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Dallas County can require masks, judge rules, siding against Gov. Greg Abbott

By Joshua Fechter, The Texas Tribune
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Dallas County can require masks, judge rules, siding against Gov. Greg Abbott
A child wears a face mask while being held by an adult as they wait on line to enter P.S. 188 The Island School in New York City on September 29. On Wednesday, a judge said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott can't ban schools in Texas from enforcing mask mandates. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins can require masks in public schools, colleges and businesses, a state district judge ruled Wednesday -- siding against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Jenkins' latest court victory will more than likely be short-lived. Attorney General Ken Paxton is all but guaranteed to appeal the ruling from state District Judge Tonya Parker -- who blocked Abbott from enforcing his executive order that prohibits local mask mandates.

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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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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Read the original here. The Texas Tribune is a non-profit, non-partisan media organization that informs Texans -- and engages with them -- about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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