HOUSTON - Governor Abbott proposes stiff criminal penalties for those accused of violent protest.
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Governor Greg Abbott is proposing legislation that would create felony-level offenses with mandatory jail time for protesters who cause injury or destroy property. The Governor went even further, suggesting new laws that would allow prosecution of those who organize and finance protests that devolve into riots.
Critics called the Governor’s proposal a political ploy aimed at suppressing speech.
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