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Privacy
2:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

ACLU Suggests Legislative Check On License Plate Data Collected By Police

License plate readers quickly read license plates and relay any violations on record to the officer in the patrol car.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

An open records analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union released a few weeks ago shows that multiple Texas police departments are using license plate readers to capture and store information on the traveling patterns of everyday drivers.

Automatic license-plate readers are cameras mounted on police patrol cars, road signs and bridges that scan car license plates and check to see if there are any violations on record. According to Tom Hargis with the ACLU of Texas, many police departments in the state are keeping that data beyond the initial scan for years at a time.

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Abortion Legislation
4:54 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Life After Passage: Possible Litigation Against House Bill 2

Protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last week. Even with the bill's passage, an initial victory for the pro-life movement, the courts could be the ultimate decider in the highly-controversial restrictions.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Update: Gov. Perry is set to sign HB 2 in a ceremony this morning, July 18, at 9:30 at the state capitol.

Original Post: Thus far, no lawsuit against the State of Texas has been filed -- that would only come after Gov. Rick Perry signs the bill into law -- but even after the governor signs it, Terri Burke, the executive director the ACLU of Texas, said a lawsuit wouldn't be filed until 90 days later.

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The Source - June 12, 2013
2:02 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Source: Abortion In The Legislature | San Antonio Parks

Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

The special session has taken on some added weight this week with the addition of several bills splitting the legislature from its initial redistricting focus. Most controversially, the fetal pain abortion bill has been revitalized in Senate Bill 5.

Terri Burke, executive director of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union, joins us along with San Antonio Coalition for Life Executive Director Matt Schima.

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Community
4:35 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

ACLU Study Finds "Staggering" Racial Bias When Enforcing Marijuana Laws

A new study by the ACLU questions the value of police time and money in arresting casual users.
ACLU

An American Civil Liberties Union study indicates that 12 counties in Texas have the highest rates of marijuana arrests for members of the African American community.

The study put out by the national office of the ACLU shows that in the past ten years, Texas as a whole saw a 51 percent jump in marijuana arrests of African-Americans. 

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Texas Legislature
6:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Legislature Tightens Cell Phone Search Privacy

Chris Eudaily TPR

You may not be aware that currently police do not need a warrant to search through your GPS locator in your cell phone, but that is about to change. 

The house passed House Bill 1608, which was added as an amendment to Senate Bill 1052, and stops the warrantless search of a person’s cell phone records.

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