Department of Public Safety

At a panel discussion hosted by the Texas Tribune Wednesday, state lawmakers sounded off on issues that are likely to come up in the 2017 legislative session—among them: border security.

Last month, the Texas Department of Public Safety requested $1.1 billion for border security over the next two years. Last budget, DPS received $800 million, and State Senator Jose Menendez isn’t sure it’s been well spent.

Epileptic Council

Members of Texas’ DPS Public Safety Commission have put off establishing the rules for the state's limited medical marijuana law passed in 2015. 

The Department’s Ren Earl Bowie asked commissioners at Thursday’s hearing to postpone any discussion and possible vote on the rules that would establish an online registry of patients, doctors and dispensaries connected to the state’s limited medical marijuana law. That law currently only includes low-THC cannabis oil that is incapable of getting a person “high.”

Texas Authorities Begin Questioning Lawmakers In Hidden Video Scandal

May 9, 2015

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly begun interviewing state lawmakers, asking about a conservative group that sent shockwaves through the Legislature when it said it had secretly videotaped elected officials to try to capture them in embarrassing situations.

Texas Rangers could be seen late Friday questioning representatives individually outside the House chamber; it was unclear how many had to answer questions.

Several lawmakers said they were aware that the officers were around to take statements but declined to provide details about what was asked.

Eastland Republican Rep. Jim Keffer confirmed that he had been questioned about people videotaping. He said he told investigators that he hadn’t been approached and secretly taped, as far as he knew.

Other lawmakers, including Denton Republican Rep. Myra Crownover, also confirmed that they had been interviewed.

Texas Self-Driving Car Bill Stalled By Google, Carmakers

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: Scott Schrantz / The Texas Tribune

A bill to update Texas law for the age of driverless cars has stalled due to two serious roadblocks: Google and major car manufacturers. Both the technology giant and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry group, have come out against a proposal from state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, to create a pilot program aimed at monitoring and encouraging autonomous vehicle testing in Texas. 

Google has previously encouraged the development of similar laws in other states including California and Nevada, yet is refusing to publicly explain why it is opposed to such a measure in Texas.

State of Texas DPS

It was in October of 2012 that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined in a hot pursuit in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers suspected that pick-up truck they were chasing was loaded with bales of marijuana. To bring an end the chase a sniper in the helicopter fired 15 times at the tires of the truck.