Political Representation

If law enforcement officers ever have a reason to think about CLEAT Public Affairs they would naturally think about the successful political battles involving the state legislature or commercials developed for local political battles across the state.

CLEAT was the first to advocate full time in the state legislature and have a proud record of over 40 years of accomplishments. We lobby the state Legislature and you can read all about our most recent legislative agenda or legislative highlights from years past. CLEAT believes the next session of the state legislature begins as soon as the last one ends. Our focus on growing local PAC’s and campaigning to elect our friends in the Legislature as well as remove those who are your enemies makes this part of the Public Affairs assignment a full-time operation.

And while it’s true that other divisions like Legal or Field Services often call on Public Affairs to inflict pain on the enemies of Texas law enforcement – that’s not our only job either.

The Public Affairs Division also serves as the official spokesperson for CLEAT in the media. By helping to plan the annual convention, planning memorial services and raising funds with our charitable sister organization, the Peace Officer Memorial Foundation, as well as assisting in the annual training academies we help other divisions of CLEAT with the public face of our organization.

We develop all publications and maintain the website, Facebook pages and assist locals in communication with local members. We work with other divisions to develop political messaging, build creative media to help win collective bargaining, civil service, pay raise or manpower elections and change the image of local unions with local voters and opinion leaders.

Whether its polling statewide or locally, whether it’s helping associations to become more politically assertive, or helping build local Political Action Committees, CLEAT Public Affairs fights hard to be the rapid response team.

Public Affairs Staff

Arianna Smith
Counsel, Public Affairs
Arianna Smith, with a passion for legislation and politics, joins CLEAT on September 1, 2016. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Spanish from the University of North Texas and Juris Doctor from the University of Baylor School of Law. She is also licensed to practice law under the State Bar of Texas.

 

Alexandra Price
Communications Specialist

Alex comes to CLEAT after finishing up a social media/marketing internship with a Chicago based SaaS enterprise, behavioral analytics software company, called Mattersight Corporation. She obtained her B.A. in Communication-Public Relations from Concordia University in Austin.

 

jonesChris Jones
In October 2010, Chris retired from the Houston Police Department after 31 years of service. He has also been a member of CLEAT for 30 years and has worked for CLEAT over 25 years as a consultant or part-time employee.  Upon his retirement, Chris was hired by CLEAT full time to work in the Public Affairs Division.  Over the years, Chris has developed expertise in the technical aspects of the legislative process, including drafting legislation, amendments, position papers and bill analyses. He has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston.

 

wilkisonCharley Wilkison
Charley is CLEAT’s executive director and serves as chief lobbyist in the Capitol, field campaign director, PAC Treasurer, and public affairs director of the Peace Officer Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization. Charley came to CLEAT from the field of government and politics. He worked in his first campaign as a volunteer in a County Sheriff race in the Texas Primary in the Spring of 1976, at age 18. During college he ran political campaigns and worked as a speechwriter, media and political strategist. Prior to accepting a position at CLEAT in 1994, Charley’s governmental experience included the U.S. Congress, Texas Senate, and Texas House of Representatives. He holds a degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University, Commerce.

85th Legislative Session

84th Legislative Session

HB 1278 Hughes, Bryan (R) / Lucio, Eddie (D)

Caption: Relating to the amount of financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty.

Description: Raises the death benefit for surviving families from $250,000 to $500,000 and doubles the monthly income for surviving children. The death benefit has not been raised since 2001 and the monthly income for children has not been raised since 1975.


HB 2604 Dale, Tony (R) / Hinojosa, Chuy (D)

Caption: Relating to a concealed handgun license application that is submitted by a peace officer or a member of the state military forces.

Description: Officers can’t purchase a weapon without going through federal background check unless they have a CHL. This bill allows a peace officer to obtain a CHL simply by submitting a current copy of the officer’s license and evidence of employment to DPS, instead of having to go through one’s Department and receive a statement from the department head.


SB 923 Watson, Kirk (D) / Zedler, Bill (R)

Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of obstruction or retaliation.

Description: Protects the personal information of peace officers and other public servants from being released. Creates an offense for posting this information online.


HB 3212 King, Phil (R) / Menendez, Jose (F) (D)

Caption: Relating to peace officer identification cards for certain retired peace officers.

Description: Addresses a discrepancy between state and federal law regarding the carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers.


HB 326 Wu, Gene (D) / Hall, Bob (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to sworn affidavits provided to support the issuance of a search warrant.

Description: Would allow a magistrate to accept sworn statement by telephone or other electronic device in support of a search warrant.


HB 593 Collier, Nicole (D) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to animal encounter training for peace officers.

Description: Mandatory TCOLE canine training bill for law enforcement.

SB 158 West, Royce (D) / Fletcher, Allen (R)

Caption: Relating to a body worn camera program for certain law enforcement agencies in this state.

Final Outcome: CLEAT Amendment accepted that protects the non-duty related footage from being subject to open records.


HB 910 Phillips, Larry (R) / Estes, Craig (R)

Caption: Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun.

Remarks: As filed, we had concerns about the bill and how it would have affected officers. CLEAT asked for specific safeguards and amendments.

Final Outcome: Dutton / Huffines amendment that CLEAT opposed was removed. The amendment prohibited law enforcement from asking someone if they had a CHL license.


HB 324 Dutton, Harold (D) / Burton, Konni (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to a requirement that a peace officer obtain a search warrant before conducting a body cavity search.

Remarks: Prohibits body cavity searches without a search warrant.

Final Outcome: Author accepted CLEAT amendment that only prohibited body cavity searches on roadside. CLEAT removed opposition after amendment was accepted.


HB 1036 Johnson, Eric (D) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to reporting requirements for an injury or death caused by a peace officer.

Remarks: The original bill language required a law enforcement agency to report officer involved injury or deaths to the Attorney General’s office, including badge number, age, ethnicity and gender of an officer. The bill also required a report to be submitted within 72 hours of a critical incident and required the law enforcement agency to conduct an internal investigation, even if the incident is investigated by another agency, such as the Texas Rangers. The bill further required the results of the investigation to be reported with 72 hours of the conclusion of the investigation and required the agency to submit a copy of the agency’s file to the AG. In turn, the AG is required to post the reports on a website and to prepare annual reports.

Final Outcome: Author changed language removing badge number and other identifying information, therefore, CLEAT removed its opposition.

HB 207 Leach, Jeff (R) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to creating the offense of voyeurism.


HB 219 White, James (R) / Nichols, Robert (R)

Caption: Relating to the designation of Farm-to-Market Road 1293 in Hardin County as the Game Warden Wesley W. Wagstaff Memorial Highway.


HB 229 Guillen, Ryan (D)/ Zaffirini, Judith (D)

Caption: Relating to the disposition of surplus motor vehicles and other law enforcement equipment by the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas.

Description: Exempts DPS from state rules regarding the disposition of surplus equipment if the Public Safety Commission establishes a procedure to transfer the equipment to municipal or county law enforcement agencies.


HB 437 Raney, John (R) / Campbell, Donna (R)

Caption: Relating to eligibility to participate in health benefit programs for certain state employees reemployed after military service.

Description: Provides that state employees re-employed after returning from military service are eligible immediately for health care benefits.


HB 445 Raney, John (R) / Lucio, Eddie (D)

Caption: Relating to providing notice of the availability of paid leave for military service to public officers and employees.

Description: Requires statement to employees on military leave used and amount of leave remaining. Applies to all state, municipal, county and other political subdivisions.


HB 473 Giddings, Helen (D) / Menendez, Jose (F) (D)

Caption: Relating to a prohibition on the sale or transfer of certain law enforcement vehicles before removal of certain equipment and insignia.


HB 530 Hernandez, Ana (D) / West, Royce (D)

Caption: Relating to the use of proceeds from criminal asset forfeiture to provide college scholarships to children of peace officers killed in the line of duty and to an annual report regarding the total value of forfeited property in this state.

Description: A law enforcement agency may transfer no more than 10% of criminal asset forfeiture to a separate fund for scholarships to children of peace officers killed in the line of duty. Also requires the AG to develop an annual report with info submitted by LE agencies and attorneys representing the state detailing the total amount of funds forfeited or credited after the sale of forfeited property. This report will be public on the AG’s website.


HB 872 Raymond, Richard (D) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to the reactivation of a peace officer license.

Description: Requires TCOLE to reactivate a peace officers license after a break in employment, after completing required additional training, if the peace officer had been a peace officer in good standing for 10 years of service as a peace officer before the break.


HB 1061 Turner, Chris (D) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of obstruction or retaliation.


HB 1094 Geren, Charlie (R) / Eltife, Kevin (R)

Caption: Relating to workers’ compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.


HB 1187 Wray, John (F) (R) / Birdwell, Brian (R)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Highway.


HB 1237 Tinderholt, Tony (F) (R) / Burton, Konni (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 290 in Hays and Travis Counties as the Lieutenant Clay Crabb Memorial Highway.


HB 1311 McClendon, Ruth Jones (D) / Menendez, Jose (F) (D)

Caption: Relating to the confidentiality of personal information concerning certain employees currently or formerly involved in the Texas juvenile justice system.


HB 1338 Naishtat, Elliott (D)/ Menendez, Jose (F) (D)

Caption: Relating to training for peace officers and first responders on acquired and traumatic brain injuries.

Description: Requires the development of a training couse on the effects of acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury and techniques to interact with persons who have these injuries.


HB 1388 Bohac, Dwayne (R) / Creighton, Brandon (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to certain diseases or illnesses suffered by firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

Description: This bill applies to EMS, and clarifies the rebuttal to the presumption of the line of duty status of a heart attack or stroke. It must include a statement that describes the evidence that the person reviewed before making the determination that a cause not associated with the individual’s service caused the disease or illness.


HB 1446 Dale, Tony (R) / Rodriguez, Jose (D)

Caption: Relating to reimbursement of certain medical costs for victims of certain sex offenses.

Description: Allows for reimbursement from Crime Victims Compensation Fund for certain sexual assault exams.


HB 1447 Dale, Tony (R) / Rodriguez, Jose (D)

Caption: Relating to protective orders on behalf of victims of certain sex offenses.

Description: Protective order issued at time of conviction rather than after the person is released.


HB 1481 Murphy, Jim (R) / Birdwell, Brian (R)

Caption: Relating to prohibiting the operation of an unmanned aircraft over certain facilities.


HB 1595 Murr, Andrew (F) (R) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to testing certain defendants or confined persons for communicable diseases.

Description: Adds magistrates and correctional employees to the body fluids bill. Allows for testing of someone who causes the person’s bodily fluids to come into contact with a magistrate or correctional employee while confined or while in a judicial proceeding.


HB 1790 Marquez, Marisa (D) / Lucio, Eddie (D)

Caption: Relating to job performance on behalf of a fire fighter or police officer during illness or injury.

Description: Clarifies that another employee can voluntarily work for a police officer or fire fighter who is on leave for a temporary disability until the person returns to duty.


HB 1963 Deshotel, Joe (D) / Creighton, Brandon (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 87 as the Texas Game Warden Michael C. Pauling Memorial Highway.


HB 2020 Martinez, Armando (D) / Campbell, Donna (R)

Caption: Relating to the scope of duties of an emergency medical technician-paramedic and a licensed paramedic.


HB 2037 Geren, Charlie (R) / Hinojosa, Chuy (D)

Caption: Relating to compensation and leave for certain peace officers.

Description: The bill creates legislative leave for both TABC and AG officers, and brings AG peace officers into schedule C of ERS for pay purposes. It also adds AG officers to Hazard Duty pay putting them in with other state officers.


HB 2135 Miller, Doug (R) / Watson, Kirk (D)

Caption: Relating to the purchasing of a firearm of an honorably retired or deceased peace officer.

Description: Amends Chapter 614 to change “state agency” to “governmental entity” and allows a retired officer or family of a deceased officer to purchase their government owned firearm.


HB 2272 Raney, John (R) / Schwertner, Charles (R)

Caption: Relating to surety bond requirements for reserve deputy sheriffs.

Description: Allows for a department to provide a blanket surety bond for reserves or allows a County to self-insure for all reserves.


HB 2486 Keffer, Jim (R) / Hinojosa, Chuy (D)

Caption: Relating to the right of a person to enter the person’s residence or former residence accompanied by a peace officer to recover certain personal property.


HB 2646 Giddings, Helen (D) / Schwertner, Charles (R)

Caption: Relating to the disclosure of information regarding communicable diseases to first responders and certain entities.


HB 2771 Martinez, Armando (D) / Taylor, Larry (R)

Caption: Relating to employment activities of certain emergency response personnel for purposes of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act.


HB 3211 King, Phil (R) / Whitmire, John (D)

Caption: Relating to training requirements for peace officers appointed to supervisory positions.

Description: Clarifies that supervision training must occur within 12 months of appointment or before the appointment.


HB 3982 Romero, Ramon (F) (D) / Lucio, Eddie (D)

Caption: Relating to solicitation to buy drinks for consumption by a retailer.


SB 45 Zaffirini, Judith (D) / Guillen, Ryan (D)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of Interstate Highway 37 as the Trooper Terry Wayne Miller Memorial Highway.


SB 227 Zaffirini, Judith (D) / Guillen, Ryan (D)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a segment of Farm-to-Market Road 624 in McMullen County as the Game Warden James E. Daughtrey Memorial Highway.


SB 288 Estes, Craig (R) / Springer, Drew (R)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 16 in Young County as the Texas Game Warden Joseph Marshall Evans Memorial Highway.


SB 308 Whitmire, John (D) / Coleman, Garnet (D)

Caption: Relating to the application of public information laws to campus police departments at private institutions of higher education.

Description: Applies FOIA to campus police departments at private universities.


SB 415 Watson, Kirk (D) / Israel, Celia (F) (D)

Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 685 in Travis County as the Deputy Jessica Hollis Boulevard.


SB 653 Eltife, Kevin (R) / Oliveira, Rene (D)

Caption: Relating to increasing the amount of burial benefits required to be paid by an insurance carrier under the workers’ compensation system.


SB 671 Birdwell, Brian (R) / Keffer, Jim (R)

Caption: Relating to the designation of Loop 567 in Granbury as the Deputy Sergeant Lance McLean Loop 567.


SB 1574 Uresti, Carlos (D) / Martinez, Armando (D)

Caption: Relating to emergency response employees or volunteers and others exposed or potentially exposed to certain diseases or parasites.

Description: Expands testing requirements for communicable diseases from just peace officers to any emergency response employee who comes into contact with a person’ bodily fluids


SB 1899 Campbell, Donna (R) / Martinez, Armando (D)

Caption: Relating to the scope of duties of an emergency medical technician-paramedic and a licensed paramedic.

HB 161 Larson, Lyle (R)

Caption: Relating to housing prisoners in a tent or other facility in lieu of a county jail.


HB 195 Stickland, Jonathan (R)

Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns.


HB 261 Miles, Borris (D)

Caption: Relating to municipal civilian complaint review boards in certain municipalities.

Description: Created a police civilian complaint review board. Bracketed for Houston only but could have been amended to include everyone.


HB 265 Miles, Borris (D)

Caption: Relating to enhancing the penalty prescribed for certain acts of official oppression.

Description: Raised penalty to a 3rd degree penalty for “bodily injury” caused by a peace officer if an arrest or detention was unlawful.


HB 267 Miles, Borris (D)

Caption: Relating to the joint or separate prosecution of a capital felony charged against two or more defendants.


HB 270 Miles, Borris (D)

Caption: Relating to the retention of and the required disclosure under the public information law of certain complaints alleging official oppression.


HB 341 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to the extent of a defendant’s criminal responsibility for the conduct of a coconspirator in certain felony cases.


HB 348 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to the punishment for certain conduct constituting the offense of official oppression and to the statute of limitation on prosecution of that conduct.

Description: Intended for cases like Michael Morton case, but would have applied to official oppression cases involving peace officers as well. Would extend the statute of limitations and have made it a felony to suppress evidence.


HB 422 Krause, Matt (R)

Caption: Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.

Description: This bill created a conflict between state and federal law enforcement when enforcing federal law. It would have caused a conflict when state or local officers served on a federal task force or worked in conjunction with federal agents.


HB 541 Canales, Terry (D)

Caption: Relating to the electronic recording of certain custodial interrogations.


HB 563 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of official oppression.

Description: Made official oppression a 3rd degree felony if the actor was a peace officer and used “excessive physical force”. “Excessive physical force” was not defined. There was no clear description or explanation of what constituted “excessive” and what relation does that term have to the justifiable use of force under Chapter 9 of the Penal Code.


HB 564 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to the admissibility of certain evidence in capital cases in which the state seeks the death penalty.

Description: In Capital cases in which the death penalty is being sought, testimony of an informant or alleged accomplice of a defendant would not be admissible if the testimony is given in exchange for a grant or promise from prosecution, reduction of sentence, or by any leniency or special treatment. Testimony by a fellow inmate of the defendant would not not permitted unless there was an electronic recording made of the defendant’s statement.


HB 674 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to permitting a residency requirement for police officers in certain municipalities.

Description: Allowed a residency requirement in Houston only as written, but could be amended.


HB 1010 Canales, Terry (D)

Description: Relating to the disclosure of certain information and evidence by a prosecutor in a criminal case.


HB 1012 Canales, Terry (D)

Caption: Relating to the state’s burden of proof in certain criminal asset forfeiture proceedings.

Description: Changed standard for criminal asset forfeiture from preponderance of the evidence to “clear and convincing” evidence.


HB 1024 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to an offense report prepared in the investigation of a criminal case.


HB 1025 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to the approval of law enforcement training materials by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Description: Required TCOLE to pre-approve all course material before it could be taught.


HB 1032 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to abolishing the death penalty.


HB 1035 Johnson, Eric (D)

Caption: Relating to criminal offenses involving the filming, recording, photographing, documenting, or observing of a peace officer.


HB 1159 Raymond, Richard (D)

Caption: Relating to the use of certain disciplinary actions against a child.

Description: Made it an offense to use a taser or stun gun to subdue a child for disciplinary purposes. Disciplinary purposes are not defined. It refered to defenses under Chapter 9 but these would not apply to a child under age 13.


HB 1168 Rinaldi, Matt (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of resisting arrest, search, or transportation or the offenses of escape or permitting or facilitating escape.

Description: Amended resisting arrest statute to provide that it would be a defense to prosecution that the arrest or search was unlawful.


HB 1369 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to the creation of a special prosecution division in the office of the attorney general to investigate and prosecute peace officer misconduct.


HB 1397 Shaheen, Matt (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to the eligibility to serve as a member of the board of trustees
of the Texas County and District Retirement System.

Description: Removed retiree position from TCDRS and replaced with a member of a commissioners court. Prohibited public members from having prior or current service with a governmental entity.


HB 1527 Farrar, Jessica (D)

Caption: Relating to abolishing the death penalty.


HB 1561 Schaefer, Matt (R)

Caption: Relating to the exemption from certain security licensure of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a private primary or secondary school, a church or religious organization.

Description: Would have exempted volunteers with certain non-profit organizations from being licensed as security officers.


HB 1749 Elkins, Gary (R)

Caption: Relating to the organization of public employees.


HB 1840 Reynolds, Ron (D)

Caption: Relating to the appointment by the attorney general of a special prosecutor to prosecute certain offenses committed that cause serious bodily injury or death by peace officers.

Description: Provided for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate officers involved in use of force causing injuries or deaths.


HB 2122 King, Tracy (D)

Caption: Relating to the adoption of uniform rules for hours of work for certain county employees.


HB 2269 Metcalf, Will (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee.


HB 2357 Gutierrez, Roland (D)

Caption: Relating to the investigation of deaths involving peace officers.

Description: Established a statewide review board for officer involved deaths.


HB 2374 Dutton, Harold (D)

Caption: Relating to access to certain law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial records under the public information law.

Description: Would have made it easier under the public information law to obtain information held by a law enforcement agency related to the detection, investigation, or prosecution of a crime.


HB 2608 Murphy, Jim (R)

Caption: Relating to municipal control of certain public retirement systems established for the benefit of municipal employees.

Description: Would have allowed municipality to circumvent state pension laws by ordinance.


HB 2918 Villalba, Jason (R)

Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of interference with public duties.


HB 2955 Klick, Stephanie(R)

Caption: Relating to certain public retirement systems.


HB 3061 Anchia, Rafael (D)

Caption: Relating to the movement of vehicles transporting ocean cargo shipping containers.


HB 3100 Lozano, Jose (R)

Caption: Relating to the accrual of interest on annuity and other payments made to certain retirees who have resumed employment within the Texas Municipal Retirement System.

Description: TMRS return to work bill.


HB 3171 Simpson, David (R)

Caption: Relating to repealing civil asset forfeiture provisions and establishing criminal asset forfeiture in this state.

Description: Repealed civil asset forfeiture and created criminal asset forfeiture. Only allowed seizure if the person was convicted of law subject to forfeiture. Also required “clear and convincing” evidence.


HB 3182 Fallon, Pat (R)

Caption: Relating to the maximum service retirement annuity for members of public retirement systems.

Description: Set limits on the maximum amount of retirement benefits. Applied to future employees only. Tied to gross salary of a member of the U.S. Armed Services Pay Grade O-10.


HB 3712 Lucio III, Eddie (D)

Caption: Relating to collective bargaining for firefighters and police officers, including county jailers and detention officers.

Description: Split bargaining units. Also opens up 174 to bad amendments.


HB 3979 Dukes, Dawnna (D)

Caption: Relating to restrictions on the use of certain sprays, stun guns, and Tasers against public school students.

Description: Restricted use of less than lethal force methods, including OC, stun gun or Taser, simply because the suspect is a student.


HB 4042 Alvarado, Carol (D)

Caption: Relating to collective bargaining for firefighters and police officers, including county jailers and detention officers.

Description: Split bargaining units. Opens up 174 to bad amendments.


HB 4071 Burrows, Dustin (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to a requirement that a peace officer obtain a search warrant before conducting a body cavity search.


HB 4080 Smithee, John (R)

Caption: Relating to optional annuity increases for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Texas Municipal Retirement System.

Description: TMRS COLA BILL – Removed the penalty for a City to opt out of automatic COLA’s and gave cities the option to give COLA’s only when they wanted to.


SB 17 Estes, Craig (R)

Caption: Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered gun.

Description: As filed, we had concerns about this bill and how it will affect officers. CLEAT asked for specific safeguards and amendments.


SB 95 Hinojosa, Chuy (D)

Caption: Relating to the state’s burden of proof in certain criminal asset forfeiture proceedings.

Description: Changed standard for criminal asset forfeiture from preponderance of the evidence to “clear and convincing” evidence.


SB 229 Creighton, Brandon (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee.


SB 346 Estes, Craig (R)

Caption: Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun.

Description: As filed, we had concerns about this bill and how it would affect officers. We asked for specific safeguards and amendments.


SB 625 Hinojosa, Chuy (D)

Caption: Relating to a prohibition against the use of certain sprays, stun guns, and Tasers against public school students.

Description: Limited use of taser and OC by school district and SRO’s to subdue a student.


SB 1037 Rodriguez, Jose (D)

Caption: Relating to law enforcement training programs and policies on using appropriate nonlethal force and nonviolent restraint.

Description: Amended CCP creating a new standard instructing officers to use all reasonable means to avoid using deadly force against an unarmed suspect and to use the least amount of force necessary to restrain an uncooperative suspect. Required departments to develop use of force policies. Required a new TCOLE training program on the use of nonlethal force and nonviolent restraint training.


SB 1151 Hall, Bob (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to consultation with public employees concerning employment matters.

Description: Circumvented bargaining/Meet and Confer


SB 1157 Hall, Bob (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to a deduction from a state employee’s wages or a retiree’s annuity for membership fees in a state employee organization.

Description: Repealed dues deduction (check off) for state employees.


SB 1381 Estes, Craig (R)

Caption: Relating to optional annuity increases for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Texas Municipal Retirement System.

Description: TMRS COLA BILL – Removed the penalty for a City to opt out of automatic COLA’s and gave cities the option to give COLA’s only when they wanted to.


SB 1661 Lucio, Eddie (D)

Caption: Relating to abolishing the death penalty.

Description: Abolished the death penalty


SB 1696 West, Royce (D)

Caption: Relating to a prohibition against the use of certain sprays, stun guns, and Tasers by school district peace officers, security personnel, and other employees against public school students.

Description: Prohibited use of less than less methods to subdue a student, including use of OC, stun gun or Taser.


SB 1795 West, Royce (D)

Caption: Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of resisting arrest, search, or transportation or the offenses of escape or permitting or facilitating escape.

Description: Amended resisting arrest statute to provide that it would be a defense to prosecution that the arrest or search was unlawful.


SB 1863 Burton, Konni (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to repealing civil asset forfeiture provisions and establishing criminal asset forfeiture in this state.

Description: Repealed civil asset forfeiture and created criminal asset forfeiture. Only allowed seizure if the person is convicted of law subject to forfeiture. Also required “clear and convincing” evidence.


SB 1968 Huffman, Joan (R)

Caption: Relating to the organization of public employees.

Description: Would have prohibited payroll dues deduction for most employees.


SB 1974 Zaffirini, Judith (D)

Caption: Relating to the adoption of uniform rules for hours of work for certain county employees.


SB 1994 Bettencourt, Paul (F) (R)

Caption: Relating to municipal control of certain public retirement systems established for the benefit of municipal employees.