Governor Sign HB 1884 into Law

Austin-Press Release

It’s official! As of this Sunday, we are so pleased to announce that the litter bill advocated for became law!

House Bill 1884, authored by State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson (R –Waco) and sponsored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R – Brenham), al­lows judges to sentence con­victed litterers to up to 60 hours of community service picking up litter or working in a recycling facility in their county of residence.

We believe that this bill will help reduce recidivism rates by connecting litterers to the reality of their careless actions. A bottle discarded on the side of the road, a cigarette butt thrown out the car window, a plastic bag blown out of a truck — all of these items collect and end up somewhere. So often in Texas especially, litter ends up along farm-to-market roads in cash-strapped counties that do not have the staff or resources to remediate the actions of a few bad actors.

That is why we are so proud that Republican lawmakers recognized that a previously-viewed “liberal”, “environmen­tal” problem is actually a com­munity problem.

House Bill 1884 adheres to conservative principles of small government, low taxes and prudence in legislation by giving judges the discretion to prescribe a punishment that fits the crime. The bill upholds community responsibility by distributing a punishment that connects convicted litterers to the results of their actions in a very real way.

Too often good residents and neighbors bear the brunt of a litterer’s actions. We’ve talked to many Texans who regularly pick up trash or pay for the re­moval of a stranger’s furniture, fridges, trash heaps, and other items left discarded on their property. Well, not anymore!

Our next step is simply to make sure local lawmakers and enforcement agencies know they’ve got this tool in their belt so they can utilize it! Hoo­ray for progress!

Local Implications

By Carla Bass – City Editor

From the view point of Mar­ion County citizens…

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One thought on “Governor Sign HB 1884 into Law

  1. I testified to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee why this bill is so important for Texas. The GROUP W BENCH LITTER PATROL in Waco petitioned Doc Anderson to address our litter epidemic. The system does work.

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