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Texas Supreme Court Upholds Abbott’s Ban On Local Mask Mandates

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The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday ruled in favor of upholding Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott’s order prohibiting mask mandates, a win for the governor after local entities across the state attempted to defy him.

The Supreme Court action blocked temporary restraining orders that came from district court judges. The orders, upheld Friday by intermediate appellate courts, made it possible for local authorities to temporarily override the state mask requirement ban, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The series of Friday rulings temporarily allowed Texas’s four most populous counties — Harris, Dallas, Bexar and Travis — to enforce mask mandates. The Texas Supreme Court ruling has now blocked them, although trial court hearings scheduled for Monday in San Antonio and Aug. 24 in Dallas, where decisions will be made as to issue temporary injunctions that would allow mask mandates, will still proceed.

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Abbott, who issued the executive order against mask requirements on July 29, celebrated the Supreme Court decision on Twitter. His order doesn’t stop those who want to take protective steps from doing so, he argued. 

“The ban doesn’t prohibit using masks,… (Read more)

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