Texas Governor, AG File Petition to Block Dallas County Mask Mandate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and state Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday filed a petition to block a judge’s order mandating face masks inside businesses and schools in Dallas County. The pair issued a joint statement saying that the order requiring masks in certain areas violates an order issued earlier by the Republican governor that barred government entities and officials from doing so. Abbott said at the time that Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins signed an order on Wednesday requiring face masks as part of new safety plans to curb the transmission of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Jenkins cited a surge in cases and hospitalizations to justify the measures. Late Tuesday, District Judge Tonya Parker, a Democrat, also issued a temporary injunction halting the order. Abbott and Paxton said in their press release that they …

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