Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Slate of Legislation to Increase Criminal Penalties for Protesters, Punish Cities that Reduce Police Budgets

The Austin Police Department building with the Austin skyline in the background. Over the summer, the City Council voted to reduce and reallocate its police budget, leading to backlash. Credit: Evan L’Roy/The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a slate of legislation last Tuesday that targets protesters and restricts cities’ abilities to reduce police budgets. In a ceremony attended by state law enforcement associations and bill authors, Abbott signed four Republican-backed bills aimed at widespread protests over police killings of Black and Hispanic ...

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