Texas House Has Passed Legislation To Punish Cities That Vote To Defund Police

Texas House Has Passed Legislation To Punish Cities That Vote To Defund Police

The House of Representatives in the state of Texas has passed a new bill that will punish cities for voting in favor of defunding their local police departments.

“Let’s support public safety in this state. Let’s support our police. Let’s back the blue,”  Republican State Rep. Craig Goldman, who wrote the bill, recently stated.

Folks, we desperately need to see more laws like this being pushed through state legislatures across the country.

via Washington Examiner:

The bill, which passed by a 90-49 vote, defines “defunding local government” by comparing how much money and personnel was allocated to law enforcement against the previous year. If approved, it would punish jurisdictions that make cuts by capping property tax rates in the city and cutting the funding from sales-tax revenue that the state allocates to the jurisdiction’s law-enforcement budget.

A movement to defund police departments has swept the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd last May, with many jurisdictions around the country moving to reallocate funding away from law enforcement.

The Texas bill would only affect cities with a population above 250,000. Texas has 11 cities that meet that criteria, including its capital city of Austin, which has come under fire from Gov. Greg Abbott for cutting its police budget by $20 million.

Gov. Abbott has promised that there will indeed be some serious consequences for jurisdictions that cut their police budgets, and his office worked with Goldman to come up with the language featured in the legislation.

However, Chas Moore, who serves as the director of the Austin Justice Coalition, is urging the state to keep their noses out of the business of local governments.

“The state is just all politics,” Moore stated. “It’s frustrating to be able to do something on the local level and then to have the state come in and say, you can’t do that.”