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Legislation would hammer Austin over police funding

Eleven Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives, most of them from the Rio Grande Valley, voted with Republican lawmakers last Friday to approve a bill that was crafted in response to the City of Austin's police budget cuts last year.

HB 1900 would trigger disannexation elections in parts of any city with a population of more than 250,000, in the event that the governor's office designated the city a "defunding municipality." The bill would also allow the state comptroller to withhold sales taxes owed to a "defunding" city and redirect it to the Department of Public Safety.

Those measures would make it difficult for Austin to move forward with aspects of its ongoing Reimagining Public Safety process, and could even pressure the city council to roll back cuts made to the police budget last year.

Read more at The Austin Bulldog.

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