Texas Senate Approves Police Interaction BillThe Texas Senate has voted to require high schools to provide instruction on how to best interact with law enforcement in traffic stops and other situations. The bill now goes to the Texas House for consideration.
Democrats Again To Lead Just 2 Texas Senate CommitteesDemocrats will again head just two Texas Senate committees, the same number that the minority party ran last session in 2015.
Texas Senator Gets Another Prison Death ThreatThe problem of illegal cell phones being smuggled in to Texas inmates came to light five years ago when a death row inmate called Senator John Whitmire and made threats. Now that Texas senator is again the victim of a death threat.
Senate Panel Endorses Closing $54M Private Prison A key Senate panel has endorsed the closure of a $54 million private state prison in North Texas that ranks among the most dangerous lockups in the state.
Texas Prisons Can’t Stop Cell Phones At Cell WallsTexas State Senator John Whitmire calls it the most unusual phone call of his life. "Nothing shocks me anymore, but this would probably take first prize for the biggest, unbelievable story," said the Senator from Houston. "No Texan should have to worry about getting a call from an inmate."
Teacher Layoffs Would Hamper Some Local EconomiesPlans for teacher layoffs are stirring panic from Houston to far West Texas.