FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2004
AUSTIN, TX--The Associated Security Services and Investigators (ASSIST) of the State of Texas today honored Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. as Legislator for Homeland Security at its state convention in South Padre Island.
Sen. Lucio was recognized for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Homeland Security for Texas. Security officers guard areas vulnerable to terrorist acts throughout the state, including airports, water ports and places where large groups of people gather and can be easy targets. Additionally, he was instrumental in passage of House Bill 565, during the 78th legislative session, which increased an assault charge on a security officer from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Regional President for the Rio Grande Valley ASSIST, Dan B. Flores, said, "We are very grateful for Sen. Eddie Lucio's efforts. We want the general public to understand and respect that you simply can't assault a security officer and expect to get away with it."
"I believe that Homeland Security is a top priority issue for this country, and I am especially grateful for the role security officers play in keeping our communities safe," said Sen. Lucio. "We often do not recognize the valuable service security officers provide for ourselves and our families in protecting us where we work, do business, or visit for recreational and other purposes."
ASSIST is now working to add the crime of killing a security officer while on duty to the list of offenses eligible for capital punishment, which currently includes law enforcement officers.
Other legislators recognized at this event included Senators Florence Shapiro and Mike Jackson, and State Representatives Jim Solis, Rene Oliveira, Patrick "Pat" Haggerty, Joseph "Joe" Pickett, Joe Driver and Tony Goolsby.