Citizen Enforcement of Texas Abortion Ban Could Spread to Other Laws

Two state laws that restrict transgender youth also rely on private civil actions.

Jim Crow Tactics Reborn in Texas Abortion Law, Deputizing Citizens to Enforce Legally Suspect Provision

The new law that bans most abortions uses a method employed by Texas and other states to enforce racist laws in the 19th and 20th centuries that aimed to disenfranchise African Americans.

Lyft and Uber Establish Legal Funds to Protect Drivers from Texas Abortion Law

The ride-booking companies said they would cover legal fees if their drivers are sued under the state’s new law, which allows private citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who “aids and abets” a woman in obtaining an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

Governor Has Oversight of Mask Decisions, A State Supreme Court Rules

Texas’ highest court issued a ruling Thursday that blocks school districts in Bexar County from enforcing mask mandates.

Poll Finds Weak Support for State Bans on Local Mask Mandates

The survey results come as state and local officials in some places battle over mask policies, and as cases of the virus swell.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Tests Positive for Covid-19

The governor spoke Monday night at a GOP event in Collin County, later tweeting photos of him addressing a maskless crowd. Less than three hours before his diagnosis was announced Tuesday afternoon, he tweeted pictures of a meeting with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s Order Banning Mask Mandates in Texas Schools Faces Lawsuit, Defiance by Big-City Districts

Dallas Independent School District announced Monday it will require masking while Houston ISD will vote on a mandate this week. A nonprofit group has also sued to block Abbott’s order.

Converted Texas Prison Gets First Immigrant Detainees

Border-crossing immigrants are being arrested by Texas troopers on state charges like trespassing, and they’re starting to trickle into a prison emptied to house them.

Can Greg Abbott Actually Build Trump's Border Wall?

The governor wants to finish the wall that Donald Trump began on the Texas-Mexico border, but he'll have to overcome the same hurdles that impeded the ex-president's efforts.

Low-Income People of Color Bear Brunt of Rising Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrians deaths have soared in Texas and nationwide in recent years, especially in low-income communities of color.

Gov. Greg Abbott is Using a Disaster Declaration to Help Fund a Border Wall. Democrats Say It’s an Overreach of Executive Powers.

The disaster declarations give the governor broad power to suspend state laws and regulations that hinder a jurisdiction’s recovery from a disaster and to allow the use of available resources to respond to the disaster.

Why States Have Been Slow Paying Out Billions in Federal Rental Aid

Congress approved over $46 billion to help cover overdue rent. Struggling households and frustrated landlords are still waiting on the money.

Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Allowing College Athletes to Profit Off Their Own Name and Likeness

More than a dozen states have passed similar legislation allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness as state lawmakers have called on the federal government to set national guidelines.

Gov. Greg Abbott Wants to Build a Border Wall, but Does Texas have the Ability — or Money — to do so?

Critics have denounced Abbott's proposal as "political theater" that won't pass legal muster. But the two-term Republican governor says it's time to secure the border.

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas Will Build a Border Wall, but Doesn’t Yet Give Details on Cost or Location

The governor suggested more details would be released next week. The announcement Thursday of several initiatives is the latest in an ongoing conflict between Abbott, a Republican, and Democratic President Joe Biden's administration.

Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill to Punish Businesses that Require Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

Abbott's signature means that businesses that require so-called vaccine passports can't get state contracts and could lose state licenses or operating permits.

Texas Moves to Ban Police From Participating in Reality Shows

The legislation came after a Black man died in police custody in 2019 while being filmed for a documentary TV series. The footage was destroyed, and details of his death emerged only after local news outlets pushed for answers.

Biden Wants to Offer More Housing Vouchers. Many Landlords Won’t Accept Them

Over 2.2 million households receive subsidies through the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Texas’ Larger Cities Would Face Financial Penalties for Cutting Police Budgets Under Bill Approved by House

Previously, the Senate approved a bill that would ask for an election if cities decide to reduce law enforcement budgets.

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