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Harris County Commissioners Court
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy Harris County
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Harris County Commissioners Court today held a discussion but took no action regarding a joint lawsuit in response to Texas Senate Bill 4.

The item died for lack of a second on the motion made by Rodney Ellis. News Release

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB4, commonly known as the Texas Sanctuary Cities Bill, into law in May. The law, which will go into effect on September 1, 2017, prohibits adopting, enforcing or endorsing a policy or a practice that would prohibit or materially limit the enforcement of immigration laws.

Commissioner Jack Morman said the county joining the suit would set a dangerous precedent.

Earlier in the meeting, Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia, Texas State Representative Armando Walle, Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos and several residents addressed the commissioners court. A woman was escorted out of the room after engaging in a heated exchange with County Judge Ed Emmett. Listen (20:42)

The commissioners court voted unanimously to support the UTHealth Continuum of Care Expansion Plan and encourage the inclusion of the $125 million plan in recommendations to the governor and the Legislative Budget Board.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to renew and amend an agreement with Greater Houston Healthconnect for non-emergency transportation services for certain individuals who are elderly, disabled, or low-income and have no alternate transportation.

The commissioners court voted 4-0-1, with Steve Radack abstaining, to approve sole source exemptions from the competitive bid requirements for Phonoscope, Inc.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to honor the following:

  • Cheryl Coker for more than 21 years of service
  • Roy Allen Broussard for 25 years of service
  • Harris County-Houston Sports Authority for being honored as the 2017 Sports Commission of the Year

All other agenda items, with minor exceptions, were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda

The commissioners court adjourned the meeting in memory of Houston radio host Matt Patrick, who passed away on Sunday.

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