Dallas Morning News — The Texas House on Wednesday approved a bill that would require school districts to report demographic data to the state on all out-of-school suspensions. House Bill 65, introduced by Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, would require school districts to report the race, sex and date of birth of suspended students, as well as information on why the students were suspended and the length of the suspensions.
Dallas Morning News — Despite being the last official candidate to enter the mayor’s race, state Rep. Eric Johnson took in $524,134 — the most in campaign donations of any candidate. The Democrat got to that total with the help of dozens of maximum $5,000 contributions from Dallas’ moneyed elite — including some prominent Republican donors.
Dallas Morning News — Days after former Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a real estate developer, a state lawmaker running for mayor said he will file legislation to “combat and hopefully eradicate corruption” in the awarding of affordable housing tax credits. Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, said elected officials and developers who seek their favor “have repeatedly abused their role” in the state-run affordable housing tax credit award process.
Dallas Morning News — State Rep. Eric Johnson announced Tuesday that he’s running for Dallas mayor. Johnson’s surprise announcement comes early in the legislative session after his re-election, which did not draw any major opponents. He will join a crowded field of candidates — including some financial and political heavyweights — vying to replace term-limited Mayor Mike Rawlings.