The Left is still trying their hardest to destroy law enforcement institutions as we know them.
The calls of “defund the police” continue to echo throughout the country, and police are routinely falsely villified and attacked by the left-wing media.
Texas is taking a hard stand against those who would try to villify, defame, and defund the hard working men and women of law enforcement.
The Texas GOP-led House has approved a new bill that aims to penalize cities that defund the police.
House Bill 1900, also known as “Back the Blue” would penalize those cities with populations over 250,000.
The city’s sales tax money would be allocated to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and a ban would be put in place on raising property tax rates.
Here's more information on the new bill, which aims to protect law enforcement, from Fox 7 Austin:
The Texas House has passed House Bill 1900, or the "Back the Blue" bill, that would punish Texas cities that reduce their police budgets.
Penalties could include disannexation and limits on tax revenue, but the bill only applies to municipalities with more than 250,000 people.
State Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth), who authored the bill, says the threshold is because crime is anecdotally up in metro areas across the country. Democrats however say the threshold isn't fair and a bill to protect law enforcement should protect all Texans, including rural communities and smaller municipalities in metro areas.
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WND News has more on the new bill:
The Texas state House of Representatives approved a bill to financially penalize large Texan cities that defund police in a preliminary vote Thursday.
The state House advanced H.B. 1900, which would penalize cities that defund police if they have a population of over 250,000 people by allocating the city’s sales tax money to the Texas Department of Public Safety and be banned from increasing property tax rates, in a vote of 91-55, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Republican state Rep. Craig Goldman, the author of the bill, said the legislation will prevent cities in the state of Texas from defunding their police departments.
“As municipalities across this nation are defunding their police departments, are taking money away from the police budgets and putting them elsewhere in their city budgets, this bill makes sure that in the state of Texas, that is not going to be allowed,” Goldman said on the House floor Thursday.
Democratic state Rep. Richard Raymond, who co-authored the bill along with three Republicans, said the state needs to invest in training for law enforcement officers.
“You invest more in training our law enforcement officers, not less. That’s how you make it better,” Raymond said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Texas is leading the way in protecting the American way of life.