I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk about the federal redistricting ruling, prison based gerrymandering, and statewide texting while driving ban with Jason Whitely on WFAA's Inside Texas Politics. Watch my interview here.
I released a statement in response to the recent ruling on Texas' 2011 congressional redistricting. I also sent a letter to Representative Cindy Burkett, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Redistricting, regarding the committee's need to better understand the implications of the ruling. We owe it to the voters who elected us to do everything in our power to address the Court’s concerns.
House Bill 62 passed in the House with an important amendment that I filed, specifying texting while driving as a fine only offense. This amendment is an important first step in preventing unnecessary arrests for these offenses. Take a look at my interview on FOX4's Good Day with Tim Ryan as we discuss this important amendment. Watch my interview here.
Representative Johnson sent a letter to Representative Cindy Burkett, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Redistricting, regarding the committee's need to better understand the implications of the ruling.
Read more in this Fort Worth Star-Telegram article
The deadline to file bills has passed, and the Texas House filed more than 4,200 bills, many of which were filed on Friday's bill-filing deadline. As I prepare for a week full of committee hearings, I would like to provide you with a few updates from last week to keep you informed on what is happening in the Legislature.
Representative Johnson interviewed with NBC5's Lone Star Politics discussing his bill, HB 2480, to combat involuntary displacement of longtime residents in West Dallas.
The Associated Press discussed Representative Johnson's push to "put some teeth" into Texas' statute after learning that up to a dozen fatal shootings hadn't been reported since the law went into effect in 2015. He's also trying to create a web portal that would make it easier for law enforcement to report crime data, including officer-involved shootings.
Representative Johnson wrote a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos requesting that he share all evidence of voter fraud in Texas during the 2016 presidential election. Since the Trump administration and Texas Governor Greg Abbott insist on making unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud, we need to see the facts. The public deserves to see the evidence which supports these allegations, if it exists.
Read more about his letter in this Dallas Morning News article.
As we officially kick off the third month of the 85th Texas Legislature, bill preparation is fully underway and the bill filing deadline is quickly approaching. Here are some highlights from last week.
The 85th Texas Legislature is in full swing with committee meetings and bill preparation underway. It is hard to believe that it is already the seventh week and that we are nearly one-third of the way done with the legislative session. Here is some useful information and key moments from last week.