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  • Innovation, not immunity

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Today, Texas Watch submitted written testimony against SB 2205, which immunizes manufacturers and developers of autonomous vehicles in certain cases. We believe that the Texas Legislature should fight for innovation, not immunity. Read the full testimony below:

  • Press Release: Bill that lets cheating landlords off the hook passes Senate

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Today, the Texas Senate passed SB 873, which lets cheating landlords off the hook. Currently, when tenants are overcharged on their water bill, residents can band together to hold their landlord accountable in court. But, the proposed legislation breaks up these claims, forcing tenant disputes into a bureaucratic process run by the Public Utility Commission that few, if any, will access.

  • School Bus Safety Bill Passes Out of Senate Committee

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Yesterday, SB 693, which would require school districts to ensure that new school buses are equipped with three-point seat belts, was passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Transportation. SB 693 by Sen. Garcia is common-sense safety legislation acting on what Texans already know to be true: seat belts save lives.

  • Press Release: New Report Details Texas' Tragic Experience with Medical Malpractice Laws

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Ware Wendell, Executive Director of Texas Watch, a non-partisan citizen advocacy organization that has sought to protect patients and preserve access to justice since 1998, released the following statement regarding the organization’s latest report on Texas' harsh medical malpractice laws:

  • Eliminate Phantom Policies: Tell Your State Rep to Support HB 915

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Phantom policies are haunting Texas roads. HB 915 will remove these dangerous junk policies and it's critical that your legislator hears your voice. Take these few simple steps below to call your Texas State Representative in support of HB 915 by Representative Ed Thompson:

    1) Look up who represents you at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/

    2) Input your address and press "Find Rep"

  • A Trio of Bad Bills

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    A trio of bad bills have been filed, jeopardizing the injured, their rights within our civil justice system, and public safety. Texans expect our courts to protect them and hold parties accountable when there are injustices done to them. But, HB 2300, HB 2301, and HB 2269 put arbitrary limits on justice.