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A Democratic lawmaker has launched the new bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives.
Moody says state lawmakers didn’t get enough criminal justice bills across the finish line during this year’s legislative session – including legislation addressing capital punishment.
“The United States Supreme Court has twice said that we are not doing things right; we are operating an unconstitutional system when it comes to individuals who have intellectual, development disabilities and executing them, and that is something that should be a no-brainer to do, but we can’t seem to get it done,” Moody said.
Moody says the group of lawmakers will also tackle issues including drug policy, prison conditions and asset forfeiture. He describes the overall approach he plans to take:
“I think the goal in creating a good, strong, fair criminal justice system is finding the place at which justice and mercy intersect. That is the goal that I am going to have any time I look at a bill that deals with criminal justice,” he said.
Aside from Moody and Leach, there are 10 other founding members of the Criminal Justice Reform Caucus: five Democrats and five Republicans.
San Antonio officials recently agreed to delay the city’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance until December after speaking with the attorneys who are challenging it in court. It was supposed to take effect August 1.
This past Friday, city attorneys announced they agreed to the delay with lawyers for several business groups who sued against the ordinance.
Deputy City Attorney Ed Guzman said in a statement the delay would allow for more time to refine the ordinance. Joleen Garcia is with the Texas Organizing Project. TOP is one of the organizations who gathered enough signatures to create the ordinance. it filed an intervention asking the ordinance to go forward on August 1.
“We do not agree with any backroom deal that is done with the business community.’” Garcia says.
Also on Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an intervention siding with the business groups. A similar ordinance in Austin was struck down by an appeals court and is awaiting a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court.
Today, Bexar County judge Monique Diaz denied a request to delay the implementation of San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance.
Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro says the governor of Puerto Rico needs to step down.
Castro was one of the first Democratic presidential candidates to call for Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign, after messages between the governor and his staff were leaked. As NPR reports, the messages were widely condemned as homophobic and misogynistic.
“He may think this is some sort of stop gap measure to say that he’s not going to run for reelection — that that might suffice, but he’s wrong,” Castro says.
“This governor and his failures have seemed to unite the people of Puerto Rico more than I think anything we’ve seen in a long time. This is a mistake for Governor Rosselló to say he’s not going to step down.” 2020 candidate @JulianCastro. pic.twitter.com/wfMx3gNQnK
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) July 21, 2019