Julian Aguilar
The Texas Tribune
May 25, 2011

Legislation that would grant the state authority to erect southbound checkpoints near the Texas-Mexico border was successfully revived today after lawmakers attached it as an amendment to a bill concerning record sharing by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

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If the amendment to HB 2357 sticks, it would grant the Texas DPS authority to create the checkpoints 250 yards away from the state’s border with Mexico to search for weapons, drugs or bulk cash. HB 2357, by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, is a bill that seeks to modernize records sharing, registration and title transaction practices by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, is the bill’s sponsor in the Senate.

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