Judge rules Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on school mask mandates violates federal law

A federal judge in Texas ruled Wednesday that Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning mask mandates in schools violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, setting the stage for school districts in the state to decide whether they want to impose mask rules.U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in a 29-page ruling that the ADA, a…

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Texas Gov. Abbott Leads Beto O’Rourke By Just 1 Point In Potential Matchup, Poll Suggests

Topline Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s bid for a third term is set to face a major challenge from former Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, according to a poll released on Monday, which shows the governor holding a lead of just one percentage point over O’Rourke in the likely 2022 matchup. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke…

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs law banning transgender students in school sports

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Monday banning transgender athletes from playing on public school sports teams that align with their gender identities.The bill, which cleared the Legislature this month and affects elementary school to university athletics, will take effect in January.Abbott did not immediately comment on the ban. Rep. Valoree Swanson, a lead…

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Texas Gov. Abbott issues order banning Covid vaccination mandates in rebuke of Biden

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting any entity, including private businesses, from imposing Covid-19 vaccination requirements on employees or customers.”The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” said Abbott said in a statement.Abbott, a Republican, said in his…

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Texas governor’s ban on mask mandates dealt second legal blow

Supporters of wearing masks in schools protest before the special called school board workshop at the Pinellas County Schools Administration Building in Largo, Florida, U.S., August 9, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File PhotoAug 11 (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s statewide ban on mask mandates has hit its second legal setback, as a judge in Dallas County…

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Texas seeks out-of-state medical help amid COVID-19 crisis

HOUSTON — The Texas governor appealed for out-of-state medical help as COVID-19 hospitalizations soared, but he stopped short of reversing his ban on mask mandates even as leaders of the state’s largest cities and school systems imposed them.Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state health department to use staffing agencies to find additional medical staff as the Delta…

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