Texas: Governor Abbott Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration In May 2023

~ Texas Governor Greg Abbott has renewed the disaster proclamation for all counties in the state, keeping in place executive orders that protect Texans' freedom by suspending the power of local governments to require masks, compel vaccinations, and close businesses.

The proclamation was issued on May 15th, 2021 under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code and is effective immediately. This renewal follows a series of executive orders and suspensions of Texas laws issued by Governor Abbott since March 13th, 2020 aimed at protecting the health and safety of Texans, ensuring uniformity throughout the State, and achieving the least restrictive means of combating the evolving threat posed by COVID-19.

Under Executive Orders GA-13, GA-37, GA-38, GA-39, and GA-40 local governments are divested of any lawful authority to subject Texans to mask mandates, vaccine mandates or business closure mandates. The Governor has stated that renewing the disaster declaration does not infringe on the rights or liberties of any law abiding Texans.

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The proclamation also authorizes the use of all available resources of state government and political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster. Furthermore it suspends any regulatory statute prescribing procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would prevent necessary action in coping with this declared disaster upon written approval from the Office of the Governor.

The Governor has stated that he intends to keep these executive orders and suspensions in place until the Legislature can enact laws this session to prohibit local governments from imposing restrictions like mask mandates and vaccine mandates.

In accordance with statutory requirements copies of this proclamation have been filed with applicable authorities.

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