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Abbott Vows To ‘Unleash’ State Resources If Austin Doesn’t Change Its Homelessness Rules By Nov. 1

The Austin City Council is currently considering revising ordinances it passed in June that effectively legalized camping, sitting or lying down in public.

Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s prepared to “unleash the full authority of every state agency,” if Austin doesn’t address issues surrounding homelessness by Nov. 1. 

In a letter to Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Abbott said Austin’s revision of its homelessness rules presents a public health and safety concern – and that he could marshal state resources to clean up encampments and possibly increase patrols of Department of Public Safety troopers in “areas that pose greater threats.”

The Austin City Council is currently considering revising ordinances it passed in June that effectively legalized camping, sitting or lying down in public – as long as someone doesn’t completely obstruct a sidewalk or pose a threat to public health or safety.

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