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Texas Bills Target Homeless by Proposing Class C Misdemeanor for Camping



TX – Organizers and the homeless residents of Camp Rhonda have been in a game of cat and mouse with the city. They were recently chased out of their protest in Pioneer Plaza.

Now, two bills are being taken up in the Texas House and Senate that aim to ban the homeless from camping in public statewide.

If either bill passes, homeless campers could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. Additionally, cities that take steps to discourage or reduce enforcement of the law may be disqualified from receiving state grants and funding.