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Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Community court touts data showing sharp drop in recidivism among clients

The city’s Downtown Community Court on East Sixth Street has released data showing a drastic reduction in recidivism among its clients, thanks to the social services and case management the court offers. The analysis of data from the 2018 fiscal…

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Supreme Court passes on Boise camping ban case, opening up Austin’s rules to lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a ruling that found a ban against camping in public in Boise, Idaho, is unconstitutional.The case against Boise’s ban on camping inspired, in part, the city of Austin’s decision to…

Friday, December 13, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Activists sue city over zoning code rewrite

Nineteen local property owners filed suit against the city of Austin Thursday, alleging that the city has deprived them of their right to protest under state law as the city adopts changes to zoning classifications throughout the city.City Council voted…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council looks at legal options after appeals court throws out housing voucher challenge

Members of City Council have criticized a recent decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the city’s lawsuit against state Attorney General Ken Paxton over a state law passed in 2015 that prevents cities from…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Matt Largey

State appeals court strikes down Austin rules on short-term rentals

A state appeals court has declared some elements of Austin’s rules governing short-term rentals unconstitutional, including provisions banning non-owner-occupied rentals and occupancy limits.In 2016, the City Council passed sweeping new regulations of short-term rentals, like those you find through Airbnb…

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Mose Buchele

Austin joins legal fight against Permian Highway Pipeline

The city of Austin is signaling it intends to sue Kinder Morgan, the company behind the proposed Permian Highway Pipeline – a 430-mile natural gas line that has provoked major opposition in the Texas Hill Country. In filing its notice…

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