Capitol Update: Two Steps Forward

February 10, 2017

Dear Friends,

The Texas Senate passed two important pieces of legislation this week. Without a doubt, each is a significant step forward for good governance. Here’s a little bit about what each bill does:

SB 4 – Eliminating Sanctuary Cities

  • Requires state and local law enforcement departments to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers issued on arrested persons
  • Cuts off state grant funds to any city or county that violates that law
  • Allows any Texas citizen to file a complaint with the Attorney General if they have evidence of unlawful “sanctuary” policies

SB 14 – Comprehensive Ethics Reform

  • Removes felon politicians from office and cuts off their state-funded pension
  • Increases reporting requirements for lobbyist wining and dining
  • Creates a 2-year cooling off period before a legislator can become a lobbyist,
    a.k.a “revolving door reform”

Sen. Hancock joined Governor Greg Abbott for a live teletownhall after his State of the State Address last week. In that speech, the Governor declared a sanctuary cities ban and ethics reform emergency items for the 85th Legislature.

Having passed the Senate, these bills are headed to the House before they can become state law. If you’re interested in reading the text of the legislation or looking up who represents you in the House so you can share your support for these common sense reforms, Texas Legislature Online should be a helpful resource. Thank you for your engagement in the legislative process.


Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9

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