Texas Legislature

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A bill signed into law this week requires all police agencies operating in Texas to submit an account with the state attorney general of any police shooting.  

The bill’s author, Dallas Democratic Rep. Eric Johnson says he got the idea following the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri as well as others happening around that time.

Cut “It made me look into the issue more from a policy standpoint wondering what we can do as policymakers to make sure we don’t have incidents like that in Texas, and I realized there’s no data,” Johnson said.

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A panel of judges at the US 5th Circuit Court has upheld most of the restrictions contained within Texas’ 2013 controversial abortion law, but this is not the end of the road for clinics that have sued the State of Texas.

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Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a handful of bills that provide record-level spending on a state-led effort to provide more security along the Texas-Mexico border.  


The bills were deemed emergency items by the Governor at the start of the session but were some of the last pieces of legislation to be sent to his desk because of disagreements between the House and Senate.  One bill Governor Abbott signed into law allows the state to hire 250 additional DPS troopers, and send those stationed along the border since last summer back to their home counties.

Ryan E. Poppe

The 84th Texas legislative session wrapped up this week.  It was hit and miss for some Republicans promising to crack down on border security and immigration.  

On the campaign trail and at the start of the session, statewide elected officials like Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke passionately about plans to crack down on border security

And border security is one of the many things Patrick listed as an accomplishment this session.