Updates from the Capitol and the Campaign
AUSTIN -- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced this week that the Peace Officer Loan Assistance Repayment Program will officially launch in September for recently appointed officers with student loan debt. Last year, I authored SB 16 with Sen. Kelly Hancock to create this program as a recruitment tool for law enforcement departments around the state. This program is coming online at a crucial time when young Texans who are graduating from college may be considering a career in law enforcement.
Here are more details about the program from the THECB announcement:
In June 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law SB 16 (86th Texas Legislature) authorizing the Peace Officer Loan Repayment Assistance Program (POLRAP) to provide an incentive for Texans to pursue law enforcement careers and remain on the job to help pay off their student loan debt.
The legislation defines “peace officer” in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which describes 35 distinct positions and roles. To be eligible to apply for loan repayment assistance through POLRAP, an...more
June 9, 2020 4pm
AUSTIN -- State Representative Lynn Stucky issued the following statement today in response to rising calls for defunding of police departments across the country, including in House District 64:
“As a veterinarian, I look at this tragedy from a care perspective. I do not support defunding police departments; that would be akin to accepting the fate of a diagnosis and quitting without any treatments.
I fully support communities working with police departments, local leaders, and the many citizens to re-evaluate and restructure how departments operate and protocols for force. I also support communities taking action to drive out drug use, encourage more young people to pursue public service, and using tax dollars for programs that will take away some of the responsibilities heaped on peace officers.
Tearing down the system will only create more problems. We need to work together to make our justice system work for us.”
June 5, 2020 3pm
AUSTIN -- Texas State Representative Lynn Stucky joined his Republican colleagues in the Texas House today in condemning the comments made by the Bexar GOP Chair. Here is that joint response:
“George Floyd’s death was a tragic injustice that left an indelible wound on our nation’s history, and the conversation it has sparked about racism and inequality in America deserves to be met with compassion, understanding, and respect for all Americans. Cynthia Brehm’s comments — riddled with conspiracies and misinformation — only serve to stoke political fires and create further division, neither of which belong in public discourse or the Republican Party. The House Republican Caucus strongly condemns Brehm’s remarks for being both inappropriate and wholly incompatible with the values of our organization, and we join the Republican Party of Texas, Governor Abbott, Speaker Bonnen, and other state leaders in calling for her immediate resignation as Chair of the Bexar County Republican Party.”
June 1, 2020 5pm
DENTON -- State Representative Lynn Stucky issued the following statement today in response to the incidents taking place in Minnesota:
"I am deeply saddened by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Minnesota and hope those responsible for the murder of George Floyd are brought to justice in a swift and unbiased manner.
"I support the rights of all citizens to communicate their messages through peaceful protests and urge everyone to be safe as you make your voices heard. It is imperative that there be no more loss of life or damage to property. Listening to the community and to my constituents during these troubling times is my highest priority."
May 12, 2020 7pm
DENTON -- Texas State Representative Lynn Stucky today issued the following statement after learning about the passing of local leader Gene Gumfory:
"We lost a pillar of the community today. Gene Gumfory’s passing is a tragic loss. He contributed so much that the impact of his legacy will live on for years. Earlier this year, one of my staffers and I took a trip to Shiloh Field.
"Gene built a community garden into a sustainable source of fresh food for local food banks and shelters. Gene went to great lengths to serve his neighbors and fellow North Texans. Our prayers are with his family and everyone mourning his passing. Rest easy, thy faithful servant."