The path to emergency powers in Texas might run through the courts

Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to the convention delegates at the Texas Republican Convention in San Antonio. Photo credit: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

State and local governments are at odds over what should and should not be allowed during a pandemic — a debate over health, economics and civil liberties. The old sparring partners have increasingly appealed to a referee: the courts.

Texas courts are being pulled into the war between the state of Texas and its local governments as what has been primarily a legislative and political fight grows into a legal one.

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