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Texas sues Biden Administration over gender identity protections

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by By Nina Banks, The – 2024-05-21 19:48:38

SUMMARY: Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and members of the Biden Administration over LGBTQ+ workforce protections. The lawsuit argues that EEOC's guidance, which defines what constitutes unlawful workplace harassment regarding gender identity, unfairly targets Texas. Paxton claims it would force Texas to reassess its agencies, creating financial and sovereignty issues. This lawsuit is Paxton's 75th against the federal government since Biden's inauguration, reflecting his opposition to the administration's agenda. The legal battle aligns with a previous case where Paxton successfully contested the Biden administration's protections for LGBTQ+ employees, presided over by Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk.

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Migrants’ rights groups sue to block new asylum rules

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by By Alejandro Serrano, The – 2024-06-12 18:43:27

SUMMARY: Two immigrant rights groups in Texas have sued the federal government over a new executive order by President Joe Biden. The order temporarily halts granting asylum to most migrants when illegal border entry numbers are high. The groups argue the order undermines the U.S. asylum system, violates federal laws, and imposes unreasonable screening standards. They claim it intimidates migrants, failing to recognize genuine fear of persecution. The American Civil Liberties Union and other law groups are representing the plaintiffs. Both Republicans and Democrats in Texas criticized the order, albeit for different reasons. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and RAICES.

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Judge dismisses Paxton’s lawsuit over Austin pot ordinance

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by By Luz Moreno-Lozano, KUT , The – 2024-06-12 17:01:10

SUMMARY: A Travis County judge dismissed Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawsuit against Austin's 2022 voter-approved ordinance decriminalizing marijuana possession. Paxton's suit claimed Austin was violating state law and promoting drug use, mirroring legal actions taken against San Marcos, Killeen, Denton, and Elgin. Austin's ordinance, which permits possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana, passed as police found it hard to distinguish between marijuana and hemp, legalized in 2019. Ground Game Texas, leading these initiatives, sees the ruling as a significant precedent. Efforts to decriminalize marijuana are also underway in Dallas. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Ted Cruz’s bill to protect IVF blocked

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by By Isaac Yu, The – 2024-06-12 16:43:05

SUMMARY: Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to protect access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) was blocked by Democrats, who supported an alternative bill establishing IVF as a federal right. Cruz's legislation, co-sponsored by Sen. Katie Britt, aimed to withhold Medicaid funds from states banning IVF, but Democrats criticized it for legal loopholes and potential restrictions. The debate follows concerns about IVF's legal status after the overturning of Roe v. Wade and state rulings defining embryos as human life. Democrats, led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, are pushing their own IVF bill, but it faces opposition. Rep. Colin Allred linked Cruz's anti-abortion stance to the current legal uncertainty surrounding IVF.

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