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Prop B implementation underway

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by Elizabeth Pagano

A Friday news release from the city confirmed that the phased enforcement of Proposition B, which bans camping and panhandling and recodifies the sit/lie ordinance in some parts of the city, is underway. The passage of Prop B changed the law as of May 11, but the city announced it will not be arresting anyone for violating the new ordinance until Aug. 8 (and even then will work to avoid arrests of those experiencing homelessness). As part of the first phase, APD district representatives have visited 42 campsites to spread the word about the new rules, and park staffers are expected to visit about 50 encampments for the same purpose. “This is a huge endeavor and we are taking it step by step. Enforcement of Prop B continues to be a strategy focusing on compassion and empathy. Our goal is to carry out the needs of Austin residents and to work in partnership with all stakeholders to keep the community safe,” interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said. Starting June 13, APD will begin issuing written warnings and citations.

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