Pa, which is a state of Texas, has announced plans to limit travel to the state from Texas, Arizona, California, and New Mexico in 2018.
According to the Statewide Travel Restrictions Plan, a person who has been convicted of a felony or is on probation or parole in the state could be barred from traveling to Texas within 90 days.
Additionally, the plan calls for a statewide travel monitoring system that would include the following: a system to detect and report crimes committed by people traveling to or from the state; a program to monitor travel from Texas to or within the state by individuals and organizations; an education program for all Pennsylvanians about the importance of traveling to Pennsylvania; and a data-driven system that collects information on the locations of people who have been arrested for offenses within the states.
The Pennsylvania State Police, in a statement to Ars Technia, said the state is still “working to develop a new statewide travel restriction for Texas.”
“There are no plans at this time to introduce any new restrictions in the Lone Star State, but there are a few steps we can take to keep Pennsylvania safe,” the statement read.
“The State Police will be working with the Pennsylvania Attorney General and local law enforcement to implement any new regulations in the near future.”
If the travel restrictions go into effect in 2018, Pennsylvania will become the first state in the country to enact a law barring citizens from visiting Texas.
In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would implement a ban on travel to all states except for Pennsylvania.
Last week, North Carolina Gov.
Pat McCrory announced that he had issued an executive order barring people from visiting North Carolina and South Carolina.
North Dakota Gov.
Dennis Daugaard also issued an order banning travel from North Dakota to South Dakota and from South Carolina to North Dakota.
A similar ban on South Carolina has been implemented in Mississippi, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has previously said that the Texas travel restrictions will only apply to people convicted of misdemeanors, but has said that he has “never been one to make statements” regarding the state’s criminal justice system.
It remains to be seen whether any of these restrictions will be effective, as some states have been able to enact their own laws and enforcement policies.
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