Category Archives: Public Safety

Existing medical parole program in Texas provides for limited release of certain seriously ill, elderly inmates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local, state, and federal criminal justice systems have been working since early spring to reduce the number of people held in correctional facilities to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and protect … Continue reading

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AG issues opinion on local regulation of firearm sales during declared emergency

Cities and counties may not use emergency declarations to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms, according to a recent nonbinding opinion issued by the Texas attorney general. The chair of the Texas House Committee on Ways and Means on … Continue reading

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Governor, agencies waive some state licensing rules in response to COVID-19

On March 13, Gov. Abbott issued a proclamation declaring a state of disaster for all Texas counties due to the imminent threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Anticipating the need for essential licensed workers to provide critical services, the governor … Continue reading

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Texas lawmakers expand school marshal program

As part of a state effort to strengthen school safety in the wake of a shooting last year that left 10 people dead at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, the Legislature in 2019 considered measures to expand the … Continue reading

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Laws let Texans donate to fund testing of sexual assault kits

Two laws enacted by the 85th Legislature this year allow Texans who are obtaining a driver’s license or registering a vehicle to contribute money for the testing of evidence from sexual assaults or other sex crimes. By early 2018, the … Continue reading

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