House Approves Tougher Sentences For Blocking Emergency Vehicles

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The Texas House is moving to increase criminal penalties for people who block a roadway if it interferes with an emergency vehicle or hospital entrance.

The House gave its initial approval on Wednesday to House Bill 9 on an 84-60 vote. Last year’s death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police touched off violent riots across the nation and in Texas.

Hundreds of rioters were arrested for blocking Texas highways. The bill requires a final vote from the full House before it heads to the Senate for approval.

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