Red State Moves to Put the Brakes on Protesters Who Block Traffic


According to Fox News, lawmakers in the Lone Star State have passed a bill that would increase penalties for standard-issue traffic-blocking. Meanwhile, if you obstruct an emergency vehicle, you could be in for a felony.

The Texas Tribune reported the charge would also carry mandatory jail time.

The measure passed Texas’ House of Representatives by a 90-55 vote several weeks ago, according to the Tribune; it passed the Senate 25-5 on Saturday.

GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, up for re-election next year, said he would sign it when it made it to his desk.

“Legislation cracking down on protestors for blocking roads PASSES in the Senate,” Abbott tweeted Saturday.

“Peaceful protest doesn’t include blocking roadways & preventing emergency vehicle access. That chaos won’t be tolerated in Texas.”

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