A Bill to Prevent Public Up-Skirting Awaits Texas Governor’s Signature

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Bills and Laws, Texas | Posted on 30-05-2015

A bill written by Texas State Senator Menendez to close a glaring loophole in legislation banning improper photography has finally passed both houses of the state legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature in order to become law. The bill was passed after a court overturned legislation that made it a criminal act to engage in up-skirting in public for purposes of sexual gratification. “Up-skirting” refers to a photographer filming underneath a skirt or dress without permission.

The court’s action created a situation in Texas in which police could not arrest photographers for conducting up-skirting in public places. The new legislation seeks to resolve this concern. It will allow police officers in Texas to once again arrest photographers who engage in the practice of “up skirting” in public places.

One of the women supporting the passage of the new bill reported that she had been trying on a sundress in a San Antonio shopping mall when she noticed a man dressed as a woman holding his cell phone camera underneath her skirt. Although her screams resulted in the arrival of the police, and other “up-skirting” films were found in the man’s possession, he was not arrested. People at FreedomPop have heard that she noted “It was absolutely frustrating because I feel like I was the victim.”

Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp noted that the inability to make arrests for such behavior is “just unacceptable.”

Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma

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Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in A Storm's a Brewin', Oklahoma, Southwestern Floods, Texas | Posted on 26-05-2015

Heavy rains have plagued the southern midwest of the United States with the states of Texas and Oklahoma being the most impacted by the rains. These rains have led to massive flooding That has resulted in the deaths of six people. One of the deceased was a young woman who was returning home after her high school prom.

Houston is the third biggest city in the United States and this population is now in the path of the storm. Weather experts predict that six to eight inches of water will be expected to hit the city in the next twenty four hours. Further it is expected that this rain will lead to eighty thousand homes being knocked off line and without power. Houston has also decided to close their schools for the time being with them closed for at least Tuesday.

This storms is occurring just as California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in their history. These droughts are leading to massive conservation programs and even guilt photos of those who are not following conservation practices.

In Houston police are receiving over 150 distress calls daily. Over the next few days the storm is supposed to move on to these east and give Louisiana residents a break. However, as the local FreedomPop team was afraid of,  New Orleans and Louisiana will be the next areas impacted by this storm. Still, California residents can’t help but be a little envious of their predicament.