District judge rules against Paxton, sides with City of Austin in mask mandates lawsuit

District Judge Lora Livingston has denied Texas AG Ken Paxton’s temporary restraining order on Austin-area mask mandates.

Per Chuck Lindell on Friday “at hearing this morning, District Judge Lora Livingston does not grant a temporary restraining order requested by AG Ken Paxton to stop Austin and Travis County from continuing to enforce mask mandates.”

“The state-wide mask mandate is lifted today,” the attorney general’s office tweeted. “Yet once again, [Mayor Steve Adler] and [Travis County Judge Andy Brown] are trying to figure how they can buck state law and resist [Gov. Abbott]. We’re looking at every avenue available to stop them. More to come.”

Paxton’s office also wrote Wednesday:

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@MayorAdler & @AndyBrownATX , you and local health authorities have until 6:00pm today to rescind any mask mandates or business-operating restrictions and come into full compliance with GA-34 ➡️

Otherwise, on behalf of the State of Texas, I will sue you.