Ask the editor: What is the status of Proposition B?

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Last month, we ran a lead story on Proposition B, the confusing measure Houston voters approved in November to give raises to firefighters to align their pay with Houston police officers.

As of early May, Houston was sending out layoff notices to firefighters and other city workers and sending checks with raises and backpay bonuses to Jan. 1 to the Houston firefighters who remained. As it turns out, however, all that might be for naught.

On May 15, District 157 Harris County Judge Tonya Garrison ruled Proposition B unconstitutional, saying it violates Texas Constitution’s rules surrounding city ordinances and is pre-empted by the Texas Local Government Code’s meet-and-confer rules for police and fire departments.

If the ruling sticks, it’s possible the last more than half-year of debate over this topic was for nothing, but it’s unclear what’s next. The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association is already planning to appeal the decision.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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