- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A bill on its way to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk requires private campus police to release certain records to the public.

The House on Tuesday endorsed a proposal already passed by the Senate. It designates private college police as governmental entities, and thus subject to public records laws.

The bill’s sponsor, Houston Democratic Sen. John Whitmire, said he filed it after Rice University declined to release information about an incident in 2013. That’s when police used batons to hit a suspected bicycle thief who they claim resisted arrest.

According to the Student Press Law Center, Texas would become the fourth state to require that private campus police disclose the facts and circumstances of crimes reported to them - should Abbott sign the bill into law.



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