Bill would set rules for police body cameras

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee looked at a bill Tuesday that would create a set of uniform rules for police departments using body cameras. Dallas Senator Royce West said that several high-profile cases involving police use of deadly force have prompted national interest in cameras worn on the body by police officers that record interactions … Read more

Reps hard at work during spring break

While many of the schools across our district enjoyed spring break this past week, the Texas Legislature was hard at work in Austin. House Speaker Joe Straus announced that next week we will begin bringing bills to the House floor. This is when things really begin to pick up, and that should be especially true … Read more

Bill would strengthen the spending limit

Calling for greater fiscal restraint, Senator Kelly Hancock of North Richland Hills unveiled a plan on Tuesday to tighten further the state spending limit. The current spending cap, based on personal income growth, was approved by voters more than 35 years ago, and Hancock said it’s time to update the law. “It is astonishing to … Read more

Patrick: Guard must stay on the border

Texas must continue to secure its international border with National Guard troops past a March deadline, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. With funding due to run out next month, Patrick said the state must continue to pay for Guard forces to stay on the Mexico border through at least … Read more

Noteworthy happenings at Capitol

This past week, as expected, Speaker Straus released the House Committee assignments. I am extremely grateful to have been reappointed to both the House Appropriations and Naturals Resources Committees, along with my new position as a member of the House Administration Committee. Serving on these committees gives me the best opportunity to protect and promote … Read more

Inspection stickers are set to expire

The two sticker system for vehicle inspection and registration will soon be a thing of the past. Beginning March 1, Texas drivers will only have to display a single registration sticker in the bottom driver’s side corner of their windshields. Vehicles will still have to pass the same safety and emissions standards at licensed inspection … Read more

Nelson unveils Senate budget

The Chair of the Senate Finance Committee laid out the Senate version of the initial state budget Tuesday, showcasing a plan to reduce property taxes while increasing funding to education and border security. Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound said that this budget follows the same principles that allowed Texas to weather the national economic … Read more