July 2, 2020
The Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance is suing Gov. Greg Abbott in response to his renewed restrictions on bars and restaurants amid an increase in COVID-19 infections, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The organization’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Austin, follows a separate Travis County District Court case in which about two dozen bar owners and private citizens challenged the constitutionality of Abbott’s recent executive order.
“We will continue to stand against the unjust and irrational closing of only certain businesses that have obtained an alcohol license,” TBNA said in a letter addressed to its members.
The group of 17 plaintiffs from cities across Texas — including Austin, Humble, Allen, Brownsville and Fredericksburg — said Abbott’s executive order was unconstitutional and that they would ask the court to prevent the governor from enforcing parts of his June 26 executive order related to bars and restaurants.
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