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Camping Ordinance

In a dispute over a proposed ordinance regarding camping in public spaces, sitting and lying down on public sidewalks and aggressive solicitation of money, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Austin City Council must strike from the ballot language the word “anyone.” The court found the word would lead voters to believe the ordinance “criminalizes and penalizes a much wider swath of conduct than it actually does.”

AUSTIN, Texas — In a dispute over a proposed ordinance regarding camping in public spaces, sitting and lying down on public sidewalks, and aggressive solicitation of money, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the Austin City Council must strike from the ballot language the word “anyone.” The court found the word would lead voters to believe the ordinance “criminalizes and penalizes a much wider swath of conduct than it actually does.” 

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