HPD Chief Hurtt's Position on Legislative Issues
February 22, 2005 -- Houston
Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt, in conjunction with the Chiefs of
Police of Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth and San Antonio,
has taken official positions concerning legislative initiatives.
These initiatives are critical to the unique needs of law enforcement
in large urban areas.
The six legislative issues Chief Hurtt supports
* Regional DNA Crime Labs
* A reduction in the number of free false burglar alarms from
five to two
* Increasing the penalty for burglary of a motor vehicle to a
state jail felony
* County wide traffic jurisdiction for municipal police officers
* Prohibiting concealed weapons permit holders from carrying firearms
in police stations
* Modification of the collections of racial profiling data to
enhance the benefits that racial profiling data provides to the
community. It is believed that both the public and police agencies
will benefit from the proposed changes.
The two legislative issues Chief Hurtt opposes
* Prevention of cities from using photographic
red light enforcement (House Bill 259 and House Bill 665).
* Pawn shop legislation, House Bill 635, which limits the law
enforcement officers ability to access electronically submitted
pawn ticket information.
Chief Hurtt feels strongly about addressing the
above issues in order to continue to provide citizens with the
very best public safety possible.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.