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Texas House Passes Bill to Equip Officers with Bulletproof Vests

A bill aimed to equip Texas police officers with bulletproof vests passed the Texas House of Representatives today.

Senate Bill 12 would create a fund of about $25 million to help equip 50,000 police officers with bulletproof vests that could withstand rounds from high caliber firearms. The bill authored by State Senator Royce West is a response to the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers, according to Representative Phil King.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told the Texas Tribune that the state plans to look for other methods to fund the vests as they expire.

The bill passed by a margin of 140-1. Local representatives Four Price and John Smithee both voted in favor of the bill.

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