During a disaster declaration as we’re presently under, Texas law recognizes mayors and county judges “as the governor’s designated agent,” and they may exercise the powers granted to the governor “on an appropriate local scale” during a disaster declaration.

The coronavirus disease has deeply altered our economy, and a substantial number of Texans are out of work and unable to pay August rent. Their families are at risk of being evicted in record numbers, and mayors and county leaders are trying to prevent a humanitarian crisis by temporarily suspending these evictions.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton got it disastrously wrong in his recent formal opinion forbidding popular local rules across Texas, which halt landlord evictions during these ongoing local states of emergency.

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