Austinites Ban Public Homeless Camps, While San Antonio Voters Protect the Police’s Ability to Collectively Bargain

Austinites Ban Public Homeless Camps, While San Antonio Voters Protect the Police’s Ability to Collectively Bargain

A homeless camp under a bridge on I-35 in Austin, TexasMunicipal elections aren’t typically the most scintillating exercises of democracy, but three local ballot propositions voted on May 1 in cities around the state are worth the notice of all Texans. Austinites have overwhelmingly approved Proposition B, which restores a public camping ban, outlawing the homeless from putting up shelter in places not designated by the city. Residents of San Antonio narrowly rejected their own Proposition B, which would have eliminated collective bargaining for city police. And, in Lubbock, voters have approved Proposition A, which bans abortion within city limits. Let’s start with Austin. Until 2019, the city, like many in the country, managed the problem of homelessness by criminalizing behavior such as sitting or lying on sidewalks, effectively allowing cops to issue tickets and…View Original Post

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