Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed bills he says will "Back the Blue." One of the bills signed today will freeze property tax revenues in Texas cities that defund police. Another enhances criminal penalties for assaulting an officer. Protesters who block emergency vehicles in Texas will now face a state jail felony.
The Governor was joined for the bill signing by members of the Texas Legislature, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the Texas Fraternal Order of Police, the Texas Municipal Police Association, the Austin Police Association, the Texas State Troopers Association, and the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas. The Governor made preventing cities from defunding the police an emergency item this session.
“The men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to keep Texans safe, and they deserve our enduring support and gratitude,” said Governor Abbott. “Efforts to defund the police are downright dangerous, and these laws will prevent cities from making this reckless decision. These laws also help protect our law enforcement officers in the line of duty by enhancing penalties for crimes committed against them such as using fireworks or laser pointers to harm or obstruct the police. With these laws, we are bolstering our support for law enforcement while ensuring a safer future for all Texans. I applaud the Texas Legislature for joining me in passing these priority items and for making sure Texas remains a law-and-order state.”
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