Representative Eric Johnson filed five important pieces of legislation including 2 key employment bills: House Bill 225, prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in the State of Texas and House Bill 290, that would prohibit pay discrimination for comparable work based on gender and would prohibit employers from requiring an applicant to provide their salary history.
“When an entire class of citizens starts off at a lower pay due to the evident discrimination, by requiring them to provide their salary history, the inequity perpetuates, with the group unable to ever catch up,” said Representative Johnson.
He has additionally filed 3 crucial public safety bills including House Bill 291, which would allow the City of Dallas to opt out of the open carry bill from the 84th Texas Legislature and House Bill 235, which would establish a grant program for law enforcement agencies that comply with police shooting reporting requirements that were mandated by Representative Johnson’s House Bill 1036 from the 84th Texas Legislature.
Texas Police Shooting Reporting
The final public safety piece of legislation Representative Johnson filed is House Bill 245, which would create an enforcement mechanism for the police shooting reporting bill to ensure that all law enforcement agencies report instances of officer-involved shootings or else lose their Criminal Justice Division grants that are administered by the Governor’s Office for one full year.
“Without an enforcement mechanism, some law enforcement agencies are failing to comply with the reporting requirements, leaving the data we have obtained thus far on police shootings in Texas incomplete. This penalty is a necessary tool to ensure Texas can lead the nation in transparency in policing,” said Representative Johnson.