Texas Supreme Court Asked To Rule On Abbott’s Defunding Of Legislature

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is joined by state and city officials as he gives an update on the coronavirus outbreak in San Antonio. Abortion clinics in Texas filed an emergency motion Saturday, April 11, 2020, asking the Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court order and allow abortions when they can be performed using medication during the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott issued an executive order last month that bars non-essential medical procedures so that medical resources can go to treating coronavirus patients. Texas' attorney general has said that providing abortions other than for an immediate medical emergency would violate the order. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

The Texas Supreme Court is being asked to rule on the constitutionality of Gov. Greg Abbott’s defunding of the state legislature.  Abbott issued a line-item veto of Article Ten in the state budget, which pays for the Legislature and its staff, after the end of the regular session.  The veto was in response to House Democrats walking off the floor to prevent a vote on the election integrity bill.  House Democrats now want the state’s all-Republican high court to overturn the veto.  Analysts call the case a separation-of-powers issue.

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