Governor Greg Abbott says Austin needs to reinstate ban on homeless camping

Governor Greg Abbott is trying again to ban Austin’s homeless camp if city guides fail to do so.

“Contrary to what Austin leaders believe, no one has the right to urinate and defecate wherever they want,” Abbott said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Abbott’s tweet was triggered after the Save Austin Now group filed 27,000 signed petitions with the Austin town clerk to add a language to the May 1 election that would reinstate the camping ban, the Austin American-Statesman said.

If Austin doesn’t reinstate the ban on camping for the homeless, the state will do it for them.

Contrary to what Austin leaders think, no one has the right to urinate and defecate wherever they want.

Austin-sponsored homelessness has also endangered public safety. Https://t.co/aH4DSJAKpR

– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 20, 2021

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In 2019, Austin City Council voted to decriminalize public camping for people with homelessness, as long as they do not pose a health or safety threat, or obstruct public right of way. Abbott said in his tweet that he thinks Austin’s growing homelessness has put public safety at risk.

According to several messages from Austin, Save Austin Now has attempted to include this issue in the November vote. However, not enough signatures were valid. Abbott said if Austin doesn’t reinstate the ban on camping for the homeless, the state will do it for them.

In a report from the statesman, Austin Mayor Steve Adler believes the city’s existing plan has failed and suggested that the city council meet with Austin residents to propose alternative solutions to the homelessness crisis.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general affairs reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre

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