AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas laws continue to make headlines across the country. Here are some of the biggest stories from Lone Star State this week.
‘No unit in Texas’
On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a major public total ban anyone imposed COVID-19 vaccines in Texas.
In a executive order, Abbott wrote: No entity in Texas may compel the receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any person, including an employee or a consumer, who for any reason of personal conscience objects to such vaccination, based on a religious belief or for medical reasons. , including previous recovery after COVID-19. ”
The order is in conflict with pressure. Joe Biden’s executive order requiring employers with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations for workers – what the governor calls “federal overreach” and “bullying” of business owners.
In September, Abbott said: “The federal government must stop trying to run private companies. Both Texans and Americans have learned and mastered the safe practices of protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID, and do not need the government to tell them how to do it. ”
Meanwhile, the National Advocacy Organization Committee to Protect Health Care said Abbott’s decision is an example of the government intervening in health care.
“Texas is about business, and individual companies need to be able to set policies for their employees,” said Dr. Joanna Schwartz, a pediatric emergency room specialist in Austin. “People do not always make the best decision. Many people are driven by misinformation available on the internet on social media. ”
Many are concerned that Abbott’s ban will only confuse Texas business owners, who now do not know whether to listen to President Biden or Governor Abbott.
“If I can tell you that I want to listen to the Biden administration, I will be in trouble with the state. If I can tell you that I want to listen to Governor Abbott, then I will be in trouble with the national mandate, ”said Vijay Patel, CEO of Humble Origins Hospitality, which owns / operates several hotels in the Austin area. “So we’m totally confused.”
Residues from Hurricane Pamela pushed through Central Texas Wednesday night, first affecting Hill Country and then the Austin Metro until Thursday night.
Heavy rains led to some significant flooding in several areas, mainly in the Hill Country. Several area school districts started classes late Thursday, including in Hays County, Wimberley and Lockhart.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office made five water rescues Thursday morning, mostly near La Grange. The city had more than eight inches of rain, causing several vehicles to get stuck in high water.
While Austin was mostly flood-prone, Barton Springs Pool closed Thursday while crews assessed any damage. It is not yet known when the pool will reopen.
Abortion ban continues
On Thursday, a federal appeals court decided to allow Texas’ controversial bill to ban abortions after a six-week period — meaning the legislation can be brought back to the U.S. Supreme Court.
While Senate Proposal 8 does not outline a specific timeline for when such abortions would be banned, a fetal heartbeat can be detected as quickly as six weeks inside the pregnancy before many women even know they are pregnant.
Republican-backed law allows any Texas citizen to sue doctors or anyone who helps or performs an abortion for up to $ 10,000 if a heartbeat was recorded in the womb at the time of the abortion.
The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals extended an earlier ruling that allowed SB 8 to stand. This is the third time that the court has ruled in this way. For opponents of the bill, the fight continues.
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