Governor Greg Abbott today announced an effort to strengthen penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement officers – the Police Protection Act. “At a time when law enforcement officers increasingly come under assault simply because of the job they hold, Texas must send a resolute message that the State will stand by the men and women who serve and protect our communities,” said Governor Abbott.

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By Lillie Ruby

Similar to a 2014 Waller County situation where three officials, County Judge Glenn Beckendorff, Commissioner Precinct 2 Frank Pokluda and Commissioner Precinct 4 Stan Kitzman were found guilty during a civil trial of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act, a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted three members of the County’s Commissioners Court along with a political consultant Marc Davenport (the husband of County Treasurer Stephanie Davenport) for violating TOMA, the Texas Open Meetings Act.

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By Lillie Ruby

Justice Michael Massengale has denied the appeal of former Waller County Judge Glenn Beckendorff and former Commissioners Stanley Kitzman and Frank Pokluda in the First District Court of Appeals (NO. 01-15-00523-CV). The three former officials were appealing the settlement by Waller County of a civil suit The suit that was filed by the City of Hempstead and the Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead. During the December 2014 trial to determine the outcome of the civil lawsuit Beckendorff, Kitzman and Pokluda were found guilty on December 18 by a 11-1 Jury decision of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act.

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