurance), a discrimination complaint, offender issues, Texas Southern University reorganization, home defense, and education of audio-impaired students.]
Keep Houston Beautiful, 2010
[Subjects include public housing, utility billing and service, offender issues, flooding in White Oak Bayou, employment issues, and retirement system funding.]
Inmate pending, 2005, 2008-2010
[Records primarily concern offender issues but also includes correspondence regarding employment issues.]
The Leader – North edition, 2010
[Newspaper that includes an article about Turner.]
Norman Sims, 2010
Shirl Lawler, 2010
Box
2016/075-10 Mailing list, 2010
[Records primarily concern offender issues but also includes correspondence related to housing issues and medical treatment complaints.]
Issues, 2004-2005
[Subjects include medical marijuana, youth role models, senior companion program, requests for recognition, consumer protection (especially in regard to water utility billing), neighborhood crime, tax, environment quality in Houston, education funding, and offender issues.]
African-American News and Issues, 2003
[Newspaper that includes articles about Turner.]
Acres Homes Citizens Council, 1997-1998, 2001-2002, 2011, 2013-2014, undated
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011-2012
[Subjects include medical care providers, public safety, consumer protection (especially in regard to water utility billing), neighborhood crime, recycling programs for old electronics, and medical services.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2011-2012, undated
[Subjects include identity theft, a school incident, women’s health care, Medicaid, medical services, workforce issues, property owners associations, disaster recovery, and the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2006, 2008, 2011-2012, undated
[Subjects include prosecutorial misconduct, flood drainage, mental illness, offender issues, medical care, consumer protection, home repair, school incident, immigration, and neighborhood issues.]
Uncategorized correspondence, 2012
[Subjects include offender issues, immigration, consumer protection (especially in regard to home loans), Medicaid, workforce issues, housing issues, and transportation.]
Offender issues, 2012
Offender issues, 2010-2012
Uncategorized correspondence, 2007-2008, 2011-2012
[Subjects include housing issues, consumer protection, and offender issues.]
Apartments District 139, 2005-2006