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Hearing on HB567

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • The bill is HB 567 by White
  • The hearing starts on Tuesday, March 21st at 8 AM in the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees at the Texas Capitol.
  • You can park for FREE at the capitol parking. The entrance to the parking garage is off E 12th St or E 13th street. Exit is onto San Jacinto Blvd.
  • You can register at any tablet kiosk in the Capitol extension. It should take about ten minutes. For help completing this process, follow this link: https://www.mytxlegis.legis.state.tx.us/hwrspublic/about.aspx
What does this bill do?
HB 567 requires a citation instead of an arrest for non-jailable violations, with exceptions for alcohol-related offenses.
  • HB 567 will end an epidemic of arrests for fine only charges where thousands of Texans are arrested on minor, non-jailable infractions each year. This is a huge and unnecessary burden on taxpayers and does not make us any safer.
  • Texas is not alone in this fight either. Other states, such as Ohio, Maryland, and Kentucky have already placed limits on non-jailable offenses.
  • Currently, if a driver refuses to an officer’s request for consent to a search of the car, and the officer has no evidence of any crime beyond the traffic offense, officers can arrest for the traffic violation then search “incident to arrest.” The current practice makes a mockery of the 4th Amendment. HB567 would help to end the current practice.