Texas House Passes Bill to Outfit Officers With Bulletproof Vests


The Texas House on Tuesday gave an initial OK to a Senate bill that would supply officers on patrol across the state with bulletproof vests. The lower chamber has to take one more vote on the measure before it hits the governor's desk.

Senate Bill 12, by state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, would create and fund a bulletproof vest grant program to outfit approximately 50,000 officers statewide with vests that can withstand rounds from high-caliber firearms. The vests would cost the state about $25 million.

State lawmakers this session have prioritized legislation supportive of law enforcement, especially after the 2016 Dallas police ambush that left six dead and many more injured.

Bills that would eliminate property taxes for spouses of fallen officers and extend financial assistance for survivors have also received high-profile consideration this session.

Read more coverage of the bulletproof vests bill:

  • The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee approved the bill in April.
  • Dan Patrick announced in October that he wants Texas to buy rifle-resistant vests for all patrol officers in the state.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/16/texas-house-bulletproof-vests/.


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