Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 23


“Texans do not support defunding the police”

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 23, the Stop Local Police-Defunding Act, by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston:

“I congratulate Sen. Huffman on the passage of Senate Bill 23 which affirms our support for law enforcement in Texas and the critical role they play in keeping Texas communities safe. Senate Bill 23 makes it clear that Texans do not support defunding the police. It will require local governments to secure voter approval before passing a budget that reduces or reallocates funding originally dedicated to law enforcement. The Texas Senate and I remain committed to supporting our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line when they leave their homes every single day and I appreciate Sen. Huffman’s continued leadership on this important issue.”