A project 10-plus years in the making reached a milestone April 30 as officials broke ground to mark the ceremonial start of construction on a new county jail. The 56,000-square-foot law enforcement center will include 112 inmate beds, offices for sheriff’s staff, a centrally located communications center, and more work space than is available in the existing county … [Read more...] about Lampasas County Breaks Ground on $18 Million Jail
Communicating the Cost of County Government Unfunded Mandates Survey Editor’s Note: This survey report was released last year as a communication tool to help explain the cost of unfunded and underfunded mandates on property taxpayers. In the coming months, counties will be contacted and survey data will be updated in preparation for the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature, … [Read more...] about Communicating the Cost of County Government
The presiding officers of both the House and the Senate have now released their full list of interim charges. The Texas Legislature meets in regular session in odd-numbered years beginning the second Tuesday in January and runs for 140 days. At the conclusion of each session, the presiding officers of the House and the Senate assign interim charges, or topics of study, to … [Read more...] about Lt. Gov. Patrick Releases Senate Interim Charges
By Julie Anderson Editor On June 15, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1849, known as the Sandra Bland Act, into law. That same day, USA Today published an opinion piece saying the new Texas law “sets an example for rest of the nation.” The article, authored by Nick Selby, a Dallas-area police detective, and Colt Remington, a certified Texas mental health peace officer, … [Read more...] about Senate Bill 1849 Breaking Down the Sandra Bland Act – 85th Legislature
Should Texas Raise the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility? By Kellie A. Dworaczyk House Research Organization Focus Report Number 84-11 Part One of the latest House Focus Report ran in our December 2016 issue and covered the adult criminal justice system, the juvenile criminal justice system, proposed legislation, and debate on raising the age. Part Two … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Should Texas Raise the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility?