Capitol Report: Rep. Johnson in the News, Bills Pass Out of House & More

Posted by Troy Williams on May 16, 2017 at 3:59 PM

It is hard to believe that we are less than two weeks away from the end of the 85th Texas Legislature, or sine die.  Below are some important updates from last week:

Statement on Voter Fraud in West Dallas

Below is my joint statement with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in response to the suspected voter fraud in West Dallas.  For more information on the situation in West Dallas, read these articles from the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Observer.  


Bipartisan Legislation to End Mail-In Vote Theft

Given the suspected voter fraud in West Dallas, I have joint authored legislation to curb mail-in vote theft.  Candidates should win elections with superior ideas and hard work, not by defrauding senior citizens and stealing their votes.  Learn more about the legislation in these articles in the Texas Tribune and the Dallas Morning News.

Texas House Passes HB 674 

The Texas House passed out my House Bill 674 unanimously last week.  The bill would ban out-of-school suspensions for kids in second grade and below.  Children should be kept in school and disciplined in a way that actually corrects behavior.  You can read more about House Bill 674 in these articles from the Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, and the Dallas Observer.

Freedom Caucus Kills HB 2480

Last week, House Bill 2480, which would have protected West Dallas residents from involuntary displacement, was knocked off the list for consideration by five legislators in a coordinated effort by the House Freedom Caucus that resulted in the killing of more than 100 bills.  Read this article in D Magazine for more information regarding the housing crisis in West Dallas.  The Texas Tribune published an article that explains exactly what happened to House Bill 2480.  

House Bill 245 Passes Out of the Texas House

The Texas House passed my House Bill 245, relating to the mandatory reporting of peace officer injuries and deaths and officer-involved shootings to the Texas Attorney General, by a vote of 112-21, after it failed by one vote on the House floor two days prior.  Read more about House Bill 245 in the Dallas Observer, the Texas Tribune, and the Austin American Statesman.  


Dallas & The Legislature: A Recap of the 85th Texas Legislature

I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in The Texas Tribune's Dallas & The Legislature: A Recap of the 85th Session on June 2, 2017.  The event is part of a series of events focusing on the major policy debates of the 85th Texas Legislature and what they mean for the state’s largest cities and surrounding communities.  Attend in person or via livestream as I discuss a series of important topics with my fellow Dallas-Fort Worth area legislators.


Stay tuned for more updates next week!