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Bill that would make it a felony for Texas protesters to obstruct emergency vehicles heads to the governor’s desk

The Senate passed House Bill 9, filed in response to last year’s nationwide protests against police brutality, on a 25-5 vote. Gov. Greg Abbott has already indicated his support.

Protesters marched onto Interstate 35 and blocked traffic during a protest near downtown Austin on May 30, 2020.

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