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Vaccine Mandates Are Now Completely Banned in Texas

Governor says even private companies cannot enforce such a requirement

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law, the AP reports. The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue...

Texas Creates 'Steel Barrier' to Deter Surge of Migrants

As thousands remain under Del Rio International Bridge

(Newser) - Texas' latest move to deter the unprecedented number of migrants surging into the state: a "steel barrier" that stretches for miles. No, it's not an actual wall; as CNN explains, Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles are parked along the border, Texas Gov. Greg...

Texas Gov: 6 Weeks Is Enough Time to Abort Rapist's Baby

He contends rape victims won't be forced to carry a baby to term

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defended his state's week-old abortion law, maintaining it wouldn't lead to rape victims being forced to give birth. CBS News reports that a reporter asked the Republican why he would "force" a rape victim to carry a resulting pregnancy to term....

New Texas Voting Restrictions Signed Into Law

Greg Abbott claims bill will make it easier to vote

(Newser) - The day Texas Democrats fought for months to prevent is here—Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an election overhaul into law, a week after it was passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature. Abbott, who signed the bill at a ceremony in Tyler, said it would make it "easier than...

Texas Legislature Sends Voting Bill to Governor

Overhaul was passed after months of drama

(Newser) - The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature passed a broad overhaul of the state’s election laws Tuesday, tightening already strict voting rules and dealing a bruising defeat to Democrats who waged a monthslong fight over what they argued was a brazen attempt to disenfranchise minorities and other Democratic-leaning voters. From the AP...

Just 4 Days After Positive Test, It's Now Negative for Abbott

Texas governor says vaccine likely helped keep his illness 'brief and mild'

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has tested negative for COVID-19, just four days after testing positive. "I'm told that my infection was brief and mild because of the vaccination that I received," Abbott said in a video clip posted on his Twitter account on Saturday. "...

Greg Abbott Has COVID
Greg Abbott Has COVID

Greg Abbott Has COVID

Texas governor in isolation after breakthrough infection

(Newser) - In the days to come, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will be leading the fight against mask and vaccine mandates from home. The Republican's office confirmed Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be isolating at the Governor's Mansion, CNN reports. The 63-year-old is "fully...

Texas House Speaker Signs 52 Arrest Warrants for Dems

Following state Supreme Court ruling overturning restraining order on arrests, 80-12 vote in House

(Newser) - On Tuesday, the Texas Supreme Court overturned a district court's restraining order that blocked the arrest of Democrats in the state's House of Representatives who fled Texas last month for DC to break quorum and keep the chamber from voting on restrictive voting bills. The all-Republican high court...

Texas to Use Out-of-State Medical Workers as COVID Surges

Gov. Greg Abbott also asks hospitals to voluntarily postpone elective surgeries to clear up beds

(Newser) - As COVID cases surge in Texas, with some of its largest school districts defying Greg Abbott's mask mandates ban so they can combat that surge, the governor is now confronting a different problem related to the spike. On Monday, Abbott announced he'd reached out to the Texas Hospital...

Texas Districts Require Masks, in Defiance of Governor

Dallas, Austin mandate them, while Houston considers it

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has barred school districts from continuing to issue mask mandates, but the state's second-largest district is issuing one in defiance of his executive order. The Dallas Independent School District said Monday that students, faculty, and staff must wear face masks on campus as COVID-19 cases...

With Democrats Still Gone, Abbott Calls New Session

Governor says he'll keep calling special sessions as opponents criticize agenda of 'conspiracy theories'

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott has called a second special session of the Texas legislature for this weekend, adding six issues to his wish list despite the fact that nothing can pass if House Democrats remain out of state. The agenda now has 17 items, including the election measure that led the...

Texas Governor on Lawmakers: 'They Will Be Arrested'
Texas Governor on Lawmakers:
'They Will Be Arrested'
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Texas Governor on Lawmakers: 'They Will Be Arrested'

Greg Abbott criticizes Democrats who fled state to block new voting laws

(Newser) - The national debate over voting laws is very much in the spotlight again Tuesday, and not only because President Biden plans to address the topic in a speech in Philadelphia . Democratic lawmakers in Texas remained holed up in DC after fleeing the state to prevent new restrictions from going into...

Texas Governor's Surprise Veto Spurs a Hashtag

Greg Abbott nixes bill on tethering dogs, leading to #AbbottHatesDogs trend

(Newser) - A bipartisan bill in Texas meant to protect dogs from abuse easily passed the state House and Senate with backing from law enforcement, animal control officers, and animals rights activists before landing on the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott—who then vetoed it. Friday's surprise move spawned the trending...

Texans Need Guns, Abbott Says After Signing Bills

NRA boss watches governor sign repeal of permit requirement

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott invoked not just the imagery of the Alamo when he signed a package of legislation relaxing gun control laws in Texas—he called on the head of the National Rifle Association to line up with him. The governor staged a bill-signing ceremony Thursday in San Antonio, a...

Texas Governor Wants to Crowdfund Border Wall

Greg Abbott says state is providing $250M down payment for 'hundreds of miles' of wall

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to build a wall, and he isn't claiming Mexico is going to pay for it. Instead, the Republican is encouraging people to crowdfund a wall along the state's border with Mexico with donations of cash and land, the New York Times reports. The...

Texas to Permit Carrying Handgun Without a License

Governor says he'll sign though police have doubts

(Newser) - Texas legislators on Monday approved removing some of the few remaining restrictions on gun ownership in the state. The measure being sent to Gov. Greg Abbott will let Texans carry handguns without a license and without undergoing a background check and training, CNBC reports. Abbott has said he'll sign...

How a False Story of a Biden Burger Ban Got Started

Biden's climate plan says nothing about holding the beef, despite story about a study

(Newser) - First, the Daily Mail ran a story—along with a colorful graphic and a photo of a double cheeseburger—about what President Biden's plan to attack climate change "could" require Americans to spend and give up. Everyone might be required to buy a $55,000 electric car, install...

Gov. McConaughey? Polls Say Alright, Alright, Alright

Actor is currently at 45% to Gov. Abbott's 33%, if he runs in Texas

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey has been talking about a gubernatorial run in his home state of Texas for a few months now , and if he does actually enter next year's race, a new poll gives him pretty good odds. Specifically, the Dallas Morning News/University of Texas at Tyler poll finds that...

Another State Bans 'Vaccine Passports'

Texas governor says vaccination programs shouldn't interfere with 'personal freedoms'

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, declaring that vaccination efforts must happen "without treading on Texans' personal freedoms," issued an executive order Tuesday banning government-mandated "vaccine passports." The order prohibits government agencies from requiring anybody to be vaccinated or to show proof of vaccination in order to receive...

Pushback on Texas Order: 'Don't Cut Off Your Parachute'

Criticism emerges after Gov. Abbott rescinds mask mandate, orders state to reopen '100%'

(Newser) - Next Wednesday is a big day for the Lone Star State: Per a Tuesday executive order announced by Gov. Greg Abbott , Texas will be opening "100%" on that date, and there will no longer be a statewide mandate for people to wear face masks. Per the Texas Tribune , local...

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