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The Texas Supreme Court granted an emergency stay to the state's Republican governor, Greg Abbott, over his ban on face mask mandates on Sunday.
Why it matters: The stay overrides lower court rulings in favor of local authorities in the counties of Dallas and Bexar, which includes San Antonio, to temporarily impose mask mandates despite Abbott's May executive order.
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Today, SCOTEX has ordered Dallas Co and Dallas ISD to follow Exec. Order GA-38. Local mask mandates are illegal under GA-38.
Let this ruling serve as a reminder to all ISDs and Local officials that the Governor’s order stands.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) August 15, 2021
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton (R) tweeted just before midnight Friday that he would fight for Abbott's order in the courts.
What to watch: Trial court hearings were scheduled in San Antonio for this Monday and in Dallas on Aug. 24.
Local officials from the Dallas Independent School District and City of San Antonio and Bexar County vowed to press on with mask policy plans, per the Texas Tribune.
City of San Antonio noted in a statement that state Supreme Court's ruling did not stop it from presenting its case to the court on Monday:
This is the City of San Antonio's statement on the Texas Supreme Court Ruling Regarding COVID-19 Prevention Measures pic.twitter.com/C2899uj1jc
— City of San Antonio 💪+💉= 💯 (@COSAGOV) August 16, 2021
Editor's note: This article has been updated to include the Supreme Court's decision, further comment from Paxton and the City of San Antonio, and more context.
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