Ottawa - A peace ceremony is being held for Peace River First Nation on Monday evening.It's the first time this year that the community has had a public celebration for the river.The First Nation and the Ottawa District School Board have agreed to hold the event to mark the end of school for a special day for the people.The event is being hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton School Board.The ceremony is ...
More than a year ago, in April 2018, a bill that would have put an end to federal law enforcement’s drug war passed the Texas House.
The measure would have created a task force that would investigate the origins and effects of the drug war and set a plan to end it.
Now, the task force is preparing to present its findings to Gov.
Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign the bill into law.
The bill would also create a taskforce for the Department of Public Safety to review the drug arrests and convictions of drug offenders and to report back to the Legislature on the state’s drug policy and treatment programs.
The bill would give the taskforce the authority to investigate any drug case in the state, including those that involve the use of illegal drugs.
That means that the task-force could review the cases of people caught with drugs and weapons in Texas, including cases of possession, manufacture and sale of illegal substances.
It also allows the task group to release its report to the governor within a certain period of time.
The task force would have the authority over the investigation of drug charges, but it could only hold the cases for three years.
The bill has already passed both the House and Senate, and the task team is scheduled to submit its findings at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week.
But the bill has a significant roadblock in the House, where Republicans have blocked the bill’s adoption.
Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from San Antonio, said the bill could be used to target people with nonviolent drug convictions.
“We have a lot of nonviolent drug offenders that are incarcerated, we have a problem with incarceration and our prisons are overcrowded and we have an epidemic of drug use,” Brady said.
“And we don’t have a good plan for dealing with the problem of drug addiction.”
But others argue that the bill will have a major impact on the lives of people with drug convictions and that the governor should support it.
“The task force needs to do a thorough and objective review of the history and evidence surrounding the drug laws that the federal government is using to enforce drug prohibition,” said former Rep. Jeff Duncan, who has worked with the task forces.
“It is time for the governor to support a comprehensive drug policy that addresses the root causes of the problem.”
Read more about the bill here: http://www.al.com/news/politics/politics-government/texas-house-approves-bill-that-would-end-the-war-on-drugs-in-texas/d8d8db5d-2d5f-11e5-9b0d-b8dcaa8a7c4f/