Houston Matters

Full Show: Municipal IDs Under SB 4, And State vs. Local Government (Aug. 22, 2017)

Houston Matters discusses the future of municipal ID programs under the new so-called “sanctuary cities” law. We debate whether Houstonians are happier with their city government or their state government. We take a look at hate crimes in Greater Houston. And a Texas prisoner responds to allegations that he’s a serial killer.

On Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: El Paso’s City Council has voted against creating a municipal ID card program. Why? The city’s mayor — who voted against it — says he didn’t want El Paso to be perceived as a sanctuary city. Municipal IDs are local ID cards issued by cities that could be used by a range of people, including those who are in this country illegally.

With the El Paso decision in mind — and with the state’s so-called “sanctuary cities” bill (SB 4) set to go into effect Sept. 1 — what’s the future of municipal ID programs in Houston and across Texas under the new law? We talk with University of Houston political scientist Jeronimo Cortina about why these programs are so controversial.

Also this hour: Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently said “people are happy with their governments at their state level, they’re not with the city.” However, a 2016 poll from Gallup suggests the opposite. So what’s really the case? Are people in Houston more likely to get behind City Hall or the Capitol Building? We discuss that and the history of interaction between state and local governments with Mark Jones of Rice University.

Plus: We talk with Dena Marks, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League in Houston about hate crimes in the area and how events over the past year might have an effect on their occurrence. And a Texas prisoner responds to a theory that he is a serial killer. 

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