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Texas Proposes More Laws Protecting Gun Rights During Disasters

Texas lawmakers are trying to defend 2A companies from being shut down during emergencies. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On Wednesday, we reported to you on House Bill 2249 and Senate Bill 18, NRA-backed bills which establish that firearms and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers are essential businesses that shall not be prohibited by state or local officials from operating during a declared disaster or emergency. Since then, several more measure...
Tags: Texas, Guns, House, Nra, Beaumont, Senate Bill, Burrows, Texas Legislature, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Dustin Burrows R Lubbock, Dade Phelan


Texas Introduces NRA-Backed Laws Protecting 2A Rights During Disasters

COVID-19 and uncivil disorder have illustrated that in times of crisis or uncertainty, Americans buy guns. IMG NRA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- COVID-19 and uncivil disorder have illustrated that in times of crisis or uncertainty, Americans buy guns.  Last year, as concerned citizens across the country lined up outside gun stores to exercise their constitutional right to purchase and own firearms, state and local officials – including those in a number of Texas cities and counties – refused to desi...
Tags: Texas, Guns, Senate, House, Nra, Senate Bill, Hefner, Dan Patrick, Texas Legislature, Sen Brandon Creighton R Conroe, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Jason Ouimet, Texas Introduces NRA


Plano police do best 'Cartman' impersonation arresting black kid for walking home in the snow

If you needed another example why the Texas Legislature should forbid police from arresting people for Class C misdemeanors, here's yet another poster-child case for the history books.Rodney Reese, an 18-year old black man living in Plano, was walking home from his job at the Walmart during the Snowpocalypse when police officers stopped him ostensibly for a "wellness check." Carrying a plastic bag, underdressed for the cold in a short-sleeve shirt, he told them he didn't want their help and was ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Walmart, Plano, Reese, Texas Legislature, Southpark, Puente, Gritsforbreakfast, Cartman, Dillon Puente, Keller TX, Rodney Reese


'Completely unacceptable': Abbott says ERCOT hasn't been transparent, demands answers about Texas power outages

Abbott declared ERCOT reform an emergency item for this legislative session. He said Texas Legislature will begin "immediately...
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Texas Legislature May Introduce Bill to Blacklist Businesses That Don't Love Fossil Fuels (gizmodo)

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that one of his “legislative priorities” for this year is passing a bill to protect the fossil fuel industry, by blacklisting businesses. In a public policy forum on Thursday sponsored by a business group, Patrick said the potential McCarthy-esque rule could be modeled off a disastrous…Read more... [Author: Molly Taft on Earther, shared by Brian Kahn to Gizmodo]
Tags: Texas, News, Gizmodo, Mccarthy, Don, Patrick, Dan Patrick, Texas Legislature, Brian Kahn, shared by Brian Kahn to Gizmodo, Molly Taft on Earther, Molly Taft


Texas Legislature May Introduce Bill to Blacklist Businesses That Don't Love Fossil Fuels

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that one of his “legislative priorities” for this year is passing a bill to protect the fossil fuel industry, by blacklisting businesses. In a public policy forum on Thursday sponsored by a business group, Patrick said the potential McCarthy-esque rule could be modeled off a disastrous…Read more...
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Trump impeachment: Senate to hear prosecution arguments against former president – live

Senate votes 56 to 44 to proceed with Trump’s second trialVideo: Democrats play montage of Capitol footage at trialTrump ‘quietly watching’ impeachment on TV in FloridaSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 1.17pm GMT Polling people on their willingness to take a vaccine is fraught with difficulty, as people often say one thing about a hypothetical situation, and then do something else. Nevertheless it will be of concern today to the White House Covid response team that...
Tags: Texas, Senate, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Washington Dc, US Senate, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, Paxton, Ken Paxton, Texas Legislature, Biden Administration, Coronavirus


Lots of local Texas #cjreform action, even as the #txlege is slow as Christmas

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention:TX Senate Committees May Only Meet 2-3 Times: The Texas Legislature's ramp up remains slow as Christmas; a few things are happening, but "not much" appears to be the new normal. On its website, the state prosecutors' association told its members, "don’t be surprised if many Senate committees hold no more than two or three hearings on Senate bills for the entirety of this regular session." Yikes! Usually, you might see 8 or so.Vanis...
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Keller PD arrest puts a family face on 64k Class C arrests at Texas traffic stops

Out of Keller, TX comes the Lone Star State's latest police misconduct case with bystander video gone viral. Cops used a Class C arrest over a "wide right turn" to search Dillon Puente's vehicle when he refused consent to search, then used excessive force against his father, Marco, in retaliation for recording the incident. They arrested Dad on a phony obstructing the roadway charge. See WFAA-TV's coverage. and a New York Times story about the family's lawsuit.The Texas Legislature bears as much...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York Times, Rick Perry, US supreme court, Sandra Bland, Keller, Marco, Lone Star State, Perry, WFAA, Texas Legislature, Texas Commission, Atwater, Appleseed, Gritsforbreakfast


What does a successful "Defund the Police" campaign actually look like? Reconsidering Texas' abolition of Tulia-style drug task forces in light of 2020's #DefundThePolice frame

In 2020, the phrase "defund the police" captured the public imagination, for good or ill, and became the centerpiece of conservative messaging against Democrats in the fall. But it wasn't that long ago that Texas defunded dozens of regional drug task forces without any of the #DefundThePolice backlash. At their height, those task forces collectively made around 12,000 arrests per year (see FN 26 in this report), but in 2006, Gov. Rick Perry eliminated their funding with the stroke of a pen, the ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, Austin, House, Rick Perry, City Council, Doj, Drug Policy Alliance, Legislature, Perry, DPS, Byrne, Rio Grande, Austin Police Department, Texas Legislature


The 6th Day of Christmas by Bloomberg & Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

House Bill 231 by Rep. Lina Ortega (D-El Paso) which effectively raises the minimum age to purchase certain rifles and shotguns in Texas from 18 to 21. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- NRA-ILA is counting down the legislative lumps of coal that anti-Second Amendment lawmakers in Texas are leaving in gun owners' stockings this year. The 2021 Texas legislative session is less than a month away. Please support NRA-ILA as we work with gun owners to STAND YOUR GROUND on your Second Amendment rig...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Guns, Bloomberg, Austin, Nra, Capitol, Texas Legislature, NRA-ILA, Gun Rights News, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, IMG NRA, Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers, Bloomberg Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers, Lina Ortega


Five random thoughts and a minor boast

Apropos of nothing, here are five random thoughts and a minor boast.1. Say what you will about the "defund" message, but there's more activity going on around the state regarding police reform, not to mention more bills filed on the topic at the Texas Legislature, than at any time this century. None of it would be happening if it weren't for the protests this summer. It's easy to forget that this time two years ago, the reform movement was more or less dead in the water.2. On top of COVID and ev...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York City, Karen, Gop, Willie Nelson, Texas Rangers, Houston Chronicle, Nieman Labs, Brown County, Austin Chronicle, Texas Legislature, DALHART, Shaver, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Observer


4th Day of Christmas by Bloomberg and Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

“On the Fourth Day of Christmas, Anti-Gun Reps Gave to Thee: “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation”. IMG NRA-ILA On the Fourth Day of Christmas, Anti-Gun Reps Gave to Thee: “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation  U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- NRA-ILA is counting down the legislative lumps of coal that anti-Second Amendment lawmakers in Texas are leaving in gun owners' stockings this year. Dozens of gun control bills pre-filed in advance of the 2021 legislative session are political payback to New York billionaire Mich...
Tags: New York, Texas, Guns, Bloomberg, Bill, Michael Bloomberg, Nra, Rourke, Texas Legislature, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers, Bloomberg BETO, Terry Meza D Irving House Bill


The 3rd Day of Christmas by Bloomberg & Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

The lone star state is getting another lump of anti-gun coal for Christmas courtesy of Beta and Bloomberg. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- NRA-ILA is counting down the legislative lumps of coal anti-Second Amendment lawmakers in Texas are leaving in gun owners' stockings this year. Dozens of gun control bills pre-filed in advance of the 2021 legislative session are political payback to New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, BETO “Hell Yeah, I'll Take Your Guns” O'Rourke, and radical lefti...
Tags: New York, Texas, Guns, Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Rourke, Texas Legislature, NRA-ILA, Gun Rights News, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers, Bloomberg Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers, Bloomberg IMG, Terry Meza D Irving


The 2nd Day of Christmas by Bloomberg & Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

On the 2nd day of Christmas, more anti-gun measures from Bloomberg and Beto in Texas. IMG iStock-884200682 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- ‘Tis the season at the Texas Capitol for extreme gun control bills; lumps of coal stuffed in stockings and hung on mantles for gun owners in advance of the 2021 legislative session.  Pre-filed by anti-gun politicians who were backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and BETO “Hell Yeah, I'll Take Your Guns” O'Rourke in 2020, these bills are paybacks to thei...
Tags: New York, Texas, Guns, Colorado, California, Bloomberg, New Mexico, Bill, UC Davis, Washington State, Michael Bloomberg, BETO, U S Department of Justice, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Texas Capitol, Texas Legislature


The 1st Day of Christmas, by Bloomberg & Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers

Rep. Terry Meza's House Bill 196, which would gut Texas' Castle Doctrine law by requiring that victims attempt to retreat in the face of a violent attack. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- ‘Tis the season at the Texas Capitol for extreme gun control bills; lumps of coal stuffed in stockings and hung on mantles of gun owners in advance of the 2021 legislative session.  Pre-filed by anti-gun politicians who were backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and BETO “Hell Yeah, I'll Take Y...
Tags: New York, Guns, Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, IMG, Texas Capitol, Texas Legislature, NRA-ILA, Gun Rights News, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Texas Castle Doctrine, Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers, Terry Meza, Bloomberg Beto Backed Texas Lawmakers


Top Ten Texas Criminal Justice Stories of 2020: Looking back at a crazy, (literally) sick year

It's been a crazy year,  both for me personally (I underwent throat-cancer treatment and lost nearly 100 pounds) and for the state and nation generally, between COVID, the Trump un-election, and the massive protests surrounding Houstonite George Floyd's death that in many ways defined the year.If we were ranking criminal-justice stories, those protests would be the biggest one from any traditional newsroom perspective, even if the coronavirus in jails and prisons claimed more lives. But those pr...
Tags: Texas, Law, Minneapolis, US, Ransomware, Austin, Dallas, Houston, City Council, Apd, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Texas Rangers, Abbott, Trump, Greg Abbott


Policing protests, K-9 units barking up wrong tree, the 'toothless' agency regulating Texas cops, and other stories

I've been working on a larger project and ignoring the blog a bit this week, but here are a few odds and ends that deserve Grits readers' attention:TCOLE Sunset coverage. The Houston Chronicle published a nice story on the scathing Sunset report on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the agency that licenses and regulates Texas police officers, jailers, and 911 operators. "[I]n Texas," declared sunset commission staff, "the regulation of law enforcement is 'by and large, toothless.'” See re...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington Post, Austin, Houston Chronicle, Texas Legislature, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Observer, Fort Bend County, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Michael Barajas, TCOLE Sunset, Occupy Movement Ferguson


Understaffing at Texas prisons reaching dangerous levels: #txlege must close, consolidate units

Whether due to COVID or some other reason(s), vacancies among prison staff at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have reached disturbing levels, according to this report from the agency. Thanks to Keri Blakinger of the Marshall Project for passing it along. Regular Grits readers know TDCJ has chronically short staffed several units in recent years, but the number with serious shortages is higher than any time during the two decades your correspondent has been tracking the agency. In the pa...
Tags: Texas, Law, Texas Legislature, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, Keri Blakinger, Blakinger, Oklahoma Utah Oregon


Record Amount of Anti-2A Laws Introduced on 1st Day of TX Bill Pre-Filing

A record number of gun control laws were introduced today in Texas. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Although the 2021 session of the Texas Legislature convenes on January 12, gun control advocates financed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Beto “Hell Yeah, I'll Take Your Guns” O'Rourke wasted no time in announcing their declaration of war on your Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star State.  Monday was the first day for the pre-filing of bills, and more than three dozen meas...
Tags: New York, Texas, Guns, House, Bill, Michael Bloomberg, Lone Star State, Rourke, Texas Legislature, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, House Bill 52 House, Texas Castle Doctrine, Texas Campus Carry law House


"Defund the police" is the new "Obamacare": The Texas #cjreform landscape post-election

Now that the most divisive presidential election in 50 years is over and, win, lose or (largely) draw, everybody can take a deep breath, it's time for criminal-justice reformers to peek our heads above the wreckage to see what remains of a state and local agenda after a tumultuous year and a grueling election season which, at the state level in Texas, resulted in a complete stalemate, from a partisan perspective. Criminal-justice reform is the new Obamacare It's been quite a year for criminal-ju...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Obamacare, Obama, Austin, Gop, House, Harry Potter, Dallas, Houston, Biden, Black Lives Matter, Apd, Fort Worth, San Antonio


San Antonio to #txlege: Fix the 180-day rule, stop arbitrators from overturning police firings, and make police-disciplinary records public

The San Antonio City Council added some police-reform-oriented items to the Alamo City's 2021 legislative agenda, reported the Express News' Joshua Fechter. Here are some of the items approved by the mayor and council:Change the 180 day rule to prohibit discipline 180 days after it's been discovered rather than when it occurred. This rule ended up prohibiting the department from firing a San Antonio officer who fed a literal "shit sandwich" to a homeless man.Make all disciplinary records for off...
Tags: Texas, Law, San Antonio, McManus, Texas Legislature, Alamo City, Gritsforbreakfast, San Antonio City Council, Joshua Fechter


Hemp law radically reduced pot prosecutions in Texas: Don't go back

Readers will recall that the Texas Legislature last year legalized "hemp" without a way for prosecutors to distinguish between legal hemp and illegal marijuana, which come from the same plant. To successfully prosecute, police would need to test the plant's THC levels, but few jurisdictions have the equipment to perform the task, much less staff to handle the extra work. The result: marijuana arrests and prosecutions plummeted statewide, with many jurisdictions eschewing them altogether. Grits...
Tags: Texas, Law, Don, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Legislature, Texas House, Gritsforbreakfast


Federal judge blocks Texas’ elimination of straight-ticket voting

Democrats sued the state in March to overturn the Texas Legislature’s removal of straight-ticket voting.
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Slave patrols as apartheid enforcers in addition to chasing runaways

When your correspondent began researching the history of Texas slave patrols, I considered them mainly a way the government collaborated with slave owners to control black people and punish them for violating rules. But it turns out, slave patrols were as much about enforcing apartheid as protecting property rights, and they were empowered to arrest white folks for various co-mingling considered inappropriate.Grits' slave-patrol research homed in on Guadalupe County, in large part because recor...
Tags: Texas, Law, Mexico, Austin, John, Jack, Maria, San Antonio, Henry, Lawrence, DeWitt, San Jacinto, Indianola, Dina, Gretchen, Seguin


Police complaints and the politics of public-safety budgets

Just to see what was there, yesterday Grits went through recent, formal complaints against Austin police officers from protests last month, as compiled by the Office of Police Oversight. For highlights with links to the complaints, see this Twitter thread. This is information that was made public as a result of the Austin Justice Coalition's victory in the 2018 police-union contract fight.Until recently, no one could see this information unless 1) the complaint was sustained and 2) the officer w...
Tags: Texas, Law, Reagan, Austin, Gop, Apd, Abbott, Austin Police Department, Texas Legislature, OPO, Texas DPS, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin Police Association, Austin Justice Coalition, Ron Reynolds, Office of Police Oversight For


Early Texans couldn't get enough slave patrols, but didn't want to pay for them.

A bit more on slave patrols, which county commissioners courts were authorized to enact in the 1st Texas Legislature in 1846, the year after Texas became a state. We've discussed these antebellum slave-catcher patrol operations briefly: Created by county commissioners courts, comprised of local districts, sometimes many of them, with 4-6 officers in each. But I wanted to know more about them. Here are some related anecdotes from early Texas newspapers in the 1840s and '50s, found online at the U...
Tags: Texas, Law, Mexico, Austin, House, Houston, San Antonio, Jones, University Of North Texas, Hartley, Montgomery County, Powell, Dixon, Galveston, Indianola, Underground Railroad


Slave catching the dominant, early Texas law enforcement apparatus

Upon learning of Austin PD's racist, early history, Grits has been digging in a little to Texas' early law-enforcement agencies to discover if others have similar roots. This is a first installment, merely an initial inquiry, on a topic I want to delve into more deeply over time. So if it seems incomplete, it is. Please bear with me. If you're not satisfied in the end, you can have a full refund. Rangers not Texas' earliest law enforcement. Some might think the Texas Rangers were the state's ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Colorado, Mexico, Virginia, Austin, Rangers, Dallas, Houston, North Carolina, Sun City, Fort Worth, Lord, San Antonio, South Carolina, Jim Crow


TX House Committee Solicits Public Comments On Gun Study Charges

In a shameless effort to exploit the El Paso, Midland, and Odessa tragedies, gun control advocates have been demanding that the Texas Legislature more gun laws. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In a shameless effort to exploit the El Paso, Midland, and Odessa tragedies, gun control advocates have been demanding that the Texas Legislature pass radical restrictions on your rights called for by failed politicians like Beto O'Rourke and Michael Bloomberg.  The Texas House Committee on Mass Viol...
Tags: Guns, Michael Bloomberg, Odessa, Galveston, Texas Legislature, Gun Rights News, NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action ILA, National Rifle Association of America ILA, Beto O Rourke, El Paso Midland, NRA Institute for Legislative Action About NRA


What's in Texas' proposed 'George Floyd Act'?

Last week, while your correspondent was focused on Austin's budget battles, in Houston the Texas Legislature's Black Caucus unveiled what's been dubbed the "George Floyd Act," which will be carried in the House by state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and in the upper chamber by Sen. Royce West. See initial coverage:Texas TribuneHouston ChronicleDallas Morning NewsReaders may recall that Grits had suggested several reforms that one might reasonably include in such an eponymous bill that related to Geor...
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