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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why No Public Comment Period at Friday's Texas Forensic Science Commission Meeting?

The Texas Forensic Science Commission is meeting this Friday, Jan 29, in Harlingen, Texas. The agenda does not include a period for the public to comment, although the last eight scheduled meetings of the TFSC going back to August 15, 2008 have all allowed members of the public to make comments as part of the announced agenda for each meeting. After the controversy of Rick Perry replacing the old chair right before the last scheduled meeting when the commission was set to discuss the report by Dr Craig Beyler about faulty evidence in the Todd Willingham case, it does not look very good for the new chair not to include an opportunity for the public to deliver comments to the commission, so we hope it is an oversight and that a public comment period will be added to Friday's meeting.

Links to Agendas of Last Eight Meetings of TFSC (All had Public Comment Periods)



TEXAS FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION - AGENDA
January 29th, 2010 - 9:30 A.M.
Courtyard Marriot
1725 W. Fillmore Avenue at Expressway 83
Harlingen, TX 78550
Telephone: (956) 412-7800 Fax: (956) 412-7889

During this meeting, the Commission may consider and take action on the following items. The Commission shall have morning breaks and a brief lunch break:

9:30 A.M. – OPENING REMARKS BY BRADLEY AND SENATOR HINOJOSA

ADOPTION OF MINUTES FROM JULY 24th, 2009 MEETING

INTRODUCTION BY EACH COMMISSIONER

PRESENTATION ON TFSC HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF WORK OF CHAIR SINCE LAST MEETING

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON TFSC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON CREATION OF TFSC GENERAL COUNSEL POSITION

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON CREATION OF CONSULTANT POSITION FOR ONGOING TFSC PROJECTS TO STUDY FORENSIC TESTING BACKLOGS (See Senate Interim Chair No. 6)

ASSIGNMENT OF PENDING COMPLAINTS AND CASES BY CHAIR

SCHEDULE/LOCATION FOR FUTURE MEETINGS (April, July, and October)

ADJOURN

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