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Texas Attorney General To Attend Texas Association of Rental Agencies Convention; TARA Show Kicks Off This Weekend
03-22-06
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The message we are sending is 'we are policing ourselves.' We are educating our membership and strictly enforcing the regulations set down by the state of Texas.
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has served as the 50th Attorney General of Texas since December 2, 2002. Prior to his election as Attorney General, he was a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and a State District Judge in Harris County. Abbot will attend the welcome reception during the upcoming TARA Convention in Austin, Texas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot will attend the 23rd annual Texas Association of Rental Agencies (TARA) Convention and Southwest Buying Show at the Austin Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas (agenda below).

Former TARA Chair Mamie-Salazar Harper arranged the unusual face to face meeting. "It's critically important that the rental purchase industry foster a relationship built on trust and confidence with state attorney's general," said Salazar-Harper. "The message we are sending is 'we are policing ourselves.' We are educating our membership and strictly enforcing the regulations set down by the state of Texas." TARA is the most politically active state rent to own association. Association executives say they "believe in working with state regulators on effective solutions that serve both consumers, and industry."

“We are very appreciative that Attorney General Abbott is taking the time to visit with Texas Rental Dealers," said Kelly Sayre, TARA Chairman. "His office has enforcement over rental purchase dealers in Texas and it is very positive that we can share face to face how well the rental dealers of Texas serve their customers.”

Vicky Hale, TARA Executive Director sees education as a big part of the associations mission. "One of TARA's top priorities is to educate Texas RTO dealers on compliance laws." she said. "We want to insure all rent to own companies in Texas are in strict compliance with all applicable state laws." TARA has worked successfully with the state legislature on several initiatives in recent years.

Attorney General Greg Abbott has served as the 50th Attorney General of Texas since December 2, 2002. Prior to his election as Attorney General, he was a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and a State District Judge in Harris County.

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As the state’s chief law enforcement official, Attorney General Abbott has made protecting children and families a priority. He established the Cyber Crimes Unit, which has arrested more than 75 criminals who used the Internet to prey upon children. His Fugitive Unit has arrested more than 300 sex offenders who violated their parole. An expanded Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has cracked down on senior abuse and waste in the Medicaid program, recovering more than $135 million in fraudulent overpayments. Attorney General Abbott has collected more than $5 billion in child support for Texas children and developed new programs to build strong families. In less than three years, he has shut down more than two dozen illegal immigration consulting businesses that cheated Hispanic consumers. He also filed suits enforcing Texas’ tough Do Not Call laws; took action against nuisance e-mail spam merchants; increased the speed and efficiency of the Texas Crime Victims Compensation program; and has been a national leader on open government and open records.

He oversees a team of nearly 700 attorneys who represent the people of Texas in courtrooms throughout the state, but Attorney General Abbott is more than a proven administrator. He is himself recognized as one of the state’s top legal advocates, and has personally obtained indictments against criminals charged with offenses ranging from attempted assault of a child to multiple counts of capital murder. In March of 2005, Attorney General Abbott appeared before the U. S. Supreme Court to successfully defend the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monuments on the grounds of the Texas Capitol against those who sought to have it removed.

Attorney General Abbott’s career in public service began in 1992 in Houston, where he served as a highly rated state trial judge in the 129th District Court. In 1995, then-Governor George W. Bush appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court, a post to which he subsequently was twice elected. His abilities as a legal scholar and jurist earned him numerous awards, including “Jurist of the Year” from the Texas Review of Law & Politics; “Trial Judge of the Year” from the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists; and “Appellate Judge of the Year” from the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Attorney General Abbott has held leadership positions in numerous community organizations, including the Central Texas Chapter of Goodwill Industries, the Governor's Committee to Promote Adoption, Justice for All, and the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation. He also served as Honorary State Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas.

A native Texan, Attorney General Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Finance, he received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shortly after graduation, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. He and his wife, Cecilia, a former school teacher and principal, have been married for 24 years. They live in Austin with their nine-year-old daughter, Audrey.

RTO Online will provide daily coverage from Austin during the show. Articles and photos will available at www.rtoonline.com . Please check often for updates.


 

2006 TARA Convention and Buying Show Agenda
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Saturday, March 25
  8:00 pm - 12 midnight Casino Night
Austin Renaissance Hotel
Sunday, March 26
  6:30 am Golfers depart for Annual TARA Golf Tournament at Avery Ranch Golf Club
  8:00 am TARA Golf Classic
  10:00 am Non-golfers; Bus departs for Lake Travis Cruise.
  12:00 noon - 7:00 pm Exhibitor Load-In
Austin Renaissance Hotel
  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Welcome Reception
7-7:30 Meet Texas AG Gregg Abbott
Austin Renaissance Hotel Exhibit Hall
Monday, March 27
  8:00 am - 10:00 am Exhibitor Load In
Austin Renaissance Hotel Exhibit Hall
  9:00 am -- 11:30 am Attendee Meetings
Convention Center
  11:00 am  Exhibitor Meeting
Exhibit Hall
  11:30 noon - 12:30 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall with dealers
  12:30 noon - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
   
  6:00 p.m. Dinner in Exhibit Hall with dealers
  7:00 pm - 12:00 midnight Exhibitor Load-Out
Tuesday, March 28
  8:30 am Continental Breakfast
Austin Renaissance Hotel Trinity Room
  9:00 am - 12:00 am General Membership Meeting
Austin Renaissance Hotel Trinity Room

 

 

 

 

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