Laredo City Council approves to file temporary restraining order against governor’s mask mandate order

Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 6:43 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -The City of Laredo has joined the growing movement in the state going up against Governor Greg Abbott and his executive order prohibiting mask mandates.

Council voted unanimously to file a temporary restraining order during this evening’s emergency called meeting to repeal executive order GA38.

Council says if they do not hear back from the state by Friday, another emergency meeting will be called where they will move forward with mandating face coverings in local public schools and city buildings.

The city released the following press release:

“The City of Laredo held an Emergency City Council Meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 11. This meeting was called by Mayor Pete Saenz, publishing an agenda item, requesting the Local Health Authority, Dr. Victor Treviño, to issue a Public Health Order establishing the mandatory use of a mask in public schools and municipal buildings.

The members of the Council met in executive session with City Management, Legal Department; including Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Chief, Guillermo Heard; Health Department Director, Richard Chamberlain; and Laredo Health Authority, Dr. Victor Trevino. After careful consideration, Council made a motion to file a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott and the State of Texas, seeking to repeal portions of Executive Order 38 and to allow the requirement of face masks in schools. Additionally, the motion included the request of the restoration of power to the City Mayor and the Local Health Authority and to fight other mandates such as prohibiting municipalities from requiring City employees to get vaccinated.

The City will expect a response from the court by Friday, if no response is received, City Council will meet again to allow Dr. Trevino to suggest any other measures that Council can consider to protect all students before the new school year begins Monday.”

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