Solution Saturday: Protecting Civil Liberties
Last summer I was approached by constituents who felt their civil liberties were being infringed upon by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) because they were forcing law-abiding citizens to give a full set of fingerprints for driver's license renewal. After review, it was clear that the agency did not have the statutory authority to do this.
After several discussions with DPS, they announced in February of 2015 they would no longer collect ten fingerprints. During the recent legislative session, I carried HB 1888 which included language requiring DPS to delete all fingerprints collected in a manner that did not comply with state law. On December 1, 2015, DPS confirmed that approximately 1.9 million full sets of prints, taken without statutory approval, were permanently deleted.
For my efforts to reverse this practice, I am very proud to have been named to the Watchdog Hall of Fame!
As your state senator, I will continue to fight to ensure the laws of our state are a reflection of the people's will and not overzealous rule-making by agencies.
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