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Governor threatens to overturn Austin’s easing of homelessness rules

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 16:32:42-04

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has threatened to overturn new Austin rules to allow camping in public areas, excluding parks, so long as the person isn’t causing a hazard.


Officials in the state’s capital city softened an ordinance last week that previously prohibited public camping. It was part of an overhaul of the city’s homelessness policies.

“If Austin— or any other Texas city—permits camping on city streets it will be yet another local ordinance the State of Texas will override,” the governor tweeted Sunday night. “At some point, cities must start putting public safety & common sense first. There are far better solutions for the homeless & citizens.”

So what do you think? Is the governor overstepping his jurisdiction? Or is he spot-on with this tweet?