• May 14, 2021

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Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed

As opposition to Texas Republicans’ proposed voting restrictions continues to intensify, state lawmakers’ deliberations over the GOP priority legislation could soon go behind closed doors. The House early Friday voted 81-64 to advance a pared down version of Senate Bill 7, leaving out various far-reaching voting restrictions that have prompted widespread outcry from voting rights […]Read More

Bail in Texas could see key changes under House bill,

The Texas House on Tuesday passed a bill to alter the way criminal defendants can be released from jail before trial. The priority legislation would, in part, require judicial officers to use a risk assessment tool when making bail decisions and ban cashless release for those accused of some violent or sexual crimes. House members […]Read More

Texas House passes package of police reform bills, including measure

The Texas House on Friday quickly approved three police reform measures that are part of a sweeping set of legislation following the in-custody murder of George Floyd last year. The bills would require Texas law enforcement agencies to implement more uniform and substantive disciplinary actions for officer misconduct, bar officers from arresting people for fine-only […]Read More

A year after Vanessa Guillén’s murder, family and advocates say

Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén’s murder at Fort Hood in Killeen last year exposed a pattern of violence and abuse against soldiers at the U.S. military’s largest active-duty base and sparked national outrage over federal officials’ handling of sexual harassment and noncombat deaths. Guillén told her family she was being sexually harassed by several fellow soldiers […]Read More