Ken Paxton said that he had previously called on the city and county authorities to execute the governor’s order, but was refused.
The Texas prosecutor’s office sued the state capital authorities because they failed to comply with the governor’s instructions to cancel the mandatory mask regime introduced earlier due to the pandemic. This was reported on Thursday by CNN.
State Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the complaint in the Travis County court, in which Austin is located. The defendants in this lawsuit are Democrats-Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Andy Brown, and the head of the Austin Department of Health, Mark Escott. The Attorney General expects to get them to comply with the instructions of the state’s governor, Republican Greg Abbott, in court. In early March, he abolished the mandatory mask regime in the state and also lifted restrictions on the operation of enterprises.
On Twitter, the state attorney general said on Thursday that he had previously called on the city and county authorities to proceed with the governor’s order but was refused. “So I’m going to court,” Paxton said, noting that the mayor of Austin refuses to “take the right measures on his own.”
Along with Texas, the decision to abolish the mandatory mask regime was made in the last few days by the authorities of the states of Wyoming, Mississippi, Maryland, and Oklahoma, which Republicans also lead. US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, criticized the lifting of such restrictions.