NOT IN THE LONE STAR: Abbott Announces New Rules to Prevent the Defunding of Police

Last June, Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) signed HB 1900 —a new law to discouraging the defunding of law enforcement in Texas. “Under House Bill 1900, if the Governor’s PSO (Public Safety Office) determines a city has defunded its police department, the city will be subject to tax rate limitations, lose access to certain tax revenues, and be subject to other budgetary requirements and limitations,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

“When the city demonstrates it has reversed the reductions, PSO may reverse its defunding determination and the city will no longer be subject to those limitations, reductions, and requirements—unless it defunds its police again,” the statement added.

HB 1900 is in effect, and Abbott is making it clear it will be enforced.

“Texas remains a law-and-order state and we continue to make it abundantly clear that we support our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep communities safe,” said Governor Abbott. “My office’s adoption of these new rules will prevent cities from making reckless and downright dangerous decisions to defund the police, ensuring a safer future for Texans all across the Lone Star State.” 

During his State of the Union, President Biden bucked the extreme leftists in his own party, calling for America to fund the police. “We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police. Fund them. Fund them. Fund them with resources and training. Resources and training they need to protect their communities.”