TX House Approves Bill That Would Punish Cities Who Defund Police

Laws punishing cities that disappoint the police were approved by the Texas House of Representatives.

The house approved the 1900 house bill shortly before 12.30 p.m. today (May 7).

The bill would limit property tax rates in cities determined to fund the police. It would also deduct the cost of state police services from those cities’ local sales tax revenues.

The bill is only valid for cities with more than 250,000 inhabitants. There are a total of 11 cities in Texas that it would apply to. An amendment to include all cities in Texas was not accepted.

A “defective local government” is a city that does not provide as much money and personnel for the police in the current budget as in the previous year. The bill will come into force in September this year.

According to KXAN, Fort Worth Republican Craig Goldman, who drafted the bill, said we must support public safety in the state:

Let’s support public safety in this state. Let’s support our police. Let’s get the blue back.

The bill will now go to the Senate and, if passed, will go to Governor Greg Abbott to be included in the bill.

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