Fox News reports:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the state capital and its county for not lifting their mask mandates after Governor Greg Abbott rolled back the measure statewide, Fox News has learned.
The lawsuit against the City of Austin and Travis County — where the capital city resides — came after Paxton threatened to file suit Wednesday for their refusal to roll back their local mask mandates. Austin is known as a Democratic stronghold in the red state.
The Texas attorney general had threatened a lawsuit against the city and county for their mask mandates in a letter Wednesday night. Paxton pointed out in the letter that the state law “supercedes” local law and has the “full force” of the state’s authority.
City/county leaders must not be thinking clearly. Maybe it’s oxygen deprivation from quintuple-masking. Whatever the case, they’ve tried this before. They lost.
Travis County and Austin have a few hours to comply with state law or I’ll sue them. And they’ll lose again. pic.twitter.com/eDqT1QHvGP
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) March 10, 2021