Description: 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 Sylvester Turner's records document his representation of House District 139 (1989-2015) through his legislative activities, constituent casework, and general office operations. Records include correspondence, bill files (including drafts, amendments, and analyses), witness and contact lists, presentations, reports, transcripts, talking points, speeches, meeting minutes and agenda, memorandums, digital images, charts and spreadsheets, labels, news clippings, press releases, and other background materials. Records date 1974, 1981-2015, undated, bulk 2005-2015. Subjects include utilities affordability and accessibility, the criminal justice system, programs aimed at providing emotional and financial support for crime victims, administration and appropriation of funds for government agencies and programs, education funding and structure, consumer protection, healthcare, natural disaster recovery, transportation needs and projects, factors specifically affecting the African-American community, workforce issues, elections in regard to voter identification laws and polling place accessibility, and issues affecting northwest Houston neighborhoods. Records are electronic as well as paper.
Citation Information: (Identify the item and cite the series), Representative Sylvester Turner records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Collection Name: Representative Sylvester Turner records, Texas House of Representatives
Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives
Date of Creation: 1974
Date Range of Creation: 1981 to 2015
Geographic Coverage: Harris County (Tex.)
Geographic Coverage: Houston (Tex.)
Geographic Coverage: Texas
Subject: African Americans
Subject: Consumer protection
Subject: Criminal justice, Administration of
Subject: Disaster relief
Subject: Electric utilities
Subject: Finance, Public
Subject: Government accountability
Subject: Medical care
Subject: Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Subject: Texas. Department of Criminal Justice
Subject: Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Subject: Texas Legislative Black Caucus
Subject: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Appropriations Committee
Subject: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Select Committee on Hurricane Ike Devastation to the Texas Gulf Coast
Subject: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. State Affairs Committee
Subject: Texas Youth Commission
Subject: Turner, Sylvester, 1954-
Subject: Water utilities
Type: Agendas (administrative records)
Type: Bills (legislative records)
Type: Charts (graphic documents)
Type: Clippings (information artifacts)
Type: Labels (identifying artifacts)
Type: Lists (document genres)
Type: Minutes (administrative records)
Type: Presentations (communicative events)
Type: Press releases
Type: Speeches (documents)
Arrangement: The records are organized into five series: Bill files, 2005-2015; Subject files, 1991-2015; Committee and council membership records, 2005-2015; Correspondence and constituent casework, 1974-2015; General office files, 1989-2015.
Copyright information: 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.).
Access Restrictions: 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); home addresses and home phone numbers of government officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); account numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); common-law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); confidential information provided for legislative purposes (Texas Government Code, Section 552.008); names, home addresses, and other identifying information of juvenile offenders in facilities operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or its predecessors (Texas Family Code, Section 58.005); confidentiality of certain personal information of peace officers, county jailers, security officers, employees of certain criminal or juvenile justice agencies or offices, and federal and state judges (Texas Government Code, Section 552.1175); attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda, or work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111), driver's license numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.130); 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); medical records (Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(d)); 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).
Size or Duration: 10 cubic ft. and 2.12 GB (4,041 files)