Criminal justice is always at the mercy of legislative budgets. It is also always noticed/ignored/acted on by the legislative body if the committee chair is active and interested. Thus Texas’ new dilemma: who will chair the committee now that Rep. Pete Gallego is in D.C? Gallego’s constituents always came first (not his party affiliations, not special interest groups). So he will be hard to replace, and the current list of possibles does not hold any bright stars. Who cares about criminal justice? One of the representatives needs to stand up and shout an interest, and all the interested parties need time to review the shouter. Soon.