Austin tenting ban citations leap in September, information reveals

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from: KXAN employees, Daniel Marin

Posted: Oct 4, 2021 / 7:29 PM CDT
Updated: 10/04/2021 / 7:29 PM CDT

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Downtown Austin Community Court figures show the number of Austin Police Department citations related to camping bans skyrocketed in September.

The data shows that between September 1 and September 30, 64 citations were issued. That’s nearly double the total number issued between July 11th (when Austin third phase enforcement began) and August 31st.

BEFORE: Everything we know about Austin’s new camping ban

Almost all of the quotes were about “camping in a public area” or “sitting, lying down, sleeping in the open air”.

Proposal B, passed by voters on May 1, made it a criminal offense – a class C offense punishable by a fine – for a person to sit, lie down, or camp on public property.

Most camping bans, including the one used by the City of Austin for years, define camping as “storing personal effects, using a tent / car for living and cooking”.

On September 1, a nationwide public camping ban also came into effect. The DACC data show that since September 17 citations have been issued about the state law.

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