Bills passed in support of law enforcement may benefit local officers
EL PASO, Texas —
The focus of bills passed Monday by the Texas Legislature is make sure everyone in uniform knows that the Texas Senate put them first, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said.
El Paso police Officer David Ortiz was killed a year ago in a motorcycle accident on Lee Trevino.
The bills passed this week are intended to protect and honor people like Ortiz and their families, Patrick said.
The Laredo Times reported that SB 12 will create a grant program to help local police and sheriff's departments pay for upgraded body armor to better protect officers from high-caliber rifle bullets.
A total of $25 million has been set aside in the state budget to pay for the program.
SB 1138 would place in statute a blue alert program to notify the public when a person suspected of killing or injuring police officers is on the loose.
People would receive notices on their cellphones, like Amber alerts.
SJR 1 and SB 15 would exempt the spouses of first-responders who die in the line of duty from property taxes.
All bills received unanimous support.