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

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    Huffines Reacts to Charges Related to DCS Investigation

    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. (Published Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017)

    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."

    Feds Allege $3M in Bribes, Kickbacks Paid to Top DCS OfficialFeds Allege $3M in Bribes, Kickbacks Paid to Top DCS Official

    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.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017)

    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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