Abbott took to Twitter after midnight Tuesday morning to threaten "all state imposed-solutions" to force
BACKGROUND: Heat rises in homelessness debate as
Abbott threatened to eliminate local sovereign immunity, which protects governmental entities from many lawsuits, "for damages and injuries like this caused by a city's homelessness policy."
"The horror stories are piling up," Abbott wrote.
"It's possible there was a crowd after the crash, which is not uncommon, but leading up to the crash they didn't see anyone (near the street)," she said.
Look at this insanity caused by
All state-imposed solutions are on the table including eliminating local sovereign immunity for damages and injuries like this caused by a city's homeless policy.
The horror stories are piling up. #txlege https://t.co/WkBryvLKWU
Adler responded to the governor in a tweet Tuesday afternoon accusing Abbott of spreading "an incendiary lie."
"You blame what never happened on 'reckless' city policy. Really?" Adler wrote.
Governor: Why retweet the incendiary lie that people experiencing homelessness caused a recent traffic accident? You blame what never happened on "reckless" city policy. Really? https://t.co/A11ksf1y6j pic.twitter.com/Meg9croNXe
-- Mayor Adler (@MayorAdler)
Speaking to the
"My tweet was just to make sure the community knew the facts," Adler said. "The original person ... suggested folks experiencing homelessness caused the accident, and police say that's not true."
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Advocates for the changes said the previous laws unfairly criminalized homelessness, served little practical purpose and forced homeless people to hide in dangerous locations. Opponents of the move feared it would encourage clustering of homeless people in key areas of the city and leave little recourse for associated problems.
Abbott first took issue with
Adler said Tuesday that
Adler declined to respond to Abbott's specific threat of eliminating local sovereign immunity. But he suggested the governor's ire may stem from misinformation.
"I assume that his staff is not properly reporting what is happening in
A spokeswoman for Abbott did not return a phone call or email Tuesday to respond to the information from
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Abbott's latest threat to take action against
"We may intercede," Trump told
The president offered no specific proposals, but spoke about how homelessness is hurting cities.
"Cities are fighting hard every day to turn the tide on this humanitarian crisis -- and
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