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The #TexasGeorgeFloydAct: What component bills are still moving in the #txlege homestretch?

Over the weekend, your correspondent put together an update on the status of all the various bills that make up the Texas George Floyd Act for the 65-group coalition promoting them, so let's re-post it here for Grits readers who may be interested. There are four weeks to go in the legislative session, so all these bills are in the make-or-break home stretch.The Texas George Floyd Act, as distinct from federal legislation by the same name, fundamentally has eight component parts. These have also ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, House, Houston, Texas Legislature, Texas House, Gritsforbreakfast, Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, Gerald Goines, George Floyd


Assessing status of police-reform bills as #txlege reaches inflection point

The Texas Tribune published a story in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict interviewing families of police brutality victims pushing for the Texas George Floyd Act. While that omnibus legislation appears stalled, as we've discussed in two recent, special podcast episodes, it has also been broken up into a number of different bills, some of which are still wending their way through the process. We're now at an inflection point in the Texas legislative process: Bills that are out of committee ...
Tags: Utah, Texas, Law, Colorado, Senate, House, Dallas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Thompson, Legislature, Texas Tribune, Texas Commission, Ed Thompson, Gritsforbreakfast, Criminal Jurisprudence Committee


Committee that will hear the #TexasGeorgeFloydAct has seen concerning police episodes in their districts

Art by Nia Palmer On Thursday in the Texas House, the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee will consider the Texas George Floyd Act (HB 88 by Senfronia Thompson). Because state and federal roles in regulating law enforcement are so different, this is a radically, almost completely different piece of legislation than the federal George Floyd Act (banning chokeholds is the main crossover) and must be evaluated on its own merits. (Mandy Marzullo are doing a 2-part podcast explaini...
Tags: Texas, Law, Houston, Jim Crow, Keller, TX, Frisco, Arlington, James White, Tyler, Texas House, Bullard, Maverick County, Gritsforbreakfast, Senfronia Thompson, Corrections Committee


Pot debate at #txlege launches early, Soldiers as cops?, Tailoring corrections practices to women prisoners, and other stories

At the Texas Legislature this week, criminal-justice bills are finally being heard, although not yet in all committees, and all on the House side. Most of the major legislation remains to be seen; some of it has yet to be filed. Excepting marijuana discussions described below, all the biggest #cjreform debates of the session are all yet to come. But here are a few mostly-small bills up in committee this week that deserve Grits readers' attention: Marijuana reform debate launches early This after...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Law, Gop, House, Republican Party, Greg Abbott, Legislature, Plano, Moody, James White, Wu, Texas Legislature, Juvenile Justice, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


Bill limiting suspensions a start at untangling worst-in-nation driver-license mess

Texas revokes more drivers licenses, by far, than any other state, The Washington Post reported last year. But House Corrections Committee Chairman James White wants to change that. He has a bill up in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday that would rectify a small but unremittingly ill-conceived provision in the current law.Presently, Texas law doubles down on license suspension as a punishment, even when it fails to keep drivers off the road. When the Transportation C...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington Post, Bill, James White, Gritsforbreakfast, House Corrections Committee, Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee


Paltry Grits posting rate masks busy time at #txlege

For readers disappointed with the paltry recent posting rate here on Grits, I should mention that most of my writing these days is happening on Just Liberty emails and action alerts. If you haven't signed on to our advocacy list, please do so. Otherwise, here are a few odds and ends which merit readers' attention. Good Samaritan bill up in House committee Rep. Ryan Guillen's Good Samaritan legislation (HB 73) is up on Monday in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, but the biggest threat t...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington Post, House, New York Times, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Mike, East Texas, James White, Storey, Texas Tribune, Richard Dreyfuss, Dreyfuss, Kerry Max Cook, Rosas