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Texas Supreme Court Ruling Pits State Vs Local

July 06, 2018 - 9:09 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The Texas State Supreme Court’s overturning of local bag bans in Texas cities is seen by some as a continuation of the growing rift between state and local.

About a year ago Texas Governor Abbott rolled out his special session call that included eleven bills to rein in power over cities and counties.

“I’m calling for legislation that reduces, restricts and prohibits local regulations” said Abbott.

The Texas Supreme Court decision against local bag bans is seen as the latest in this battle according to Rice University Political Scientist Mark Jones.

“For eight years Texas Republicans could focus in on a common enemy in the White House; and that was Barack Obama. He’s gone and to unite Texas Republicans they now need another common enemy and their finding that at the local level in Democratic held cities” said Jones. 

Jones says the focus is on reining in the authority of cities that are controlled by Democrats pursuing policies that Republicans don’t agree with.