Texas Legislature moves to prevent large cities from cutting law enforcement budgets

The Texas House and Senate on Monday advanced two separate proposals that aim to stop the state’s most populous cities and counties from cutting law enforcement funding.

The House initially approved the Senate’s bill to require voter approval before a county could reduce its law enforcement budget – but only for counties with more than 1 million residents. About an hour later, the Senate passed the House’s legislation to financially punish cities with more than 250,000 people if they decreased their police department’s funding.