Texas is moving to punish major cities that cut funding from their local law enforcement.
The Texas House passed legislation on Friday that would punish cities with populations of 250,000 or more — 11 cities in the state meet that requirement — if they cut funding for their police departments. The legislation follows a warning Republican Governor Greg Abbott made after Austin, Texas, cut $150 million from its police budget.
The House-passed bill is to “ensure that no other cities follow Austin, Minneapolis, and Seattle down the path of defunding the police, which serves no purpose other than making their citizens less safe,” a spokesperson for the governor told KXAN.
The bill will only impact the largest cities in the state; an amendment to apply the bill’s provisions to every town in Texas failed in the House. Republicans control the Texas House and Senate, making the bill’s passage through Congress and eventual arrival on Abbott’s desk likely. If signed into law, the bill would take effect September 1, according to KXAN.
“Let’s support public safety in this state. Let’s support our police. Let’s back the blue,” said state Rep. Craig Goldman (R), who wrote House Bill 1900.
This bill cracks down on cities that try to defund police.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 7, 2021
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