Category Archives: Capitol Report

House passes bill to boost survivors' benefits

CLEAT's Chris Jones and state Rep. Charlie Geren. CLEAT thanks state Rep. Charlie Geren for HB 1094, which passed the Texas House and was sent to the Senate on Monday. The bill was brought to him by Concerns for Police Survivors, or COPS, and would fix a loophole in survivors workers comp benefits for spouses…
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'Your loved ones gave their last full measure for us'

The families, friends and fellow colleagues of the Texas peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty were comforted Monday with the promise that their loved ones' memory and dedicated will not be forgotten. "To all of the surviving family members who are here today, we say thank you," Texas Land Commissioner…
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CLEAT's independence and dogged persistence on 'body cam bill' pays off

CLEAT's insistence that the legislation governing police body cameras protect the legitimate privacy rights of law enforcement officers was finally embraced by the Texas Senate. Sen. Royce West, the author of Senate Bill 158, agreed to an amendment from Sen. Jose Menendez that exempts things like private conversations unrelated to law enforcement from public disclosure.…
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Misinformation Alert! CLEAT not involved in training of Oklahoma reserve deputy

By John Moritz CLEAT Public Affairs Misinformation has been circulating around the Texas Capitol and in some media outlets suggesting that CLEAT was somehow involved in the training of the 73-year-old Oklahoma sheriff's deputy reservist involved in a much-publicized deadly shooting. The confusion stems from the fact that the Oklahoma's state agency similar to Texas'…
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Locals join CLEAT Lobby Team as Legislature heats up

Strategizing at CLEAT HQ before heading to the Capitol. Representatives from several affiliated locals are in Austin this week to stand strong with the CLEAT Lobby Team to support good bills and fight the bad ones. Among the bad ones targeted by CLEAT and the locals is House Bill 4042 by Houston Rep. Carol Alvarado.  The…
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Some may call it ‘grandstanding;’ we just call it ‘standing up’

Melinda Smith and Charley Wilkison at the Capitol. By John Moritz CLEAT Public Affairs Since CLEAT doesn't seek or accept government grants --the politicians can't direct our legislative agenda or force us to support anything. We aren't conflicted or beholden to anyone but our members. A couple of management-pleasing police unions are trying to bully…
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Locals come to Austin to lobby against a bad bill for sheriff's unions

CLEAT members are briefed before heading to the Capitol. A contingent of CLEAT-affiliated officers from Bexar County and the Coastal Bend area was in Austin on Wednesday to urge their local lawmakers to stand strong against a bill that would have a divide-and-conquer effect on some local associations. The members were at the Capitol to…
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CLEAT explains need for lawmakers to fix pension disparity

Representatives from universities and school districts across the state testified in support of HB 1821 and HB 2933. On Monday, the House Pensions Committee heard testimony in support of two bills to fix the disparity between the pensions earned by campus peace officers and other state peace officers who are not able to participate in…
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CLEAT, campus officers visit lawmakers to discuss pension disparity

Campus officers meet with Sen. Jose Menendez. CLEAT lobbyist and training coordinator Chris Jones led a group of university and school district peace officers on a tour of the Capitol this week urging lawmakers to support legislation to correct the disparity between various pensions received by these officers. State Rep. Roberto Alonzo of Dallas is carrying…
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