During a 12 hour session by the Texas House last Thursday, state representative Kyle Kacal says he was able to be a part of two amendments to appropriations bills.
Kacal considered an amendment he made as a big win for the safety of DPS Troopers.
“With all the bad luck we have had with our DPS officers in House District 12, we were able to work with the Governor’s Office, and he pulled it out of his budget, to fund a $14 million bulletproof windshield initiative,” said Kacal.
DPS Trooper Stephen Woodard, who spoke on Let’s Talk Traffic on our station this week, says that with the shootings of Trooper Tovar and Walker recently, the idea was already in motion.
“We have tested a bulletproof windshield. According to my source…it was somewhere around four or five thousand dollars per vehicle. They are going to test several different types of windshields. It just depends on what we want to go with and…the monetary piece,” said Woodard.
In addition to the windshield initiative, Kacal said he joined fellow Brazos Valley representative Trent Ashby to add 128 million dollars in funding for rural hospitals, which he says will help struggling hospitals in Marlin and Groesbeck.