Texas House of Representatives Kills Several Crucial Senate Bills, Including SB 1318 for “Felons Possessing Firearms” Bail Reform, Failing to Vote

Texas House of Representatives Kills Several Crucial Senate Bills, Including SB 1318 for “Felons Possessing Firearms” Bail Reform, Failing to Vote

HOUSTON, Texas — On Tuesday night, the Texas House of Representatives failed to vote on several Senate priority bills, killing resident hopes for crucial public safety reforms. The bills which died included bail, immigration, judges and school safety proposals.

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have disagreed for several years on matters like property taxes and public-school policies, but the disparity among the two chambers has become increasingly brutal.

House Democrats fought the bills with technical and stalling procedures, and “RINO” Republicans postponed bills past the midnight deadline to pass Senate legislation. One murdered bill was an immigration reform which would have made it a crime to enter the country’s Texas border outside of a designated port of entry.

Another bill the House failed to vote on was SB 1318, a safety bill which would have put an end to personal recognizance (PR) bonds for felons possessing firearms (FPW-Gun), and expanded the circumstances by which a judge can deny bail.

Countless Texans are angered by the House of Representatives for allowing these bills to die, dealing a devastating blow to basic public safety.

“Someone needs to explain to the people of Texas why a bi-partisan supported Bill, which would have eliminated defendants charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Prohibited Weapons, like Machine Guns, from being released on PR Bonds. Explain why the House failed to vote,” Andy Kahan, Victim Services and Advocacy Director for Crime Stoppers of Houston wrote in a tweet.

“Now I know what a boxer feels like when they get sucker punched. Not a good day for those who fought so hard to enhance public safety and eliminate defendants charged with FPW-GUN from being released back to the community on PR Bonds. We should all be outraged,” Kahan tweeted.

Lawmakers, police officers, senators and judges spent years warring to bring these bills to the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday, only to have their aspirations for a better and safer state obliterated. We’ll see when, and if, these measures ever make it back to the floor.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.