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Bills advance to penalize Austin over police funding

(The Austin Bulldog)

The Texas Senate today blitzed through the normal procedures to pass HB 1900, a bill that could trigger disannexation elections throughout parts of Austin. This is a direct response to police budget cuts last year.

HB 1900 establishes criteria for determining whether a city is a "defunding municipality" that has cut its police department budget disproportionally to the rest of its budget. Once such a designation is made, the city would have to "hold a separate election in each area annexed in the preceding 30 years by the defunding municipality on the question of disannexing the area."

If Austin gets hit with the designation—which appears likely under the definition set in the bill—then disannexation elections would be triggered in vast tracts of Austin annexed since the 1990s, including River Place, Cat Mountain Villas, the Samsung Semiconductor plant and nearby areas, Southpark Meadows, and Onion Creek.

Read the full story at The Austin Bulldog.

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