A state district judge ruled Wednesday that Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins can enforce masks in public schools, colleges, and businesses, siding with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Jenkins’ most recent court success will most certainly be fleeting. Attorney General Ken Paxton is almost certain to appeal state District Judge Tonya Parker’s decision, which prevented Abbott from executing his executive order against local mask regulations.
Abbott and Paxton have waged a legal war in recent weeks with cities, counties and school districts in Texas’ major urban areas that have tried to require masks — in defiance of the governor — to tamp down the spread of COVID-19. The battles have caused a degree of confusion and whiplash as lower courts allow the mandates, only to be overruled by higher courts.
Ten days ago, the Texas Supreme Court — the state’s highest civil court — halted Dallas County’s mask mandate. Jenkins then insisted the mandate was still in place, though the Supreme Court took away his ability to fine businesses that flout his order.
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