State Sen. Don Huffines Reacts to Charges Related to DCS Investigation

In a criminal complaint revealed Thursday, federal prosecutors say a school bus camera company paid millions in bribes and kickbacks to a top Dallas County Schools official.

The future of DCS was a hot political issue this past year, and State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, was behind the effort to shut the agency down.

Huffines spoke to NBC 5 about the criminal charges being filed.

"I am not surprised, and I expected that we were going to have criminal charges," Huffines said. "Unfortunately I feel like this is just the beginning of what you are going to hear. I think the tentacles of this corruption run wide and deep."

Federal prosecutors have filed charges in a months-long investigation into huge financial losses at Dallas County Schools, the troubled busing agency voters elected to shut down earlier this year.

During the 2017 legislative session Huffines filed a bill to shut down the financially troubled organization. He worked with Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, who amended the bill to leave that decision up to the voters of Dallas County. The voters ultimately decided to shut it down in a November ballot initiative.

"It shows that corruption in government people can be held accountable, need be held accountable, and will be held accountable to the taxpayers," Huffines said.

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