Texas AFL-CIO Praises Consensus Police Reform Votes

The Texas AFL-CIO today praised Texas House votes to advance three reform bills that address the deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of police.

  The United Labor Legislative Committee, the state labor federation’s lobbying arm in Texas, endorsed the three measures by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, that moved forward today: HB 829 (progressive disciplinary matrix in certain municipalities); HB 830 (practices regarding fine-only misdemeanors); and HB 834 (corroboration requirements in undercover drug cases).

  “The House’s bipartisan support for first steps in police reform couples with the Senate’s bipartisan support for three bills that address key duties of police and limits on use of chokeholds,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We commend the Legislature on these votes and salute Rep. Thompson, along with Sens. Royce West and Borris Miles, for leading on long-overdue measures to protect all Texans, but particularly Black Texans and other persons of color, when they encounter law enforcement.”

  “The House and Senate should come together to move all these bills to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. No Texan should ever face the prospect of dying at the hands of police when deadly force is unnecessary.”