Judge allows Austin mask mandate to continue, rejecting Texas AG Ken Paxton's arguments

AUSTIN, Texas — Rejecting arguments by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Travis County judge declined Friday to block Austin and Travis County orders requiring employees and customers to wear a face covering in local businesses. State District Judge Lora Livingston announced her ruling in a short order Friday afternoon after a three-hour hearing held remotely via Zoom. “I cannot find that (the state) met its burden to demonstrate the right to the relief it seeks,” Livingston said, adding that a signed order will follow with additional details. Paxton is expected to quickly appeal the ruling…

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