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New laws targeting Harris County represent “a major monkey wrench” in elections this fall

Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia says the county will be ready, anyway, come November.


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Adrian Garcia, Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2


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Last weekend, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a pair of bills into law that specifically target Harris County's elections. One eliminates the office of elections administrator, and the other allows the Texas Secretary of State to oversee Harris County elections under certain circumstances. The county has already indicated plans to challenge both bills in court.

Adrian Garcia is the Precinct 2 Commissioner in Harris County. He tells Houston Matters “this throws a major monkey wrench into the mechanics of things,” but that even as the county plans to challenge the laws in court, Commissioners are having parallel conversation with the Harris County Clerk and Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector’s offices, working through the transition to ensure the November election goes smoothly.

While that tug-of-war between the county and the state hangs over Harris County Commissioners, there's other work they're taking up in the county.

In the audio above we talk through some of those recent developments with Commissioner Garcia, including a backlog in the county medical examiner’s office, his views on a county violence interruption program, and who’s receiving money from the county through the new Uplift Harris program.

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Joshua Zinn

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Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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