Texas Attorney General Sues the City of Austin Over Mask Mandate

Ken Paxton (R-Texas), the Attorney General of Texas, has filed a lawsuit against the state’s capital city of Austin on Thursday after the city refused to rescind its mask mandate, as reported by The Hill.

The lawsuit names Mayor Steve Adler (D-Texas), Travis County Judge Andy Brown, and interim Medical Director Mark Escott. The suit comes after Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) announced on March 2nd that he would be officially and completely reopening the state of Texas via executive order, rescinding all mask mandates and allowing all businesses to reopen to 100 percent capacity.

However, some localities have opted to keep the restrictions in place, with Austin being chief among them.

“I told Travis County and the City of Austin to comply with state mask law,” Paxton said in a Tweet. “They blew me off. So, once again, I’m dragging them to court.” The lawsuit says that the decision to force masks or indoor social distancing measures rests solely on the individual businesses, not local or city governments. The lawsuit asks the court for a temporary restraining order so that Austin cannot continue to enforce these restrictions, allowing businesses to get back to full capacity until the matter is settled.

But Mayor Adler remained defiant and determined to keep businesses shut down, releasing his own statement that said he would “continue to do everything within our power, using every tool available to us, to reduce the spread of the virus, to keep as many people alive as possible, to safely open up schools to more in-person learning.” He falsely described the lawsuit as an “assault against doctors and data.”

 

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: July 29th, 2015 Austin, Texas USA: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, just a few days before a grand jury indicts him on three felonies.Two charges of first-degree securities fraud and one count of third-degree failure to register. Paxton is expected to surrender on August 3rd, 2015 (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)

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