Kelsey Jukam

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Politics

House Divided Over Cop-Blocking Open Carry Provision

If added to the open carry bill, the "Dutton amendment" would ban police officers from stopping someone solely because they're openly carrying a handgun. This would help prevent racial profiling, and people of color from being harassed by law enforcement. Read More

Criminal Justice

Execution Drugs to be State Secret Under Legislation Headed to Governor

Proponents of a bill shielding execution drug manufacturers from public scrutiny rely on flimsy “threats” as justification

Manufacturers of execution drugs will be shielded from public scrutiny, helping to keep Texas’ capital punishment machine in working order, under a bill headed to the governor’s office. Read More

Criminal Justice

Lawmakers Could Slow Spread of Video-Only Jail Visitations

Prison phone service companies like Secures Technologies have found a new way to profit from their captive audience through video visitation systems. This new trend is concerning to some lawmakers trying to preserve in-person visits in counties where many have been eliminated. Read More

Politics

West, Texas Blues

Two years after the West fertilizer plant disaster, few ammonium nitrate facilities have made critical changes.

Two years after the West fertilizer plant disaster, few ammonium nitrate facilities have made critical changes. Read More

Three-term Democrat Ron Reynolds is running for reelection for state representative. He's currently appealing a five-count misdemeanor conviction for barratry, or ambulance chasing.
Criminal Justice

Lawmakers Push for Police Body Cameras

As the shooting of Walter Scott dominated national headlines this week, Texas lawmakers discussed legislation aimed at making police officers think twice before using excessive force. In a House committee hearing on Thursday, state Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) laid … Read More

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