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.