Texas Body Camera Committee Hearing

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Texas Body Camera Committee Hearing says
The Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement Committee will meet on Thursday April 9, 2015 and several bills related to body cameras are on the agenda. Although body cameras will not solve every issue as it relates to public safety and law enforcement, it is an important and needed step in the right direction.

I spoke to Governor Abbott’s office about a month ago regarding body cameras. His staff indicated that the Governor is still in support of body cameras and is maintaining contact with Senator Royce West’s office that is organizing several work groups. (http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2014/12/23/lawmakers-file-police-body-camera-bills-ahead-of-session/20824643/). Hopefully, the two political parties can work together to get this done this session.

There are several nuances to consider in drafting this sort of legislation and a full conversation should take place on this issue. However, I believe that the time for that conversation is now and we all should aggressively pursue passage of required body cameras. Increased transparency is a key element in moving forward on this issue.

When: Thursday April 9, 2015
Where: Texas Capitol. Room E2.030.
**Time: To Be Determined. Likely around Noon. Based on the fact this hearing will take place upon final adjournment/recess of the Texas House, there is no set time at this moment of when the hearing will take place.

Important information
1. Committee Hearing Notice Including Bills To Be Heard: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/schedules/html/C2452015040900001.htm

2. Committee Members: http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=245

3. Instructions on Testifying:

I will provide more information as we get closer to Thursday regarding tips to speaking before the legislature, helping with contacting the committee members prior to the meeting, and the actual time of the committee hearing.
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