Although both HB 905 (knife preemption) and HB 3884 (decriminalization of "illegal knives") passed unanimously in the House, Chairman John Whitmire (D-Houston) is refusing to give them a hearing in the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.
Please call Senator Whitmire's office (512-463-0115), and politely ask that these two bipartisan* bills, which passed the House unanimously, receive a committee hearing as soon as possible.
Please also call the office of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (512-463-0001), and voice your displeasure that the chairman of the committee to which he assigned these universally popular bills is refusing to schedule either bill for a hearing.
*HB 905 has three Republican authors and two Democratic authors. HB 3884 has a Democratic author but wide support from both parties. In the House, both bills had unanimous support in committee and on the floor. National publications like Bloomberg magazine and The Christian Science Monitor have pointed to these bills as part of a larger civil rights battle to prevent the type of discriminatory enforcement of vague knife laws that led to the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
Last edited by Bladed; 05-21-2015 at 01:14 PM. Reason: I wrote "Boston" when I meant "Baltimore."
Today, Chairman Whitmire gave HB 3884 a committee hearing AND sponsored the bill. It passed out of committee on unanimous vote and was recommended for Local & Uncontested.