Category Archives: Capitol Report

CLEAT endorses Lakeway Chief Radford for Travis County sheriff

AUSTIN — The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas today endorsed Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford in the March 1 Democratic Primary for Travis County sheriff. “CLEAT is proud to join our local affiliate, the Travis County Sheriff’s Officers’ Association, in standing solidly in support of Chief Radford,” said CLEAT President Todd Harrison, an Austin…
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Wilkison discusses real-world impact of open-carry for police officers

[caption id="attachment_11717" align="aligncenter" width="585"] Capitol Tonight host Paul Brown with Charley Wilkison[/caption] CLEAT Executive Director Charley Wilkison was invited on TWC Austin News' Capitol Tonight show Nov. 3 to discuss how Texas' new open-carry law might affect rank-and-file police officers. During this year's legislative session, Wilkison and the CLEAT Public Affairs team lobbied mightily to…
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State Rep. Phil King is CLEAT's 2015 Crime Fighter of the Year

[caption id="attachment_11624" align="aligncenter" width="600"] CLEAT Regional Director Greg Shipley, left, Rep. King, Charley Wilkison and Melinda Smith.[/caption] State Rep. Phil King, a former Fort Worth police officer and a former Weatherford reserve officer, is CLEAT's 2015 Crime Fighter of the Year for his vigilant efforts to protect law enforcement interests during the 84th Legislature. The…
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CLEAT keeps tab on hearing regarding Texas jail standards

CLEAT Public Affairs attended this week's House Committee on County Affairs hearing regarding Texas jail standards. This is the second hearing in the last month as a result of the death of Sandra Bland. Various topics were discussed such as revising the intake form, increasing mandated training and exploring the use of telemedicine for language…
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CLEAT gets 'solidarity' award for killing anti-union bill

    CLEAT was recognized last week for its successful efforts to help defeat legislation that would have destroyed the legal-defense payroll deduction of teachers and other public workers in Texas. Although the bill exempted law enforcement, CLEAT took a hard-line position against the measure. "It's an honor to be recognized by the Texas AFL…
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CLEAT applauds decision to send open-carry bill to conference committee

  [caption id="attachment_10692" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Todd Harrison, Charley Wilkison and Chris Jones on the way to the Capitol.[/caption] CLEAT thanks the two House members who are former law enforcement officers for their common-sense arguments that sent the open-carry legislation to a conference committee. Reps. Phil King and Allen Fletcher, both longtime CLEAT friends, argued persuasively…
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Bill to raise survivors' benefits now awaits governor's signature

[caption id="attachment_10686" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chris Jones, left, with Rep. Bryan Hughes, Charley Wilkison, Melinda Smith and Sen. Eddie Lucio after HB 1278 passed.[/caption] One of CLEAT's top priorities of the 2015 legislative session won passage in the Texas Senate late Tuesday and is now on its way to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott. HB…
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Charley Wilkison gives update on CLEAT’s Legislative Agenda

[caption id="attachment_10664" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Charley Wilkison with KXAN's Josh Hinkle.[/caption] Executive Director Charley Wilkison appeared on two Austin TV news stations over the past week to provide a progress report on CLEAT's legislative agenda and other matters important to law enforcement. Click here the interview with KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. And click here…
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