Texas Governor Announces Proposal To Take Control Of Austin Police Department


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday announced draft legislation to place the Austin Police Department under state control, several months after the city government reduced the department’s funding.

Abbott vowed in a tweet that his administration would “pass a law to keep Austin safe” in response to the August cuts that totaled more than $21 million, according to the Austin American-Statesman, and have the potential to be expanded by millions more in the future.

Just in time for Christmas:The Legislative Council has sent draft language for a proposed law that would transfer control of the Austin Police Department to the Texas Department of Public Safety.One way or another we will pass a law to keep Austin safe.

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 21, 2020

The legislation will be sent to the Republican state legislature for consideration.

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