Special to the Review
The Athens Review
State Rep. Lance Gooden spoke at the Lone Star Republican Women’s (LSRW) September meeting. He bean by presenting to Leith Higginbottom, daughter of Carol J. Wildfong, deceased, the State of Texas Resolution which he read from the floor during the legislative session.
The Resolution honored Mrs. Wildfong for her dedicated work in the Republican Party. She was instrumental in establishing the Republican Party in Henderson County, and was well known in the community.
Wildfong, having been a member of Henderson County Republican Women, was also instrumental in founding that organization.
Gooden was introduced by Mary McQuery, Vice President of Lone Star Republican Women. Gooden gave an overview of the first session indicating that with the budget surplus, they were able to further fund public education, public health, mental health and increase teacher retirement benefits by three percent. The discussion in the House regarding abortion was put off in order not to shut down the session.
Gooden stated that after the death of Kaufman’s District Attorney, a great deal of his time was used being proactive in the protection of Kaufman and Henderson County District Attorneys.
Concerning the Legislative debate over gun restriction, Gooden said he continues to support the right to bear arms.
Transportation was a Special Session. The redistricting Maps drawn up in 2012 and approved by judicial decision were approved for use in the 2014 primary election on March 4. During the second Special Session, the abortion bill and transportation bill passed, as did a bill against the use of domestic drones. A lively question and answer session included topics concerning the closing of Planned Parenthood centers, texting and driving, toll roads and passing of the Voter ID law. The meeting was well-attended by members and the public.
The next meeting of Lone Star Republican Women will take place at Republican Headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Sen. Robert Nichols will be the guest speaker. The public is invited.