FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/18/2015
Rep. Blanco Votes to Protect El Paso's Economic Interests, Opposes House Border Bill
Austin, TX: Representative César J. Blanco today fought to protect the economic interests of El Paso by voting against the House border bill - HB 11 - which could unfairly single-out border communities and hurt business.
"Economic development is crucial to the success of El Paso," said Rep. Blanco. "The City of El Paso consistently ranks as having the lowest crime rate among large cities. The proposed border law sends the wrong message about our region and could hurt economic development and our ability to attract business and investment."
HB 11 includes the creation of the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center which would serve as a repository of information on criminal activity only in border counties. That information would then be made available to all law enforcement agencies in Texas.
Rep. Blanco offered an amendment to HB 11 to prevent border counties from being unfairly singled-out in reporting crime statistics. Rep. Blanco's amendment would require all counties - instead of just border counties - to report criminal activity to the newly created Texas Transnational Intelligence Center. The types of crimes that would be reported to the Center are not specified or limited
"If the intent of the law is to make the state safer, then all law enforcement agencies, not just those in border counties, should be required to report crime data to this center." added Rep. Blanco.
Unfortunately, Rep. Blanco's amendment was not adopted.