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Proposal that would put Austin Police Department under state control drafted

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Posted at 4:55 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 17:55:29-05

AUSTIN, TX — A proposal that would put the Austin Police Department under the state's control has been drafted "just in time for Christmas," according to Governor Greg Abbott.

The governor tweeted Monday that the Legislative Council has drafted language for a proposed law that would allow the Texas Department of Public Safety to assume control of APD.

In September, Abbott said he would consider the law after Austin city officials voted to cut the police department's budget.